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Films we can only imagine

Disney has shelved the Lone Ranger adaptation. Here are five other films that never saw the light of day.

Disney's much-vaunted Lone Ranger adaptation, starring Johnny Depp, has been put on hold due to its spiralling price tag. Here are five other films that never saw the light of day.

Take Five... Napoleon

Stanley Kubrick dreamt of shooting a biopic of the French Emperor. But after three films featuring Napoleon failed at the box office in 1971, MGM studios pulled the plug on the expensive project.

Take Four... Batman Versus Superman

This idea was germinating in Hollywood before the likes of Superman Returns and Batman Begins. Both superheroes were set to square off in a script written by Se7en's Andrew Kevin Walker, but Warner Brothers decided to focus on Superman Returns instead.

Take Three... Megalopolis

The Godfather director Francis Ford Coppola had been flogging a futuristic script about a New York architect's plan to transform the city into a utopian society. The project was abandoned after the September 11 attacks out of sensitivity.

Take Two... Ghostbusters in Hell

Ghostbusters stars Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis had been gunning for a third instalment of the successful series, even going as far as penning a first draft script. But with Bill Murray refusing to take part in order to focus on more serious roles, the idea fizzled.

Take One... Who Killed Bambi?

It was supposed to be a punk music take of The Beatles' A Hard Day's Night starring The Sex Pistols, but the vulgar script by the film critic Roger Ebert reportedly caused 20th Century Fox to pull the funding.

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