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Underexposed! The 50 Greatest Movies Never Made


The 50 Greatest Movies Never Made

By Josh Hull and PosterSpy
Foreword by Fred Dekker


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  • Publication Date: May 25, 2021
  • Imprint: Abrams Books
  • ISBN: 9781683359180
  • Page Count: 256
  • Illustrations: 50 color illustrations
  • Rights: World

The untold stories behind the 50 greatest movies never made, illustrated by 50 new and original posters

For most films, it’s a long, strange road from concept to screen, and sometimes those roads lead to dead ends. In Underexposed! The 50 Greatest Movies Never Made, screenwriter and filmmaker Joshua Hull guides readers through development hell. With humor and reverence, Hull details the speed bumps and roadblocks that kept these films from ever reaching the silver screen. From the misguided and rejected, like Stanley Kubrick’s Lord of the Rings starring the Beatles; to films that changed hands and pulled a U-turn in development, like Steven Spielberg’s planned Oldboy adaptation starring Will Smith; to would-be masterpieces that might still see the light of day, like Guillermo del Toro’s In the Mountains of Madness, Hull discusses plotlines, rumored casting, and more.
To help bring these lost projects to life, 50 artists from around the world, in association with the online art collective PosterSpy, have contributed original posters that accompany each essay and give a glimpse of what might have been.


“In... Underexposed!, Joshua Hull and PosterSpy set out to find the facts behind the dead links and whispers, to tell the full stories of film ideas that never made it to the screen, accompanied by posters from fifty artists around the world who give a little glimpse at what might have been.”

MovieMaker Magazine
“A wonderful peek into a movie history that never actually happened, detailing productions that fell apart at various stages in the Hollywood pipeline… Films are analyzed through Hull’s witty, accessible style, and each entry includes incredible original art in the form of a poster for a movie that never was.”

About the authors

Joshua Hull is a writer, screenwriter, and filmmaker living in Central Indiana.
PosterSpy is a web-based hub for unofficial and official (hobbyist and professional) artworks/alternate posters created to celebrate popular cinema and pop culture. Find them at
Fred Dekker is a writer and director whose work includes Night of the Creeps, The Monster Squad, RoboCop 3, and 2018’s The Predator. He lives in Studio City, California.