Warner Bros.' decision to put "Jersey Boys" in a turnaround gives director Jon Favreau and producer Graham King the opportunity to shop the film to other studios, and it's just the latest example of Hollywood studios putting the bottom line on top of all other priorities. Time and time again over the last few years, major films have been put on ice because of growing budgets and financial risk.
"The bigger the budget, the cleaner the concept needs to be," Adam Fogelson, chairman of Universal Pictures, said to The New Yorker earlier this year. "Because you need to appeal not just to all four quadrants, but to people who speak every language under the sun. So ambiguity and darkness are tough."
Echoed Ron Meyer, Universal's president: "We looked at the economics of ['At the Mountains of Madness' and 'Dark Tower,' two projects killed by the studio] and it just didn't make sense for us, for what we would have to put out for what we could make back. It didn't feel secure enough for us, and that's the reason we didn't do it."
Ahead, 12 films that Hollywood has canceled (or is close to canceling) because of economics.