It was the script everyone thought was a joke at first, until Michael Bay became attached as a producer and then we all sort of did a double take. Further proof the script was indeed real came with its appearance on the 2008 "Black List," which is an unofficial annual list of the "most liked" unproduced screenplays in Hollywood. Now, years later, Dan Fogelman's epic adventure tale in which former child stars Gary Coleman and Emmanuel Lewis team up to save the world from an evil madman is online for all to read ... and, funny thing is, it's pretty enjoyable.
Fogelman has since gone on to pen the scripts for films like Cars, Fred Claus, Tangled, Bolt, and Crazy, Stupid, Love, but it's this script from 2008 that sticks out the most. We're not entirely sure why it didn't get made at the time, possibly because Coleman was having a rough go at it (he's since passed away), and Lewis hasn't appeared in anything since 2007. Regardless of what happened, the project never came to be. But at least we'll always have this script to remind us of what almost kicked our asses.
The script runs 113 pages, and you can download it here. Check out a brief snippet from it below, courtesy of Boing Boing.
EXT. JINKY’S CAFE (STUDIO CITY, CA) - MORNING
A slick BMW pulls up, parks. A pair of small, well-heeled FEET drop from the car. We pull up and REVEAL:
EMMANUEL LEWIS. Yes, that Emmanuel Lewis. He of Webster fame. He’s got a newspaper under his arm, a smile on his face, and life by the balls.
He really does. Dude looks good. Still has the sweet face we remember. Sure, he’s put on a little weight, but haven’t we all? He wears a purple dress shirt, fitted, tucked into pair of tailored dress pants. Impeccable haircut. With a skip in his step he ENTERS...
INT. JINKY’S CAFE - CONTINUOUS
A HOSTESS greets him.
What’s cookin’, good-lookin’?