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PostPosted: Thu Apr 01, 2010 7:00 am    Post subject: Seven Avengers Movie Projects - only one got through! Reply with quote

Thanks to Gareth from Roobarb's for drawing attention to this. I've read about them before, but laid out like this makes it very clear exactly how many runs various people (mainly Brian Clemens) had making The Avengers truly cinematic!

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PS: I know that there are eight listed, but I've not counted Chapeau Melon Et Bottes De Cuir Se Rebiffent for obvious reasons.

By the way - anyone know if The Etertainment Killers (comprising of Look - (Stop Me If You've Heard This One) But There Were These Two Fellers... and The Interrogators). actually exists, other than listed on the IMDB?
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It wasn't for lack of trying, was it? I still want to know how they would have pulled off that musical Avengers stageplay, too. Wink
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That could only work in a very OTT/send up sort of way, set a colour Emma/Tara King time frame.
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That could only work in a very OTT/send up sort of way, set a colour Emma/Tara King time frame.


And they were planning it during the Gale era of all things. Although after watching Blackpool, I suddenly craved musical numbers in everything. If Davids Tennant and Morrissey can do a nice little song and dance to "These Boots are Made for Walking," maybe Patrick and Honor could have joined Venus in a rousing chorus of "Let's Keep it Friendly"? Laughing
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Quote:

AVENGERS THE FIRST MOVIE (1980)
Project commissioned by the TV movie TV channel CBS (USA), which should give rise to a series of other films
Written by Dennis Spooner and Brian Clemens
With Steed, Gambit and their new female partner, Carruthers

This scenario is very close to the spirit and style of the original Avengers features a villain who managed to domesticate the ants. The latter are used to kill, to ensure an effective result thanks to their strength (they can lift up to 500 times their weight), endurance, and ability to infiltrate any building security (due to their size ). The man was half crazy lives suspended from elastic, so as not to crush his army! Among the guest stars, a role specially written for John Cleese (Monty Python): That of a paranoid expert in miniaturization, who lives in an airship that insects are unable to reach, and manufactures contact lenses for butterflies. When asked Steed: "why contact lenses for butterflies? "He replied, gesticulating like a madman"-because the glasses do not stop falling! .
Writings by the original writers, this project and the following are the only respectful of the series to date.



This seemed like a decision to say goodbye to Purdey, rather than Joanna Lumley saying goodbye to The Avengers - note: the lack of 'New', which I applaud as I've always thought anything added to The Avengers hurts the brand. Like Diet Coke or Mint Aero.


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AVENGERS THE INTERNATIONAL (1985) aka REINCARNATION
Project commissioned by TV movie Taft Entertainment and Sarah Lawson (USA) to give rise to a series of episodes of 50 minutes
Written by Brian Clemens
With John Steed and two new agents working under him Samantha Peel (Niece of Emma Peel) and Christopher Cambridge (Young American equivalent Steed)

Adapted from one of the best episodes of the season Tara King SplitThis scenario depicts Lomax, an old enemy Steed that he had left for dead in the past. Lomax, who has lived paralyzed, managed through an ingenious system to transfer his mind into the bodies of three different people, including a woman. Now three times more dangerous, he undertook to carry out the vengeance which he has dreamed for years. His first two incarnations are identified and eliminated by Mrs. Peel and Cambridge, but the third, a sexy blonde, is gaining favor with Steed, who seems not to suspect deception.
Like its predecessor, the realization of this project depended on the purchase by an American TV channel, which unfortunately does not succeed.



Spoke to soon - Avengers International sounds too corporate. And I think the new Mrs Peel was Emma's daughter-in-law, not neice. Very convoluted way to get a 'Mrs Peel' in there. Christopher Cambridge? Hardly Mike Gambit is it?


Quote:
The Avenging Angel (1988)
Project proposed by telefilm Universal Studios which would lead to a series of episodes of 50 minutes
Scheduled to be written and produced by Michael Sloane
With John Steed, Cathy Gale and Tara King

Michael Sloane, author of the already disastrous Returning from UNCLE, Wanted to buy the rights of Avengers to produce the pilot for a new TV series. The original idea for his screenplay that nobody has ever read (which we doubt the actual existence), was all right "borrowed" the first ideas of Spooner and Clemens for First Avenger Movie (DRAFT 3). God thank you for the spectators, fans and the series, Sloan was unable to acquire the rights. The last I heard he was still sitting in his office at Universal, to ask how old series it could adapt without too much effort or talent.



