14 Movies That Took Way Too Long To Make

Some filmmakers just won't take no for an answer. Never mind that no one's interested in funding their horny space epic; they're going to sacrifice their youth, their career, and their credit to get it made!

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Eraserhead (1977) 5 YEARS CRACKED.CON Being David Lynch's first feature-length film, the American Film Institute had no idea that 20 pages equals not 20 minutes in Lynchian terms. They greenlit his little student film, and it quickly became an absolute clusterfudge of nitpicking and emergency fundraising. One scene, featuring the

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Cronos (1993)) VAERE YEARS TALE Of ORHOINALITY. 8 AACA8BB HVAOUD ANO ABESTINO VUA4. MCONSISTENTLY IMAIGUING 1G 2 -A 81818 BLEND FUN, FRIGHT AND MORAL FERVOR. GREAT MACABRE GUSTO. EXOTIC. VERY STYLISH And SOPHISTICATED. CRACKEDd Guillermo del Toro's hit horror film almost died on the vine, several times. His signature

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Roar (1981) 11 YEARS CRACKEDcO This may be the most tragic comedy in the history of entertainment. After four years of principal photography, a freak flood ruined their location, killed a bunch of lions, and destroyed a ton of the footage they had managed to compile.

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Vegas in Space (1991) 10 YEARS CRACKED CO Weirdly, 1980's America wasn't ready for a sci-fi comedy about astronauts in drag trying to infiltrate the planet Clitoris. It took director Phillip R. Ford most of that decade just to raise the necessary funds.

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The Thin Red Line (1998) 10 YEARS N ADRIEN BRODY JIM CAVIEZEL BEN CHAPLIN GEORGE CLOONAY JOHN CUSACK WOODY HARRELSON CRACKED cO Director Terrence Malick insisted on boning uP on all kinds of insect textbooks before and during production, SO that every last shot could drive home his big humans and

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The Thief and the Cobbler (1993) 28 YEARS CRACKED.COM It took animator Richard Williams that long to intermittently secure funding and hand-animate this incredibly detailed proto-Aladdin. His work on Who Framed Roger Rabbit? got the funding across the finish line (and, ironically, got him booted from the project entirely).

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Tiefland 1954) 20 YEARS CRACKEDC Writer, director, and star Leni Riefenstahl had to pause production for a spell to go ahead and produce... Nazi war propaganda, yikes. Hitler eventually gave her the all-clear, but that pesky war kept messing up her shooting schedule.

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Avatar (2009) 10 YEARS CRACKED CO James Cameron intended to jump right into this one the moment Titanic hit theaters, but instead he had to wait for production technology to catch up to his vision. His horny, alien-doinking vision.

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The Simpsons Movie (2007) 9 YEARS CRACKED CON Animating a feature-len film is always a heavy lift, but this one sputtered out a few times, in part because they kept dipping into their proposed movie plots for regular 30-minute episodes. Apparently the Spider-Pig jingle was just too big for TV!

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Sleeping Beauty (1959) 8 YEARS Owt WISHING WEL TR CRACKEDFcO Before animation could even start, they actually filmed the entire movie, live on a soundstage, for the animators to use as guides. The animation process itself was much more onerous back then, in no small part because they painstakingly gender-quarantined

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The Lego Movie (2014) 4 YEARS CRACKEDCO There's a reason why sequels and reboots are the most popular films lately -- making an original story is hard. Once the killer story was finalized, they went to excruciating lengths to make this CGI masterpiece appear to be stop-motion animation.

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Boyhood (2014) 12 YEARS CRACKED cO This incredibly ambitious production followed a bunch of real people for over a decade. Director Richard Linklater could only film one week out of the year, for 12 years.

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Avatar 2 20222) 13 YEARS CRACKED Once again, Cameron decided not to rest before tackling his next opus. But when his vision grew to include 3 more movies and underwater motion-capture, he once again had to wait for our antiquated earthly technology to catch up to his dreams of intricately

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Koyaanisqatsi (1982) 7 YEARS CRACKED.CON This wordless documentary/ poem hybrid used slow-mo and timelapse to take the viewer from deep in nature to deep inside the beating heart of a bustling city. Pretty neat! Well, the whole thing started with the leftover budgetary scraps of an nti-Ritalin public service campaign,