For every great movie, there are hundreds of ideas that get left on the cutting room floor. Some of those ideas would have been spectacular to see brought to life, while others probably should’ve never been thought of in the first place. For example, this week we learned a lot about the world of Star Trek, from Sulu being gay in Star Trek: Beyond to Star Trek: The Motion Picture being an almost completely different movie. Today, we’ll be taking a look at five movies that had amazing (or not so amazing) ideas cut from the final product. Let’s jump right in!
5. Star Trek – Kirk Almost Battled Jesus Christ – Yes, Really
The legendary man behind the world of Star Trek, Gene Roddenberry, wanted to make a completely different first film than what we ended up seeing. In the original script for Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Roddenberry wrote some “mildly erotic, mid-life crisis stuff” according to author Michael Jan Friedman who wrote the novelization of the movie following Gene’s death. One of the weirdest parts of the original script took place during the climax in which “Kirk had a fistfight with an alien who had assumed the image of Jesus Christ.”
Clearly, some of these script changes were clearly made for the better, whereas others, such as Nottingham, would have been amazing to see brought to the big screen. Which of these films would you have most liked to see? Which ones are you glad were changed? Let me know in the comments below!
Jeremiah is a senior at Barry University where they study Biochemistry, with minors in Biology and English Professional Writing. They worked in the entertainment journalism industry for half a decade and founded All Things Reel out of a desire to write about the things that they geeks out about on the regular. Jeremiah serves as the Editor-In-Chief at All Things Reel meaning they produce content, edits the content of other writers, and runs the website.
Favorite movies: Ex Machina, Thor: Ragnarok, The Last Jedi
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