I like the idea of Cathy and Tara returning, but leaving Emma out is a huge gap.
Quote:

Quote:
THE AVENGERS (1989)
Film project commissioned by film Weintraub Entertainment
Scenario Sam Hamm (Batman)
With John Steed and Emma Peel


In June 1987, when Weintraub Ent. retrieves the rights of the series (movies, masters, copyrights etc. ...), the Director Jerry Weintraub decided to tap the vein Avengers to create a series of films in his words "more than Bondienne James Bond" and Patrick Macnee without.
Weintraub met Mel Gibson at a dinner party and asks if he likes Avengers. After a positive response (Gibson is a big fan and has all the episodes on video in his collection), Weintraub spreading the rumor that Mel Steed will play, although this has not been discussed during the conversation!
Note that Mel Gibson is still defends to this day have envisioned what would take over the role of Patrick Macnee, who has the utmost respect.
Weintraub then decided to hire Sam Hamm, author of the scenario Batman (Which in 1989 made a splash across the Atlantic) to write a script featuring the first meeting between Steed and Emma Peel.
This script reveals itself to be a sadness rare: there is absolutely no connection with the universe and style Avengers. It proves that Sam Hamm certainly never seen more than three episodes in his life. There is a character named Steed, and a character called Emma Peel, but this is not Steed, Emma Peel is not, in short, this is not the Avengers. This script will end up in limbo, or almost: Sam Hamm from recycled ideas from his script for a TV pilot called The Resurrectors, Filmed in 1993 and promoted as being "in style for 1990 Avengers," with "Liz Hurley in the role of Circe, an Emma Peel of the '90s". We believe in it ...
Nobody will be surprised to learn that this driver does not give rise to a series.



I don't understand the bit about it's John Steed and Emma Peel, but isn't. Does it mean not as we know them? Just two crime fighting individuals with those names?

Quote:

THE AVENGERS (1993)
Film project commissioned by film ... Jerry Weintraub !
Scenario Don MacPherson
With John Steed and Emma Peel


Weintraub 2: The Return! If he sold the rights to movies Light Pictures, Weintraub has however retained the rights to film adaptation. He announced in mid 1993 that is still in the race, and deliver it with a new writer.
He believes it is useful to specify "the film version of the series with Patrick Macnee and Diana Rigg, made in the 50s and had 400 to 500 episodes," which speaks volumes about his knowledge of Derby hat, He seems to believe to be a sitcom ...
Obviously contacted by Weintraub, David Fincher, director of Alien 3, Then proclaims mid-1993, in an interview with American magazine Imagi-MoviesThat he "thinks adapt Avengers, Perhaps with Charles Dance in the role of Steed. Charles Dance is an excellent actor who plays the role of a doctor named ... Clemens (!) In Alien 3. Fincher plans to make the movie "scope black and white version of cool 60's mod .... maybe! . Since then, no news.
By cons, Jerry Weintraub, interviewed by us in 1994, confirmed that he "will produce the film in 1995, it will be full of special effects, very Bondien, and he staged Steed and Emma Peel and young in the 90s. Good news? Think again: the question "Will the movie's In the mad spirit of the series? "Weintraub looks at you as if you were a Martian, and takes refuge in a quotation from yet another Bond. If you've seen his latest production, The expert Sharon Stone and Sylvester Stallone, you understand that we can expect anything ...



I still have a press cutting about this - sounds awful!

Quote:

THE NEW, NEW AVENGERS (1994)
Draft telefilm written by Brian Clemens
With Gambit and Purdey


The news comes falling! A New Script New Avengers Written by Brian Clemens, who has the rights New Avengers Has just been completed. It tells a new adventure of Purdey and Gambit. If Joanna Lumley and Gareth Hunt agreed, the project may well see the day!



