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‘The Best Movies That Were Never Made’ (2013)

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These are great movies that absolutely should have been made!


Okay, anyone can play this game–imagine a movie you would have loved to see, but which never got made. We could have a lot of fun with this, if a bunch of you played along with me.

I just re-read Only in New England recently. Otto Preminger, how could you have let this one slip past you? Joseph Cotten, was your agent asleep? *Sigh* It would’ve been a classic.

The ‘Bell Mountain Movie’: Bring on the Bad Guys

It will still be some months before I’ll be ready to write my next Bell Mountain novel, but I want to start psyching myself for it now.

And so I imagine an epic series of movies, no holds barred, and entertain myself by finding actors to play the host of characters involved. A lot of the major characters are children, though, and the right child actors for these parts have yet to be discovered. So I just cast for the adult roles.

Here are a few of my executive decisions so far.

Director: Akira Kurosawa

Villains (I’ve got the bad guys all lined up–don’t ask me why)

Lord Reesh: Claude Raines

Judge Tombo: Victor Buono

Goryk Gillow: Vincent Price

Lord Chutt: John Nettles (Midsomer Murders)

Ysbott the Snake: Wes Studi (Magua in The Last of the Mohicans)

Good Guys

Roshay Bault: Robert Shaw

Obst the Hermit: Max von Sydow

Szugetai the Horse Lord: Toshiro Mifune

Prester Jod: Martin Shaw

Chagadai the Ghol: Eli Wallach

Chief Xhama: Ken Gampu

Well, that’s as far as I’ve got. Looks like my readers will have to help me out! Which you can’t do, I guess, unless you’ve read the books. Some of them, at least. Be especially on the lookout for an actress in her late teens to play Queen Gurun, a most important and challenging role.

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