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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A wonderful and easy read as you navigate the development of some of Hollywood's hottest intellectual properties. It's both funny and shocking in turn. It is frustrating and plain stupid at times just how Hollywood "works". There are tantalising "what if" and "if only" projects that either never made the silver screen or were transformed into something else. I've purposely avoided giving any spoilers; suffice to say that if you enjoy reading about movies you will love this book. I zipped through it and couldn't put it down. Great fun.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 22 April 2012
This is a fascinating insight into the way Hollywood works - or rather doesn't work. Based on this interesting book, I would not want to work there. Many of the stories here make me wonder how they ever get films made. However, it's not a book to read in one continuous go as some of the stories, inevitably, do sound similar. That said, some of them are funny, outrageous and fascinating, so it's well worth looking at, especially if you've ever thought of writing a script.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 11 February 2013
Tales from Development Hell chronicles the good, great, idiotic and downright plain barmy ideas that film makers have had in trying to guide film scripts and ideas to the big screen. Remember that old phrase "too many cooks spoil the broth?" Well, you get that here in spades as David Hughes catalogues Hollywood's continual quest to create box office gold which usually results in cinematic lead.

Whilst some of these films did eventually hit the big screen (Total Recall, Planet of the Apes, The Lord of The Rings), the journey to get to the end is the most tantalizing as Hughes describes the countless different directors, scripts and visions that fell by the wayside. Even more interesting are the "ones that got away" such as Crusade, Isobar, The Sandman and various reboots of Batman. All in all, if you have even the remotest interest in film or often ask "who thought that would be a good idea?" this is about the best place to start.
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on 17 November 2014
Interesting. I think Hughes' other book, about unmade sci-if movies is probably better but this is still a great read. Chapters on Crusades and The Hot Zone were very good but my favourite is the final chapter about the authors own lack of success in having screenplays produced.
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on 5 April 2015
Great insight into the disastrous blend of egos, executives and financing that have destroyed so many potentially brilliant movies.
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on 31 October 2014
An excellent if somewhat scary read ... all would be scriptwriters should start here
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on 22 December 2014
present - he loved it
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 11 July 2014
Rich in information. Poor in quality of writing.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 18 April 2012
Really enjoyed the book, very informative and interesting. Will definatley be looking at other books by David hughes. Definatley recommend this book.
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