I like this idea, naturally. I'd prefer Gambit & Purdey as a title - it has a certain ring. Wink
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 04, 2010 6:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dandy Forsdyke wrote:
Quote:
AVENGERS THE FIRST MOVIE (1980)
Project commissioned by the TV movie TV channel CBS (USA), which should give rise to a series of other films
Written by Dennis Spooner and Brian Clemens
With Steed, Gambit and their new female partner, Carruthers

This scenario is very close to the spirit and style of the original Avengers features a villain who managed to domesticate the ants. The latter are used to kill, to ensure an effective result thanks to their strength (they can lift up to 500 times their weight), endurance, and ability to infiltrate any building security (due to their size ). The man was half crazy lives suspended from elastic, so as not to crush his army! Among the guest stars, a role specially written for John Cleese (Monty Python): That of a paranoid expert in miniaturization, who lives in an airship that insects are unable to reach, and manufactures contact lenses for butterflies. When asked Steed: "why contact lenses for butterflies? "He replied, gesticulating like a madman"-because the glasses do not stop falling! .
Writings by the original writers, this project and the following are the only respectful of the series to date.


This seemed like a decision to say goodbye to Purdey, rather than Joanna Lumley saying goodbye to The Avengers - note: the lack of 'New', which I applaud as I've always thought anything added to The Avengers hurts the brand. Like Diet Coke or Mint Aero.

Quote:
AVENGERS THE INTERNATIONAL (1985) aka REINCARNATION
Project commissioned by TV movie Taft Entertainment and Sarah Lawson (USA) to give rise to a series of episodes of 50 minutes
Written by Brian Clemens
With John Steed and two new agents working under him Samantha Peel (Niece of Emma Peel) and Christopher Cambridge (Young American equivalent Steed)


Adapted from one of the best episodes of the season Tara King SplitThis scenario depicts Lomax, an old enemy Steed that he had left for dead in the past. Lomax, who has lived paralyzed, managed through an ingenious system to transfer his mind into the bodies of three different people, including a woman. Now three times more dangerous, he undertook to carry out the vengeance which he has dreamed for years. His first two incarnations are identified and eliminated by Mrs. Peel and Cambridge, but the third, a sexy blonde, is gaining favor with Steed, who seems not to suspect deception.
Like its predecessor, the realization of this project depended on the purchase by an American TV channel, which unfortunately does not succeed.


Spoke to soon - Avengers International sounds too corporate. And I think the new Mrs Peel was Emma's daughter-in-law, not neice. Very convoluted way to get a 'Mrs Peel' in there. Christopher Cambridge? Hardly Mike Gambit is it?

Quote:
The Avenging Angel (1988)
Project proposed by telefilm Universal Studios which would lead to a series of episodes of 50 minutes
Scheduled to be written and produced by Michael Sloane
With John Steed, Cathy Gale and Tara King

Michael Sloane, author of the already disastrous Returning from UNCLE, Wanted to buy the rights of Avengers to produce the pilot for a new TV series. The original idea for his screenplay that nobody has ever read (which we doubt the actual existence), was all right "borrowed" the first ideas of Spooner and Clemens for First Avenger Movie (DRAFT 3). God thank you for the spectators, fans and the series, Sloan was unable to acquire the rights. The last I heard he was still sitting in his office at Universal, to ask how old series it could adapt without too much effort or talent.


I like the idea of Cathy and Tara returning, but leaving Emma out is a huge gap.

Quote:
THE AVENGERS (1989)
Film project commissioned by film Weintraub Entertainment
Scenario Sam Hamm (Batman)
With John Steed and Emma Peel


In June 1987, when Weintraub Ent. retrieves the rights of the series (movies, masters, copyrights etc. ...), the Director Jerry Weintraub decided to tap the vein Avengers to create a series of films in his words "more than Bondienne James Bond" and Patrick Macnee without.
Weintraub met Mel Gibson at a dinner party and asks if he likes Avengers. After a positive response (Gibson is a big fan and has all the episodes on video in his collection), Weintraub spreading the rumor that Mel Steed will play, although this has not been discussed during the conversation!
Note that Mel Gibson is still defends to this day have envisioned what would take over the role of Patrick Macnee, who has the utmost respect.
Weintraub then decided to hire Sam Hamm, author of the scenario Batman (Which in 1989 made a splash across the Atlantic) to write a script featuring the first meeting between Steed and Emma Peel.
This script reveals itself to be a sadness rare: there is absolutely no connection with the universe and style Avengers. It proves that Sam Hamm certainly never seen more than three episodes in his life. There is a character named Steed, and a character called Emma Peel, but this is not Steed, Emma Peel is not, in short, this is not the Avengers. This script will end up in limbo, or almost: Sam Hamm from recycled ideas from his script for a TV pilot called The Resurrectors, Filmed in 1993 and promoted as being "in style for 1990 Avengers," with "Liz Hurley in the role of Circe, an Emma Peel of the '90s". We believe in it ...
Nobody will be surprised to learn that this driver does not give rise to a series.


