But Sylvester Stallone's first choice for the lead antagonist was Jack Nicholson. Stallone hesitated to approach Nicholson, assuming that the legendary actor wouldn't be interested, because let's be honest, why the hell would he? But, as it turns out, Nicholson was interested in joining the cast of an old guys explosion fest. Despite the fact that this might well have resulted in the most spectacularly insane 120 minutes of film ever recorded, they weren't able to work out a deal in time, but there's always The Expendables 4: Jack Does Cocaine In A Helicopter.
Warner Bros.This, but not snow.
Another obvious choice for the ever-expanding cast is Jackie Chan, who has been trying to jump on board ever since The Expendables 2 but unfortunately hasn't been able to make it work due to scheduling conflicts or possibly because his brand of hypersonic stunts doesn't mesh well with hulking, antique bodybuilders. And because he is never far from earshot when ridiculous decisions are being made, Nicolas Cage was in "advanced negotiations" to appear in the film at one point, but the deal fell through, presumably because Cage took whatever prop weapon they gave him for rehearsals and ran off to find sunken treasure somewhere in the Pacific.
The Original Script Of World War Z Was An Epic Horror/Drama
The book World War Z discusses the geopolitical and social effects of a zombie apocalypse on a global scale. This is admittedly difficult to condense into a single cohesive narrative for a film, but the movie World War Z attempted to incorporate as many elements from the book as it could. At least, until it was rewritten and all of those parts were taken out to make a more straightforward, mainstream Brad Pitt movie.
For instance, in the book the Battle of Yonkers is humanity's Waterloo, the turning point where zombies unseat humans as the dominant species on the planet and where humans realize that most modern weaponry rapidly loses its effectiveness against an enemy that has no self-preservation instinct. Also, it's where a bunch of shit gets blown the fuck up, as depicted by this thoroughly bitchin' preproduction art:
Paramount PicturesBecause what's the point of filming an apocalypse without fucking up a bridge at some point?
If you don't remember any of this from the movie, it's OK -- it was that part where Brad Pitt ran around for a bit before getting in a helicopter. It was easy to miss.
The original script was written by accomplished screenwriter and author J. Michael Straczynski, who was a writer on Thor and wrote a bunch of Twilight Zone episodes. It followed a U.N. investigator collecting interviews from various survivors of the zombie wars from around the world to try to determine how the different government infrastructures failed, giving us a film that's essentially survivors telling horrifying stories of how they managed to stay alive. Then, in typical Hollywood fashion, it was passed through a series of rewrites to turn it into a more palatable summer blockbuster about Brad Pitt running through cities and saving the human race completely by chance (the ending was even reshot after test audiences decided it was too bleak). According to Ain't It Cool News, the original draft might have been best picture material.
Although Ain't It Cool has been known to exaggerate.
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