1. Die Hard
Believe it or not, ‘Die Hard’ was not meant to be an original movie. It’s actually based off of the novel ‘Nothing Lasts Forever’ by Roderick Thorp. ‘Nothing Lasts Forever’ is itself a sequel to Thorp’s other novel, ‘The Detective’, which was made into a film starring Frank Sinatra in ’68. Sinatra was even offered the role of John McClane, but turned it down – a fortunate event for Bruce Willis.
2. Minority Report
Do you remember a certain movie by the name of ‘Total Recall’? Yeah, well, ‘Minority Report’ was intended to be its sequel. Both movies are an adaption of Philip K. Dick’s short stories. So after the success of ‘Total Recall’, novelist Jon Cohen was tasked with combining the two stories into a screenplay in ’97. Unfortunately, the production company that owned the rights to ‘Total recall’, Carolco Pictures, went out of business before the film could be made. Instead, 20th Century Fox picked it up to be done by Spielberg for release in 2002.
3. The Hateful Eight
Tarantino’s film, ‘The Hateful Eight’, was originally meant to be a sequel to his other film, ‘Django Unchained’ that was released only three years prior. However, part way through writing, Tarantino realized that Django would not fit in with The Hateful Eight – he was too much of a good guy. Tarantino wanted The Hateful Eight to be a group of bad guys with no moral center. Therefore, ‘Django in White Hell’ became ‘The Hateful Eight’; a movie in a world of its own.
‘Rocky’ was a popular series of movies. However, after the 4th sequel was released, Hollywood joked that Rocky was running out of people to fight and that he would eventually have to resort to boxing an alien if there would be more sequels to come. Jim and John Thomas rolled with the joke and began to write the script for what they called ‘Hunter’. Producer, Joel Silver, liked the idea and gave it to 20th Century Fox in ’85. Since Silver had worked with Arnold Schwarzenegger in the past, he cast him for the role instead of Sylvester Stallone and it became ‘Predator’.
If you don’t remember a movie called ‘Masters of the Universe’, it’s because it bombed in theatres. Before it did so horribly, Cannon Films planned on making a sequel, as well as a live action Spider-man movie at the same time. However, because ‘Masters of the Universe’ caused large financial issues for the company, Cannon ended up scratching the sequel and cancelling its deal with Marvel. But since they already put $2 million into pre-production, they decided to rework what they already had into a brand new film that we know as ‘Cyborg’. The script was written over one weekend and Jean-Claude Van Damme was cast as lead.