I don't understand the bit about it's John Steed and Emma Peel, but isn't. Does it mean not as we know them? Just two crime fighting individuals with those names?

Quote:
THE AVENGERS (1993)
Film project commissioned by film ... Jerry Weintraub !
Scenario Don MacPherson
With John Steed and Emma Peel


Weintraub 2: The Return! If he sold the rights to movies Light Pictures, Weintraub has however retained the rights to film adaptation. He announced in mid 1993 that is still in the race, and deliver it with a new writer.
He believes it is useful to specify "the film version of the series with Patrick Macnee and Diana Rigg, made in the 50s and had 400 to 500 episodes," which speaks volumes about his knowledge of Derby hat, He seems to believe to be a sitcom ...
Obviously contacted by Weintraub, David Fincher, director of Alien 3, Then proclaims mid-1993, in an interview with American magazine Imagi-MoviesThat he "thinks adapt Avengers, Perhaps with Charles Dance in the role of Steed. Charles Dance is an excellent actor who plays the role of a doctor named ... Clemens (!) In Alien 3. Fincher plans to make the movie "scope black and white version of cool 60's mod .... maybe! . Since then, no news.
By cons, Jerry Weintraub, interviewed by us in 1994, confirmed that he "will produce the film in 1995, it will be full of special effects, very Bondien, and he staged Steed and Emma Peel and young in the 90s. Good news? Think again: the question "Will the movie's In the mad spirit of the series? "Weintraub looks at you as if you were a Martian, and takes refuge in a quotation from yet another Bond. If you've seen his latest production, The expert Sharon Stone and Sylvester Stallone, you understand that we can expect anything ...


I still have a press cutting about this - sounds awful!

Quote:
THE NEW, NEW AVENGERS (1994)
Draft telefilm written by Brian Clemens
With Gambit and Purdey


The news comes falling! A New Script New Avengers Written by Brian Clemens, who has the rights New Avengers Has just been completed. It tells a new adventure of Purdey and Gambit. If Joanna Lumley and Gareth Hunt agreed, the project may well see the day!


I like this idea, naturally. I'd prefer Gambit & Purdey as a title - it has a certain ring. Wink


I think replacing Purdey with Carruthers would have been a practical necessity, since Joanna would have been shooting Sapphire and Steel at that point. Otherwise I suspect she would have come back. I'm sort of glad that one didn't happen. Unlike the original, I don't think TNA was far enough removed from its characters to survive a cast change.

And yes, it was meant to be Emma's daughter-in-law, Samantha, married to her son, also called Peter, and also AWOL. Recycling much? I'm glad this one didn't come to fruition, either. From the sounds of the script, they were going to play up the romance between Sam and Steed, which is just wrong on so many levels.

Emma's absence in The Avenging Angel is pretty obviously due to Diana's reluctance to return to the role. They were going to stick a veiled woman in at Steed's funeral and call her Emma to get around it.

I suspect the "not Steed and Emma" comment is supposed to mean that they were going to reinvent the characters so they were just new people with pretty much the same name.

I have to say that none of these really inspire much confidence in me, except for the Purdey/Gambit story from 1994, which I would have been interested to see how they pulled off. I sincerely hope they would have moved them on a bit. Either they got together, or it never happened and they moved on with their lives, or they had a fling and then everything went to pot, or something. But if they were still on "Mike Gambit, one of these days..." 17 years later, that would have just been sad, and I probably would have wanted to hit them upside the head for being so darn ineffectual. Laughing

You know what I would have liked? A TNA season 3 radio series. Then you could leave it in the seventies, the age problem would be side-stepped, and Gareth and Joanna wouldn't have to spend so much time bleeding. Everyone wins! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 04, 2010 7:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good call. An Avengers radio series/audiobooks release sounds good to me. They could still do that, as they've done with Big Finish Doctor Who and Sapphire & Steel.
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Good call. An Avengers radio series/audiobooks release sounds good to me. They could still do that, as they've done with Big Finish Doctor Who and Sapphire & Steel.


