18 Famous Movies That Were Nearly Awful

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Movies go through a lot of drafts in their early stages, presumably by exhausted creative teams trying to figure out what the kids are into these days. Because of that, there are so many ill-conceived ideas that it's wild that anything coherent makes it to the theaters at all.

Here are some of the weirdest plots and characters that studios were seriously considering, with links to more detailed explanations.


PETER JACKSON WANTED AN APE LEONARDO. Tim Burton's Planet of the Apes isn't the most yes, that makes sense sort of movie. But back when it was JacksFrom 5 Classic Movies That Were Almost Ruined By Horrifying Ideas.


ALIEN COULD HAVE BEEN A LAUGHABLE B-MOVIE. ALLEN The original script was rewritten to add a couple subplots and tighten some of the dialogue- and in tFrom 7 Terrible Early Versions of Great Movies.


WE COULD HAVE HAD WOOKIEE FIGHTER PILOTS. Early drafts of Star Wars didn't look a lot like Star Wars. For starters, the lead was a fat, horny teenagerFrom 7 Terrible Early Versions of Great Movies.


TRUMAN WAS SUPPOSED TO THREATEN TO KILL A BABY. The Truman Show's original screenplay reaches deep into Truman's breakdown. Once he learns that his liFrom 8 Iconic Characters That Were Originally Insane.


NEO WAS GOING TO WIN WITH THE POWER OF THE FINGER. Remember the ending of The Matrix, when Neo stops the bullets and destroys Agent Smith? In the firsFrom 7 Terrible Early Versions of Great Movies.


WALL-E WAS TO FIGHT ALIEN BLOBS OF JELLO. In WALL-E'S first drafts, the adorable little robot is roped into a rebellion against evil, blob-like aliensFrom 6 Baffling First Drafts Of Famous Movies.


BIRDMAN WAS ORIGINALLY THE SETUP FOR A JOKE ABOUT JOHNNY DEPP. Birdman's ending is ambiguous and poignant -but it could have easily been a dumb joke aFrom 6 Baffling First Drafts Of Famous Movies.


RETURN OF THE JEDI ORIGINALLY FEATURED AN UNDEAD OBI-WAN. In the first script, Luke travels to a lava planet to confront Vader - and Obi-Wan Kenobi joFrom 6 Baffling First Drafts Of Famous Movies.