Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

10 Unused Film Posters

the-shining.jpg
pulp-fiction-finished-unfinished.jpg
inception-finished-unfinished.jpg
iron-lady-finished-unfinished.jpg

Before the film, comes the trailer - and before the trailer comes the poster. A first impression is everything to an audience, no matter if the property is a soon to be adapted fan favourite, or a relatively unknown project. Either they were too much, or not enough. Too abstract or too in your face. Too dark or not colourful enough, here are 10 unused film posters (on the left) that were passed over in favour of their final editions (on the right).

We have to say, not all of the final ones beat out their earlier versions.

CHECK OUT THE COOLEST MOVIE POSTERS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

The Shining

Saul Bass’s initial poster for The Shining didn't exactly leave director Stanley Kubrick too impressed. In fact, annotations on the early print let us know exactly what he thought. Whether elements were “too irrelevant” or “the title looks bad small”, the final version on the right somehow didn't seem too yellow for Kubrick.

_______________________________________________________

Star Wars

Probably unaware just how successful the film would turn out to be, this minimalist version of 1977's Star Wars was swapped out for an all laser-guns blazing sci-fi romp. Complete with lightsaber, Death Star and a giant Darth Vader helmet, more was definitely more in the 70s.

_______________________________________________________

Batman

While we know this Batman poster is unfinished, the use of pencil and lack of colour makes it look as if it was lifted off the page of an in-the-works graphic novel. Featuring Michael Keaton as the caped crusader not once, not even twice – but three times, the enigmatic final version was much more appreciated. Even though some of it is cropped out at the sides.

_______________________________________________________

The Iron Lady

Even though it's an interesting idea for the biopic on the first female Prime Minister, the fact of the matter is...it doesn't really look like her. Replaced with a more detailed image of Meryl Streep as Thatcher along with a Westminster skyline, the finished poster still kept the Britannia's red white and blue colour pallet.

_______________________________________________________

Pulp Fiction

Although you can’t mistake Uma Thurman’s eyes peeking over the top for anyone else’s, the image on the left doesn’t exactly have the same draw as the official version. The washed out look of the early version doesn’t hit you in the face the same way as the bolder, brighter looking poster does. Its torn and tatty look, pistol and cigarette are all unmistakably Tarantino.

_______________________________________________________

Moon

Both posters have an eerily isolated feel to them, although the frantic looking Sam Rockwell encased inside a moon in the earlier version connotes more of a horror movie feel towards audiences than the space-drama it is. Directed by David Bowie’s son Duncan Jones, Moon was also given a new tagline in addition to its new poster – a trend among the reworked designs.

_______________________________________________________

Mystic River

The only thing that really stayed the same for Mystic River’s artwork was the font of the tagline. While the Black Emerald Bar is one of the key locations within the narrative, the theatrical poster art left more to the imagination for those who hadn’t read Dennis Lehane’s novel of the same name.

_______________________________________________________

Jurassic Park

One of the go-to designers for poster art, John Alvin was responsible for over 100 film posters before his death in 2007. Of his many designs for the 1993 film, one featured the six principles characters heads displayed in an almost totem pole-esque manner with an ominous cloud in the shape of a T-Rex in between them. Spielberg and co. probably thought there was a bit too much going on in the proposed image, and similarly decided that less was in fact more. Only using red, yellow, white and black with said T-Rex filling the frame, the image has become one of the most iconic film posters of all time.

_______________________________________________________

A Clockwork Orange

The second Kubrick entry on the list is also probably the most bizarre. We’re not really sure where to start with this one. But the naked body with a TV for a head on what looks like an early rendition of a super computer in the shape of a cross probably wouldn’t have worked wonders for the film's campaign.

_______________________________________________________

Inception

With such a huge focus on the extremely bendy world created by Christopher Nolan, the four characters on the roof of a building were put back on the ground – albeit probably not safely, in the official poster for Inception. Although we’re not sure why the poster was nixed, two more actors were also added to the roster.

Related

posters hero.jpg

The coolest movie posters from around the world

hero_film posters.jpg

The 30 coolest alternative movie posters ever

terminator-2-alternate-ending.jpg

The worst alternate endings ever

creepy hero.jpg

The 25 creepiest movie posters ever

tdkr.jpg

10 Alternative Opening Movie Credits

poster hero.jpg

The 20 funniest movie posters ever

Comments

More

Five Canadian artists you need to hear right now

Over Bieber? Here’s some music you won’t be embarrassed to brag about by Louise Donovan

30 Sep 2016

Daniel Radcliffe on God, flatuent corpses and not being a dick

“I’ll always be the first Harry Potter”

29 Sep 2016

Everything you need to know about Netflix’s Amanda Knox

The new Making A Murderer is here

29 Sep 2016

Awesome data breakdown of Simpsons characters by word count

Every Simpsons supporting character, ranked by words spoken

29 Sep 2016

Benedict Cumberbatch sings on stage with Pink Floyd's David Gilmour

We think he should stick to acting

29 Sep 2016

Marvel's Doctor Strange has a mind-bending new trailer

Benedict Cumberbatch in a cape. What more do you want? by David Cornish

29 Sep 2016

Watch James Corden and Owen Wilson take on Usain Bolt in the 100m

Pretty much the race of the century

28 Sep 2016

Disney is remaking The Lion King and nothing is sacred anymore

The Jungle Book's Jon Favreau will be overseeing the daunting project

28 Sep 2016

Sam Allardyce was foolish but he shouldn’t have been sacked

The England mess leaves more questions than answers by Dave Fawbert

28 Sep 2016

England manager Sam Allardyce leaves after one game in charge

Farewell, Big Sam, we hardly knew ye

27 Sep 2016