See Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd in an Unreleased Movie from 1984
In 1984, Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd starred in a sci-fi flick that had nothing to do with ghosts or giant marshmallow men. In Nothing Lasts Forever, written and directed by SNL writer Tom Schiller, a failed artist is forced to work a menial job for an unhappy boss—Aykroyd, in a cameo—before traveling to the Moon to find his soulmate on a bus manned by Murray's character, a cranky attendant.
The film was made as part of SNL creator Lorne Michaels' contract with MGM, but the studio ultimately declined to release the film. "The film is bad, I guess," Schiller told LA Weekly in 2010. "No, I really haven't been given a sufficient explanation as to why they didn't release it. I think it's just because they didn't think it was commercial."
According to The Hollywood Reporter, MGM decided not to release the film because it didn't test well with audiences. Thankfully, in 2011, someone uploaded it to YouTube—and you can watch it below.
Beyond Murray and Aykroyd, Nothing boasted what would become an all-star cast and crew: Zach Gilligan, who would go on to star in Gremlins, played the main character; Lauren Tom, who later appeared in The Joy Luck Club and Friends, played his love interest; and future Oscar award winners Colleen Atwood, who did the production design (although these days she's crafting costumes, not sets), and Howard Shore, who composed the score.
MGM might not have been pleased with the film, but the French were fans—Nothing was accepted to Cannes. “I got a phone call and they said, 'You have created a masterpiece! You will be a sensation at Cannes!'" Schiller said (complete with French accent) at a 2010 screening of the movie. Despite that enthusiasm, the president of MGM wouldn't let Schiller take Nothing Lasts Forever to the film festival: "He said, 'Baby, you could get killed at Cannes.' I said, give me the name of a film that was killed at Cannes. He said, 'Baby, I could give the names of 50 that were killed on your desk by tomorrow.’ I never got the names of 50 and I never got to Cannes.”