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Looking at the Planned 2008 Version of 'Beverly Hills Cop IV'

"The Script Pile" is a biweekly column on Splitsider that takes a look at the screenplays for high-profile movie and TV comedies that never made it to the screen.

Eddie Murphy has been trying to get a fourth Beverly Hills Cop movie made since the late '90s, and it's something he and director Brett Ratner are still currently working on. Beverly Hills Cop IV was briefly called off last year as plans to shift the franchise towards a CBS series called Beverly Hills Cop starring Axel Foley's son, Aaron Foley (played by Brandon T. Jackson, Tropic Thunder) with Murphy producing and playing a recurring role, but when the [...]

Reading Jack Handey's Lost Screenplay 'Harv the Barbarian'

"The Script Pile" is a biweekly column on Splitsider that takes a look at the screenplays for high-profile movie and TV comedies that never made it to the screen.

Called "the envy of every comedy writer in America" by The New York Times, Jack Handey spent over a decade writing for Saturday Night Live and creating memorable sketches and segments like "Deep Thoughts," "Toonces, the Cat Who Could Drive a Car," and "Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer." Handey was part of a cluster of revered writers who joined SNL in the mid-'80s and went on to dominate the comedy world in the '90s and '00s, along with Conan O'Brien, Robert [...]

Looking at the Script to Judd Apatow and Seth Rogen's Long-Lost Long Distance Relationship Rom-Com

"The Script Pile" is a biweekly column on Splitsider that takes a look at the screenplays for high-profile movie and TV comedies that never made it to the screen.

Just prior to Judd Apatow rising to power as one of the most successful writer/director/producers in comedy, he was working with Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg to write a movie called The Long D, an unproduced screenplay that I'll be look at this week.

Written in the summer of 2005, in between The 40 Year-Old Virgin's production and release, The Long D is based on an idea by Rogen and childhood friend/writing partner Evan Goldberg, who were just coming off [...]

'Happiness Isn't Everything': Mitch Hurwitz's Lost Post-'Arrested Development' Family Sitcom

"The Script Pile" is a new biweekly column on Splitsider that examines the screenplays for high-profile movie and TV comedies that never made it to the screen.

Since Arrested Development was canceled by Fox in 2006, Mitch Hurwitz has created four other shows: the short-lived Fox duo Sit Down Shut Up and Running Wilde, an American adaptation of the UK sitcom The Thick of It for ABC (which never made it to air), and the least-talked-about of the four, a rejected CBS pilot called Happiness Isn't Everything.

Considering Hurwitz is best known for creating Arrested Development, the last thing you'd ever expect him to get involved with is a mainstream [...]

'Fuzzies', the Lost Creature Feature Screenplay from 'South Park's Trey Parker

"The Script Pile" is a biweekly column on Splitsider that takes a look at the screenplays for high-profile movie and TV comedies that never made it to the screen.

In 1996, a year ahead of Comedy Central picking up South Park, the show's co-creator Trey Parker sold his first movie. Called Fuzzies, the script was written by a 24-year-old Parker, and it's a hard-to-classify feature, different than anything Parker and partner-in-crime Matt Stone have made in the nearly two decades since.

Fuzzies is a live-action movie about a mentally disabled 9-year-old boy defending his small Colorado town from being destroyed by eight-foot-tall monsters that live in the mountains. The [...]

Looking Back at Jon Lovitz's 1998 Sitcom Pilot, 'The Jon Lovitz Show'

"The Script Pile" is a biweekly column on Splitsider that takes a look at the screenplays for high-profile movie and TV comedies that never made it to the screen.

Back in 1998, Jon Lovitz co-created and starred in a pilot for an ABC comedy called The Jon Lovitz Show that was passed over by the network. The pilot was a multi-camera sitcom in which Lovitz played a fictionalized version of himself, as an actor who's so self-obsessed that he's cartoonishly jerky to everyone around him. Coming just a few years after ABC canceled Lovitz's animated show, The Critic, he co-scripted The Jon Lovitz Show with Mike Langworthy, a writer/producer [...]

'Reno 911!' Meets 'Cheers' in Tom Lennon and Ben Garant's Rejected NBC Pilot 'The Strip'

"The Script Pile" is a biweekly column on Splitsider that takes a look at the screenplays for high-profile movie and TV comedies that never made it to the screen.

After Comedy Central abruptly canceled Reno 911! in the fall of 2009, co-creators/stars Tom Lennon and Ben Garant spun around and sold a new show to NBC in just a couple months' time. Following the cancelation, Garant said this in an interview:

"We had a great run on Reno — 87 episodes and a movie. Not too shabby … Our next show is gonna be better, and it's gonna have a lot of the same faces from Reno … To [...]

'Dieter': The Surprisingly Funny Mike Myers Movie That Never Was

"The Script Pile" is a brand new biweekly column on Splitsider that examines the screenplays for high-profile Hollywood comedies that were never made.

Adapting a popular Saturday Night Live sketch into a movie is a difficult task, but Mike Myers is one of the few people who's done it successfully. The first Wayne's World was such a major hit that it made turning "It's Pat" and "Daily Affirmations with Stuart Smalley" seem like good ideas. After Wayne's World became a massive win for Myers, he began adapting his second and third most popular characters into films. His "Coffee Talk" movie deal quickly collapsed, but in 1998, coming off of the first Austin [...]

'You've Reached the Elliotts': Chris Elliott's Lost Multi-Camera CBS Family Sitcom

"The Script Pile" is a biweekly column on Splitsider that takes a look at the screenplays for high-profile movie and TV comedies that never made it to the screen.

Playing the father on a CBS multi-camera family sitcom is probably the last thing you'd expect to find Chris Elliott doing, but the beloved comedian gave more conventional TV stardom a shot nearly a decade ago in a failed pilot called You've Reached the Elliotts, which I'll be reviewing in this week's column.

Co-created by Elliott and Rob DesHotel (a writer for That '70s Show and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, among other things), the script to You've Reached the Elliotts [...]

Diving Into John Belushi's Lost Last Comedy, 'Noble Rot'

"The Script Pile" is a biweekly column on Splitsider that takes a look at the screenplays for high-profile movie and TV comedies that never made it to the screen.

John Belushi spent five years as a movie star at the end of his life, and during that time, he never starred in a movie that he wrote. At the time of his death in 1982, however, he had been writing a movie script for himself to star in with longtime SNL writer Don Novello, best known as Father Guido Sarducci, serving as his co-writer. Called Noble Rot, it was a throwback to screwball comedies that, in the wake of [...]

'Go to Hell, Mike Piazza': The Ben Stiller/Mike Piazza Baseball Comedy That Never Was

"The Script Pile" is a biweekly column on Splitsider that takes a look at the screenplays for high-profile movie and TV comedies that never made it to the screen.

In 2001, hot on the heels of major hits There's Something About Mary and Meet the Parents, Ben Stiller became arguably the biggest comedic movie star going. In the heat of this success, Stiller almost made a movie called Go to Hell, Mike Piazza, in which he would have played a guy who's hellbent on ruining the life of the famous MLB catcher, who he grew up with – and Mike Piazza was close to co-starring in the movie as himself.

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