28 Pop Culture Masterpieces (That Almost Didn’t Happen)

Cracked pays people to make smart memes. Visit the Photoplasty and Pictofacts Workshop to get in on it.

We're surrounded by pop culture franchises that everyone takes for granted. What you might not realize is that a lot of those zeitgeist staples almost didn't happen. Tons and tons of iconic, well-known books, movies, shows, songs, and even entire franchises almost landed on the scrap heap. Or did land on the scrap heap, and somehow got resurrected.

Fortunately, this contest suggestion didn't wind up in MoroseGorilla's trash bin.

Entry by Hestutomo

It was a miracle that Cleopatra (1963) ever came out. Initial filming was riddled with So many problems that the first director resigned in frustratio

Entry by VictorCamo

This is the worst screenplay that this. film company has ever been handed. This is awful. Tristar executive Mike Medavoy said about Pulp Fiction. PU

Entry by Kevin King

CRACKEDG COM Nobody wanted to film The Exorcist because the novel it is based on was a commerical flop. Author William Peter Blatty was turned down by

Entry by gicusudoru

Keith Richards composed the guitar riff from (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction while half-asleep. He didn't like the song, and as he said if I'd had my


Lord of the Rings almost didn't make it to the big screen all major studios turned Jackson down. Luckily, New Line came through, on the same day Jacks

Entry by Ann Jimenez

The CRACKED COM Godfather Finding someone to direct this epic story was not simple. The movie was offered to and rejected by 11 directors before being

Entry by Andrea Meno

HBO hated Game of Thrones' pilot, SO they almost nixed the show. GAME OF HRONES They only said yes when nearly the whole pilot was reshot.

Entry by Maclise

CRACKED.COM Halo's legendary multiplayer was almost cut from the game. For Halo: Combat Evolved Bungie just didn't have the resources to focus on mult

Entry by instantlyreal

Wilson Rawls burned his first manuscript of the book that would become Where the Red Fern Grows because his poor grammar made his writing unpublishabl


CRACKEDOON Nelson Mandela's autobiography, Long Waik Co Freedom almost got lost in prison... Nelson Nelson Mandela and Mac Maharaj painstakingly wrote

Entry by masta_X

After being dropped twice by other labels, the Sex Pistols later signed with Virgin Records in 1977 where they released Never Mind The Bollocks. NEVER

Entry by Ann Jimenez

BACY CRACKEDCO COM TO FUTURE THE The movie was not haPpening. The script was rejected 40 times for various reasons like: Columbia Pictures: Not being

Entry by Andrea Meno

Stephen King felt finishing Carrie wasn't worth the effort, and threw away the three pages he wrote. His wife found them in the trash, liked the story

Entry by Maclise

GRAYITY almost ALLS ended after one season. Showrunner Alex Hirsch was committed to not doing the second season because of burnout, until Jon Stewart

Entry by Andrea Meno

Dune was turned down by over 20 publishers, who believed SF readers only like short stories. But Chilton, a small publisher of trade and hobby magazin

Entry by gicusudoru

28 Pop Culture Masterpieces (That Almost Didn’t Happen)

Entry by Maclise

Walt Disney originally shelved Alice in Wonderland in 1933 because Paramount released their own Alice adaption first. e Dtf ALICE Work on the movie fi

Entry by VictorCamo

CRACKEDCO Due to a young and inexperienced staff We almost never got the iconic GTA series. After the TRAID development teams argued for weeks THEFT t


CRACKEDC CON THE COCOANUTS The Marx Brothers disliked their first film SO much, they tried to prevent its release. Luckily, they failed. The film went

Entry by Maclise

Rockstar saved CRACKEDCO the Red Dead franchise from Capcom's trash heap. XBOX360 xeox XECS LIE REDDEAD TIETOLVE IXBOXONE TAR GAMES DEAD HOR PRESENES

Entry by VictorCamo

CRACKEDOON The world almost never got to hearAfrica. AFKIC ToTo Toto didn't want to include the song on their album because they thought it was terr

Entry by Kevin King

Some bad luck with computers almost led to Pokemon Red and Green never being finished. ASITR GAME BOY. -AFKY 19997 SQUIRTLE :L5 NP: TTET CHARMANDER :L

Entry by Giovenna

The Little Mermaid almost never happened. Disney thought it had too many similarities to a Splash! sequel that was already in the works. CRACKEDO


CRACKED The FR.I.EN.P E gang was almost not there for you if test audiences got their way. NBC Research did a pilot run of the show and found that aud

Entry by Andrea Meno

We have Breaking Bad because Vince Gilligan hadn't heard of Weeds when he pitched it. Br eaking Balc weensk If he had, his idea would have felt too mu


Filmways, the company initially bankrolling Blade Runner, backpedaled at the last minute, leaving producer Michael Deeley with two weeks to come by $2

Entry by Andrea Meno

When Paul Verhoeven read the Robocop script, he called it a piece of S s*k*t and threw it away. His wife read it and said he could make the movie ha

Entry by Maclise

A Nightmare on EIm Street was rejected by every major movie studio until New Line Cinema stepped in. Then nearly all of the investors jumped ship righ