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Find out about the projects that Isla had at one point been rumoured to be starring in – or has auditioned for – but, for whatever reason, she never actually made.

 

• Now You See Me 2 (2016)
Isla was on board to reprise her role as escape artist Henley Reeves in the follow-up to the successful Now You See Me, however, she fell pregnant and had to drop out. A new female character played by Lizzy Caplan was introduced in place of her. In June 2015 it was announced that Lionsgate were planning a third film in the series however, it seems that Isla will not be involved in this installment either.

• The Dressmaker (2015)
In 2014 it was announced that Isla was set to join the cast of Australian drama film The Dressmaker, alongside Kate Winslet, Liam Hemsworth, Judy Davis, and Elizabeth Debicki. The film, directed by Jocelyn Moorhouse, told the story of Winslet’s character Tilly, who returns home to the remote Australian country town from which she fled as a child after being accused of murder, to make amends with her eccentric mother. Although ostracized, as an exponent of the most stunning 1950s haute couture inspired by Madame Vionnet and Balenciaga, she liberates and empowers the town’s women with her quick wit and beautiful clothing. She unexpectedly finds love and ultimately exacts sweet revenge on those who wronged her. Isla was set to play the supporting character of Gertrude, one of the townspeople. It was reported later in 2014 that Isla had to drop out of the project due to her pregnancy, and she was replaced by Sarah Snook. The film went on to become the second highest-grossing Australian film of 2015.

• Sabotage (2014)
Isla auditioned for the role of Lizzie Murray in this action/crime/thriller starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. The role originally went to Malin Akerman, but she dropped out after falling pregnant and the part was eventually played by Mireille Enos.

• This Is Where I Leave You (2014)
Isla was reportedly considered for one of the lead female roles in this comedy-drama directed by Shawn Levy.

• Iron Man 3 (2013)
In 2012 Jessica Chastain was offered the role of a “sexy scientist every bit as smart as Tony Stark” in Iron Man 3. Soon after, it was reported that she had scheduling conflicts with other movies, and would not be able to take the role. At this point, Marvel set up meetings with other actresses including Isla, Gemma Arterton and Diane Kruger to play the part instead. However, when Chastain became available again, the studios opted to go back to her, their first choice, for the role. A few days later, Jessica announced on her Facebook page that she wouldn’t be able to take the role, so the search was back on to find a “sexy scientist”. Rebecca Hall eventually landed the role.

• What To Expect When You’re Expecting (2012)
June 2011 saw several high profile Hollywood stars joining the pregnancy comedy What To Expect When You’re Expecting, including Isla, reports stated. She would take a part first offered to Kristin Wiig, who herself dropped out due to SNL filming commitments. However, once filming began there was no sign or mention of Isla on set, so we presume her involvement was either an incorrect rumour or didn’t work out.

• Your Highness (2011)
In 2009 it was reported that Isla would join James Franco and Natalie Portman in the trippy comedy Your Highness, but she did not make the movie.

• Get Smart (2008)
Isla told Total Film magazine that she auditioned for this spy comedy but didn’t get the role, possibly because the producers couldn’t see her as believable as an action star – “I remember auditioning for Get Smart and they all said ‘There’s no way she could do that stuff!'”!

• No Country For Old Men (2007)
Isla auditioned for the supporting role of Carla Jean Moss, the wife of lead character Llewelyn Moss (played by Josh Brolin), in this Coen Brothers Western-thriller. The role went to Kelly Macdonald.

• The Simpsons Movie (2007)
Isla recorded a voice for a character in the Simpsons movie, but her scene was eventually cut. This was reportedly due to the script being rewritten hundreds of times, including after animation has started. As a result, hours of finished animation footage was cut, including cameos from celebrities such as Edward Norton, Erin Brokovich, Minnie Driver, and Kelsey Grammer, and Isla herself. Isla joked (?) in an interview in 2013 that she was “devastated” that she was cut! She added that “I was cut out! Heartbreakingly I was axed. I played someone like a consultant who came in to prepare all the characters for the fact the world was ending. It was so funny. I got to do it with the real actors and so it was exciting. They all said: ‘You did such a great job!’ But then they cut me, so clearly they were not telling the truth. I never saw the movie, actually. I was too bitter. I’m a huge Simpsons fan, so I was devastated. I thought that was the end of my career in animation.” Clearly it wasn’t all bad though, as she has since gone on to star in several animated movies!

