Christopher Nolan has made iconic comic book movies and many of Hollywood’s most daring original movies, but what if his most prized script never got to see the big screen? Such is the case with Nolan’s Howard Hughes biopic, one of countless unmade movies that became a thing of legend over the years. Most major auteurs have at least one passion project that never got made during their career, if not a handful of projects. In the cases of directors like Ridley Scott and Guillermo del Toro there are too many unrealized projects to count, while in other cases a project goes unmade with one director only to be resurrected with another.
The history of unmade movies is expansive (Kubrick’s “Napoleon,” for instance), but in taking a look at some of the most epic unmade films developed by today’s best working directors one gets a sense that there could be a masterpiece or two waiting in the wings (especially with Spike Jonze’s “Harold and the Purple Crayon”). Check out some of IndieWire’s most desired unmade movies in the list below.