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This Boston highway tunnel project was begun in 1991 but was not finished until 2007, nine years late and 190% over budget.Massachusetts Turnpike Authority
Two issues of this comic book were published in 1990, but the completed third issue was never published, and the series was abandoned after the replacement artist quit.Alan Moore, Bill Sienkiewicz and Al Columbia
This alleged sequel to The Princess Bride (1973) is probably a hoax. In 2007, the author said he hadn't come up with any ideas for it.William Goldman
This album came out 15 years after the band's previous album, by which time all but two of the band members had been replaced, and cost $13 million to produce.Guns N' Roses
Construction on this German cathedral began in 1248 but stopped in 1473. It was finallly completed in 1880, after 632 years.Master Gerhard, Master Michael, etc.
This science fiction TV show was cancelled in 1989 after 26 seasons. An attempt to revive it in 1996 only resulted in one TV movie. It finally aired again in 2005.Russell T. Davies, Steven Moffat, etc.
This novel's first part was published in 1605. Its second part was only published in 1615, partly in response to the appearance of an unauthorized sequel written by someone else.Miguel de Cervantes
This first-person shooter game was announced in 1997 but didn't come out until 2011. Its release date was described as 'when it's done.'George Broussard
This play's author began working on it around 1772, but its first part was not published until 1808, and the second part was published in 1832, the year of his death.Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
This Italian cathedral was begun in 1296 but was not completed until 1436 because of the difficulty of completing the dome.Arnolfo di Cambio and Filippo Brunelleschi
This book was completed in 1957, three years before its author's only other novel, but was believed lost. It was released in 2015 to immense controversy.Harper Lee
This third expansion to a very successful video game was expected to appear shortly after 2007, but never appeared, and only three pieces of concept art have ever been seen.Valve
This as yet unreleased Square Enix game is the third numbered installment in a series whose second installment came out in 2005.Tetsuya Nomura
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This planned third volume in an influential series of science fiction anthologies was announced in 1973, but has never been published. Many of its contributors are now dead.Harlan Ellison
This spiritual sequel to Ico and Shadow of the Colossus has been in development since 2007, and is scheduled to appear in 2016.Fumito Ueda
This movie's director has tried and failed to make it on seven different occasions since 1998. It's currently scheduled for 2016.Terry Gilliam
Issue 24 of this comic came out in 1993, then its publisher went bankrupt and a massive copyright dispute enused. The completed issue 25 will probably appear in 2016.Neil Gaiman and Mark Buckingham
This hotel, the tallest building in its country, was started in 1987, but work on it was halted from 1992 to 2008 because funds ran out. Name either the hotel or the city it's in.Baikdoosan Architects & Engineers
Construction on this Barcelona church started in 1882 and was less than 25% complete in 1926 when its architect died. It's scheduled to be finished in 2026. Antoni Gaudí
This vast work of fantasy literature was started in 1914, but the author died in 1973 without having finished it. His son finally completed and published it in 1977.J.R.R. Tolkien
This album was partially recorded in 1966 and 1967, but was never finished. A reconstructed version of it finally appeared in 2011.Beach Boys
This Broadway musical based on a Marvel comic was announced in 2002, but due to extreme technical and creative difficulties, it didn't open until 2011.Julie Taymor, Roberto Aguirre-Sacassa, etc.
This animated film was in production from 1964 to 1995, when it was released against the will of its creator and in a highly incomplete form.Richard Williams
This book was unfinished when its author died in 1994, 42 years after finishing his only completed novel. The edited version was finally published in 2010.Ralph Ellison
This epic fantasy series began in 1990. The author died in 2007 while working on the twelfth volume, and the series was finished by another writer.Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson
This as yet unreleased book is the sixth in a series whose fifth installment appeared in 2011. It remains to be seen whether it will be published before its TV adaptation airs.George R.R. Martin

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