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Old 05-10-2019, 04:23 PM
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Willis O'Brien, the creator of King Kong and other such films, had a number of unrealized projects he wanted to do.

King Kong vs. Frankenstein -- he actually did lots of conceptual drawings of various over-sized artificial humans who would be his "Frankenstein". He and King Kong would fight one-on-one using stop-motion animation puppets. My 8-year-old self would've loved it. It got retitled several times, including "King Kong vs. Prometheus". Ultimately it served as the inspiration not only for "King Kong vs. Godzilla" but also "Frankenstein Conquers the World" and "War of the Gargantuas".

The War Eagles

The idea sounds insane -- Vikings riding on giant eagles to war, but I could see it working, in O'Brien's hands

O'Brien's plans for Gwangi were ultimately realized by his protege, Ray Harryhausen, when he released the Valley of Gwangi in the 1960s.

Harryhausen himself had many unrealized projects. My favorite would have been his stop-motion version of War of the Worlds, done as a period piece. Unfortunately, George Pal beat him to it. But Harryhausen would've given us stop-motion tripods instead of those flying things, and I would've liked to have seen that. Stop motion "strobing" gives a great impression of massive mechanical motion, as Lucas showed us with the AT-ATs in The Empire Strikes Back.
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