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The flames are hot here in development hell, and there’s way too much cocaine. Way, way too much. So why wouldn’t we come back? When we first examined 8 Promised Movies That Still Haven’t Been Made, it was an exploration of the complex world of filmmaking where the smallest issue can derail an entire project potentially worth millions. Nervous executives, scheduling conflicts, hangnails. Getting a movie made is a miracle, and even those that get hailed in the press as moving forward are sometimes abandoned. Considering our national grand obsession with hypotheticals, here are 8 more movies we were told would happen that haven’t (including some that won’t).

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CaptainMarvel

With the hiring of Bill Birch, should we be celebrating taking chances on new talent or still lamenting the loss of John August? Either way, Captain Marvel still has a long way to go.

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As scribe John August explained on his personal blog yesterday, Shazam! has died in the script stage due to some cold feet and misguided direction of the execs at Warner Bros.

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Captain Marvel

The last time we were talking about the Captain Marvel movie, known to many as Shazam!, director Peter Segal and I were sitting at Comic-Con in 2007. And a year later the project has made a comeback.

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Perhaps to avoid confusions and comparisons to the 1996 blockbuster Kazaam, the new Captain Marvel project is being renamed.

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“Fat guy in a little coat… Fat guy in a little coat.” No, this isn’t a reenactment of when “Fat Guys at the Movies” co-host Kevin Carr goes into the Big & Tall store to buy a jacket. It is a quote from one of the most famous fat guy comedies, TOMMY BOY. I had a chance to sit down and talk to the man who directed that flick, Peter Segal. It turns out, Pete has a new movie coming out and a few projects on the horizon. His new film is GET SMART, starring Steve Carrell as Maxwell Smart, Anne Hathaway as Agent 99, The Rock as Agent 23, Alan Arkin as the Chief and Terrance Stamp as the mastermind behind KAOS. The film is based on the very popular 1960′s TV show of the same name — and with this renewed version, Segal and squad are just looking to pay their respects.

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