What Hollywood movie did take longest to create? By 'the longest' I mean full production until it made it to the theaters.

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    I'm sure Boyhood took a while. – Chanandler Bong Mar 21 '16 at 13:03
  • That would be my winner, as it was designed from the start to be in continuous production for so long, it wasn't an accident of scheduling. – Tetsujin Mar 21 '16 at 13:05

If the John Carter (2012) answer from Dr R Dizzle isn't what you are looking for this it's this:

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The Thief and the Cobbler

The animated movie The Thief And The Cobbler holds the record for a movie to be in production for the longest time. It was in production stage for 31 years. (1964-1995) Then there's Love & God (1986) directed by K.Asif. He started the film in color after Mughal-E-Azam casting Guru Dutt & Nimmi. Guru Dutt died in 1964, shooting came to a halt. Then, Sanjeev Kumar was taken in the place of Dutt, but Asif himself died in 1971. The film was left incomplete. Later in 1986, Asif's wife revived the film & released it in the incomplete form. Sadly, one year before it's release, even Sanjeev Kumar died.

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Although this might not be exactly what you are looking for, John Carter (2012) first entered production in 1935 as a hand drawn animated film, which means John Carter was in production for nearly 80 years before it was eventually released.

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    But can this really tracked down to ultimately be the same project developed over all this time? Or was it just someone starting a new John Carter project now end then, dropping it again and then someone else making a new try years after that? – Napoleon Wilson Mar 22 '16 at 9:23

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