• First Daughter (2004)
Isla auditioned for this role but apparently was not funny enough! She recalls, “The casting director for that movie First Daughter with Katie Homes rang my agent and said, “She just wasn’t funny.” My response was, I didn’t know it was a comedy! I read the script and there wasn’t a single joke in it. I mean, forgive me for not Houdini-ing some bloody comedy out of thin air!”

 

• Desperados
In 2009 it was reported that Isla was in talks to star in Desperados, a comedy road-trip film described as a “female oriented Hangover“. The story is about a woman who sends an indignant email to her new beau, who has gone silent after they have sex, only to discover he’s comatose in a Mexican hospital. Panicking, she races south of the border with her friends in tow to intercept the email before he recovers. The initial reports about the development of the project stated that Universal had picked it up, with Mark Gordon, Jason Blum and Jennifer Todd producing.

The Playlist (now located at IndieWire.com) editors blogged that although it was “funny in fits and starts”, they “weren’t overly impressed” with the script when they saw it in 2010, and that the then-upcoming Bridesmaids looked like a safer bet at matching the success of The Hangover.

Ellen Rapoport was initially on board to write the project, with Wayne McClammy (The Sarah Silverman Show) set to direct. Come 2011, news broke that original director Wayne McClammy had left due to creative differences, and Betty Thomas (Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel, Dr. Doolittle, Private Parts, The Brady Bunch Movie) had now signed on. The film is still listed on IMDB, but as of July 2016 there has been nothing new reported on this project, leading us to believe it will no longer be happening.

• The Thin Man
In March 2012 Isla was rumoured to be one of 8 actresses being considered for the lead role opposite Johnny Depp in a re-make of 1934 comedy-mystery movie The Thin Man. The Thin Man centers around Nick Charles, a detective turned socialite, as he and his wife Nora are drawn into the investigation of a murder. Rob Marshall was set to direct, and the other actresses he was said to be considering were Eva Green, Amy Adams, Emma Stone, Carey Mulligan, Rachel Weisz, Kristen Wiig and Emily Blunt. As of 2016 the project has never been made and nothing further has been reported on it.

• Kiss & Tell
News came out in early 2010 that Isla was attached to star in “high concept” romantic comedy Kiss & Tell. The story centers around a woman who discovers she has the power to see exactly how a long-term relationship will unfold with a man after kissing him. Dax Shelby and Robert Stevens were reported to be penning the script based on their original idea, with Sheldon Turner (writer of 2009 hit Up In The Air) and Jennifer Klein producing for Universal. Variety reported that the project is one of the first that Debbie Liebling picked up since becoming president of production at Universal. As of July 2016, no further news has been reported on this project, although it is still listed as In Development on IMDB (including under Sheldon Turner’s ‘In Development’ list), although no stars or writers are currently listed anymore.

• Untitled/One Day My Princes Will Come
October 2009 saw the announcement of not one but two new projects for Isla – One Day My Princes Will Come, and Life Coach (below). Both films were acquired by Universal. The film is based off a French script entitled Un Jour mes princes viendront … translated as One Day My Princes Will Come. Audrey Wells (Under the Tuscan Sun) was attached to direct. Universal would not disclose the plot of this film, but it is a romantic comedy. Alain Chabot and Stephanie Danan will produce through Wam Films. The New York Times list Jean-Luc Goosens as the ‘source material’, presumably the writer of the French script. As of July 2016, this project had not come to fruition although it is still listed on IMDB as Untitled Isla Fisher Project and categorised as In Development.

