10 Planned Movie Twists That Never Made The Big Screen

Have you ever sat down and watched a movie and wondered aloud “what if that had worked another way?” There are plenty of times when the studio or the producers really did have something planned a different way but in the end decided to go with what you saw on screen. Sometimes the twist that was originally planned would have made the movie quite a bit better, while other times that twist would have made the movie worse. What you can take from this list is that all of these twists were indeed planned and most of them would have completely changed the story you saw on the big screen. Check out our list and let us know if you think they should have gone with the changes or were right in sticking with what you saw on screen.

Ozymandias and Dr. Manhattan in the Watchmen

In the film version of Watchmen, supervillain/hero Ozymandias blames the destruction of a Russian and American city on Dr. Manhattan. The two countries step off the ledge of nuclear annihilation thanks to the idea of a common enemy. This is already a twist from the graphic novel but the producers wanted to take it a step farther.

The original plan was to have Ozymandias convince Dr. Manhattan to go back in time and prevent the accident that created him. This “kill your own grandpa” type solution was scrapped when the film got a new director.

Tieing Up Loose Ends in E.T.

While the original ending of this classic film simply has E.T. leaving Earth, Steven Spielberg had an ending planned that was supposed to tie up some loose ends. Among the ideas was showing Elliot playing with other kids and laughing, meaning he had moved on from his experience. Instead they went with a cut on the closeup of the boy’s face just after the alien leaves.