Gene Roddenberry’s GENESIS II (Failed 1973 Pilot)

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The first failed PAX pilot by Gene Roddenberry.

BACKGROUND

Although Star Trek had been cancelled in 1969, it had great ratings in syndication and by 1972 was considered a cult hit.  Gene Roddenberry was in demand again and created a pilot for Warner Bros & CBS…

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Doctor Who – “Hex”

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The Doctor gets engaged.

In 1982, producer John Nathan-Turner was looking to leave Doctor Who, and looked to Hazel Adair and Peter Ling to recreate their 1962 – 1965 “avarice” soap Compact.  The continuation (to be called Impact) would have cashed in on the success of Dallas and Dynasty,  but was shelved by the BBC and Nathan-Turner was “persuaded to stay” on as producer until Doctor Who’s eventual cancellation in 1989 (and was paid until August 1990.

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Diamond Dead

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An unmade film about a Zombie Rock Band.

In 2004 George A Romero (Night of the Living Dead), Richard Hartley (Rocky Horror Picture Show) and Brain Cooper pitched Diamond Dead to Ridley & Tony Scott’s Scott Free Productions to be directed by Romero, written by Cooper with music by Hartley.

PLOT

A young woman wants to join a small-time as their lead singer, but ends up killing them.  She makes a deal with death bring them back as cannibalistic zombies and the band become a huge success.

REJECTION

Romero claims “They didn’t get this. It’s about a dead rock band. Nobody got it. So it sort of blew away.”[1]  Romero moved on to working in 2005’s Land of the Dead.

LEGACY

In 2008, a stage musical based on Cooper’s script was the the winner of the 2008 Capital Fringe Festival Best Musical Pick of The Fringe.[2]

References

[1]  Movies Online.ca

[2]  IMDb

~ DUG.

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