• Life Coach
The second new project announced for Isla in October 2009 was Life Coach, again acquired by Universal. Not only would Isla be starring in this, though, she is also reported to be producing it. Life Coach is a comedy about a young woman who consults a life coach who turns out to be more messed up than she is. Liz Cackowski (SNL writer) and Maggie Carey (Funny or Die Presents… writer) are writing the script, with Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, and Chris Henchy co-producing. Isla mentioned this movie in a 2011 interview with IndieLondon whilst promoting Rango, saying “there’s a movie called Life Coach I’m working on. Hopefully, one of them [Life Coach or Groupies] will go soon. It’s more frustrating being in development than it is to just be cast in something, obviously, because a lot of it is out of your control.” Life Coach is still listed on IMDB as being In Development, although no further news has been heard since the initial announcement.

• The Cookie Queen
Isla first mentioned Cookie Queen (or ‘Cookie Clean‘ (typo by the website?)) in an interview with Movies Online in March 2007, saying that since she started on Groupies, she’d also been working on this with two male writers. “I’m still being creative and moving more into production, and making sure I have a little bit more power and control over my career,” she told the website. The Hollywood Reporter reported the news a few weeks later, in April 2007.

The story follows Claire “Cookie” Taylor (Fisher), who holds the record for all-time girl scout cookie sales. When she learns that a precocious fifth grader threatens to end her 20-year reign as cookie queen, she sets out to sabotage her. Isla explains the story as being about “a girl who sold the most Girl Scout cookies and built her entire adult life round that. Then a nine year old girl overtakes her record and the woman descends into madness as she starts selling cookies again to get her crown back. I sold Girl Scout cookies in Australia, but, as I recall, I ate most of my box. My mom had to bail me out.”

Isla was reported to be serving as a producer on this movie although there was conflicting information on whether she co-wrote the script. Jeremy Haft and Ed Gonzalez are known to have written the script, and Universal and Mosaic Media are producing. She gave an update on the project in a July 2007 interview with Buzzine, saying that Cookie Queen has “been bought”, and explains how these projects she is developing for herself come about, saying that she will “come up with the idea, or an idea is brought to me, and then I work together with them” to develop it. Isla continued to talk about the film in interviews between 2007 and 2009, including referencing it in an unknown interview in 2009 as a project she was working on next (alongside Rango and Groupies). In 2016, the movie is still listed as ‘In Development’ at IMDB however Isla has not spoken about it recently nor have there been any new updates on its production status.

• Groupies
Groupies was Isla’s debut screenwriting project that she developed with fellow comedienne Amy Poehler for several years. “I was just surprised as to the lack of comedic female material there is,” Isla confessed after her breakout role in Wedding Crashers, and instead of waiting for roles to be written, she decided to dive on in and take charge of this project. The idea and story of Groupies is Isla and Amy’s own. The project was first announced by Variety in late 2005 after being acquired by Paramount, with Isla and Amy Poehler attached to star and executive produce, and Erica Rivinoja writing the screenplay. Somewhere along the line, Isla and Amy joined the script writing duties, later saying that she and Amy Poehler wrote much of the structure and the gags, and they hired Erica Rivinoja to write the actual script itself. John Goldwyn, Lorne Michaels and Jill Messick were named as co-producers in the 2005 Variety announcement.

Groupies will follow two 30-year old woman who worship a rock band and follow them around on tour. One synopsis released several years ago described it as a comedy set in the world of rock ‘n’ roll groupies. Perhaps the only lifestyle that can rival the roller coaster ride rock stars follow is, well, their groupies. Theirs is a carefree, free rolling life with no regard for social norms such as having jobs, boosting savings, and planning for future. What comes, goes and this is exactly the kind of flow the movie Groupies wishes to follow. Expect a great portrayal of rock stardom as well as an apt representation of what goes behind its glitz and glamour.

Isla spoke about this project in interviews over the years – she spoke more about the writing process for the movie in an interview with Movies Online in 2007, and then in 2009 told Moviehole that she still rewrites a lot of her lines, much to “the distress of everybody that works with me!”, suggesting the script was still undergoing revisions at that point. In 2011 Isla told Indie London that Groupies is “pretty close to being ready”, and that “hopefully, one of them [this or Life Coach] will go soon.” Nothing new had been heard about the project by 2016 and it is no longer listed on IMDB. It’s possible this has taken a backseat in recent years as Amy Poehler continues her successful role on SNL and in Hollywood, and Isla has been working on more film roles, not to mention building her own family.

Read more about Isla’s screenwriting work here.