Once upon a time, Michael Chabon wrote a novel called The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, about two Jewish cousins in New York City who create a beloved comic-book superhero. The novel won a Pulitzer Prize and was shepherded into film development—and then landed in development hell. But this clip shows what could've been ...
Directed by Jamie Caliri and created at the behest of Scott Rudin—the Oscar-gilded producer behind The Social Network, No Country for Old Men and The Hours—this short was supposed to be a simple animation test to bring the book's comic-book hero, the Escapist, to life.
Instead, Caliri gave them something else, a snippet of the script itself that would demonstrate how they could combine live action and animation in an emotionally compelling way.
Unfortunately, a Kavalier & Clay movie isn't anywhere close to being a reality. As Chabon told Details magazine in 2007:
We were so close. As far as I was told, we had been greenlighted, and we had part of a cast. Tobey Maguire was supposed to star, and Natalie Portman.... It just completely went south for studio-politics kinds of reasons that I'm not privy to.... But right now, as far as I know, there's not a lot going on.
Which is, really, too damned bad.
(via Comics Alliance)