Monday, May 28, 2012

20 Novelizations That Never Got Published


Compiled by Chris Poggiali
and Michael Gingold


Actually, two of these are photonovels and one is a screenplay, so to be more accurate (some would say nitpicky) it's 17 novelizations that were announced for publication but ultimately never reached completion. We would've bought most of these if they'd seen the light of day.




BATTLEFIELD EARTH (2000)
Fotonovel announced but scrapped once the movie bombed

BEWITCHED (2005)
Novelization by Cathy East Dubowski, from HarperEntertainment

THE CAPTURE OF BIGFOOT (1979)
A novelization was announced by Dale Books

THE CHELSEA GIRLS (1971)
Novelized by William Johnston, from Lancer Books

DEATH WISH 3 (1985)
A novelization was announced in the trailer, but reportedly one phone call from Death Wish author Brian Garfield put a stop to it

DEUCES WILD (2001)
Pocket Books novelization by Max Allan Collins

ED (1996)
A junior novelization by Elaine Moore, from Price Stern Sloan

EXORCIST: THE BEGINNING (2003)
The movie was released as DOMINION: PREQUEL TO THE EXORCIST but the novelization -- written by Steven Piziks, from Pocket Star -- was never published.

GIGLI (2003)
Novelization by Robert Westbrook, from Onyx, apparently unpublished

HEAVY TRAFFIC (1973)
An illustrated hardcover novelization from Putnam & Sons

HERE ON EARTH (2000)
Novelization by Wendy Loggia, from Dell Books

HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 3 (2008)
A color "Cine-Manga" photonovel from TokyoPop

HIGHWAYMEN (2005)
A British novelization by Jonathan Clements, from Black Flame

THE INTERPRETER (2005)
Novelization from Berkeley, written by David Jacobs

THE LAST MOVIE (1971)
Dennis Hopper's screenplay was to be published by Signet Film Series

NACHO LIBRE (2006)
A junior novelization by Marc Cerasini, from Simon Spotlight

OCEAN'S 12 (2004)
Novelization from Onyx

STEP UP 2: THE STREETS (2008)
Announced by Disney but unpublished

SUPERNOVA (2000)
Novelization by Steven E. McDonald, from Tor

TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE: THE BEGINNING (2006)
British novelization from Black Flame, written by Stephen Hand

4 comments:

  1. I never wrote nor was I approached to write a novelization of DEUCES WILD. That may have been a tentative title for a CSI novel.

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  2. Thanks for the correction! We'll have to strike that one from the manuscript.

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  3. "Superman the Movie" (1978) by Mario Puzo was written and typeset, but ended up being replaced by Superman: Last Son of Krypton" by Elliot S! Maggin (yes, that's his name) which was based on the comic version, not the movie version of Superman.

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  4. Just stumbled across this blog entry, dragging up memories...

    I finished writing the Highwaymen novelisation, delivered it and got paid. I was pretty proud of it, too, and my editor warily cautioned me that it "bordered on being literature."

    The film didn't quite go straight to video, but might as well have done -- it was essentially buried. Since the novelisation was a marketing expense, for a film that would not now be marketed, it was just shelved. I put an extract from it on my website, only to get an email from Black Flame reminding me that I didn't own it, and it was up to New Line to decide what to do with it... which turns out to be Absolutely Nothing.

    Maybe one day they'll dump it on the Kindle. I hope so.

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