The only problem is we've lost Gareth now, so an original cast version seems unlikely. I don't know how well I'd take other voices for Purdey and Gambit, but then I adore the South African radio series and took to the Monat/Appleby Steed and Emma, so anything's possible. Very Happy
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Quote:
The Avenging Angel (1988)
Project proposed by telefilm Universal Studios which would lead to a series of episodes of 50 minutes
Scheduled to be written and produced by Michael Sloane
With John Steed, Cathy Gale and Tara King

Michael Sloane, author of the already disastrous Returning from UNCLE, Wanted to buy the rights of Avengers to produce the pilot for a new TV series. The original idea for his screenplay that nobody has ever read (which we doubt the actual existence), was all right "borrowed" the first ideas of Spooner and Clemens for First Avenger Movie (DRAFT 3). God thank you for the spectators, fans and the series, Sloan was unable to acquire the rights. The last I heard he was still sitting in his office at Universal, to ask how old series it could adapt without too much effort or talent.


Jerome on Roobarb's has found this cutting from Michael Sloan talking about his Avengers remake. This is from Starlog in 1983.


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Dandy Forsdyke wrote:
Quote:
The Avenging Angel (1988)
Project proposed by telefilm Universal Studios which would lead to a series of episodes of 50 minutes
Scheduled to be written and produced by Michael Sloane
With John Steed, Cathy Gale and Tara King

Michael Sloane, author of the already disastrous Returning from UNCLE, Wanted to buy the rights of Avengers to produce the pilot for a new TV series. The original idea for his screenplay that nobody has ever read (which we doubt the actual existence), was all right "borrowed" the first ideas of Spooner and Clemens for First Avenger Movie (DRAFT 3). God thank you for the spectators, fans and the series, Sloan was unable to acquire the rights. The last I heard he was still sitting in his office at Universal, to ask how old series it could adapt without too much effort or talent.


Jerome on Roobarb's has found this cutting from Michael Sloan talking about his Avengers remake. This is from Starlog in 1983.


I remember reading about this one in one of the series guides, with the opening scene being Steed's funeral, and all four of the Avengers women attending. They were going to have Emma's face veiled to get around the fact that Diana likely wouldn't do it. I haven't seen anything else about it though--very interesting. Thanks, Dandy! Very Happy
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Timeless A-Peel wrote:

I remember reading about this one in one of the series guides, with the opening scene being Steed's funeral, and all four of the Avengers women attending. They were going to have Emma's face veiled to get around the fact that Diana likely wouldn't do it.


A veil? Emma wasn't the widowy type. Better just to recast with another actressand say it was plastic surgery after a near death incident. Perhaps the same spot of trouble that 'killed' Steed.
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Dandy Forsdyke wrote:
Timeless A-Peel wrote:

I remember reading about this one in one of the series guides, with the opening scene being Steed's funeral, and all four of the Avengers women attending. They were going to have Emma's face veiled to get around the fact that Diana likely wouldn't do it.


A veil? Emma wasn't the widowy type. Better just to recast with another actressand say it was plastic surgery after a near death incident. Perhaps the same spot of trouble that 'killed' Steed.


It would have been a pretty obvious workaround, too. There was going to be some whispering between Tara and Cathy as she walked by along the lines of, "That's Emma Peel" to let the audience in on it. Needless to say, Emma wasn't going to be joining in on the Avenging that time around. Maybe she was in on it all along, and went off to join Steed in the Bahamas? Maybe the veil was there to hide her grin? Wink
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2012 11:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I recently read an interview that Dennis Spooner gave to Vulcan magazine (I think in the 1980s) in which he mentioned how the unmade 1980 The First Avengers Movie would start:

"We had a Telly Savalas type of adventurer and the hook was him standing in a field, somewhere such as St Albans saying, "I am here where the ancient Roman armies marched, I can almost here the thunder of..." and you would hear stomp stomp stomp... the the grass begins to move and there are literally millions of ants, that you cannot see, at east not to begin with".

Dennis goes on to comment that it was an excellent script (even if he and Brian did write it)!

Of all the unmade Avengers movies this does sound the most intriguing. Its a shame it wasn't filmed.
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