I've read that Philip K. Dick's 1996 story wasn't even picked up for consideration for about eight years after its publication, and then Verhoeven's flick didn't see the light of 'projected' day until 1990. If I'm doing the math right (and you folks are always quick to point out when I haven't, curse you!), then that means the project took an incredible 24 years from conception to projection. Now, that's clearly not as long as Walt Disney's John Carter took, but you catch my drift: that's nearly two-and-one-half decades we waited for some quality cinema goodness.
That, my friends, is a Hollywood shame.
As always, thanks for reading ... and live long and prosper!