Cancelled Movies. Wiki

In mid to late 1995, Britt Allcroft was approached by Barry London, then vice-chairman of Paramount Pictures, with an idea for the Thomas film. In February 1996, Britt signed a contract to write the script for the film with the working title of Thomas and the Rainbow Railway, London's interest is thought to have stemmed from his three-year-old daughter, who was enthralled by Thomas. According to a press release, filming was to take place at Shepperton Studios, in the United Kingdom and the United States, with the theatrical release date set for 1997.


The early plot had a circus train coming to Shining Time and an evil Ringmaster kidnapped Mr. Conductor. Thomas and the other engines had to come to his rescue.  Over the course of the story, a circus girl became friends with the Shining Time kids and overcame her fear of horses to become a circus stunt rider. Highlights would have included the Jukebox Band becoming separated and reuniting through a song and in one memorable scene Schemer was shot from a cannon.

Why It Was Cancelled[]

  • London left the company.
  • Coorporate restructuring and sales.
  • One reason the movie fell through was that Brian O'Connor, who played Schemer, was looking to get out of acting and return to comedy. O'Connor eventually left show business completely and is now a counselor for troubled youths. They were reluctant to go ahead with an STS movie without his involvement.


  • Destination Films & Gullane Pictures produced a movie based on the books called Thomas and the Magic Railroad on July 9, 2000 which received negative reviews and performed poorly at the box office.