Trivia / Rollerball

  • Box Office Bomb: The remake. Budget, $70 million. Gross, $25,852,764.
  • Creator Killer: The remake was a serious blow to director John McTiernan's decorated career before it was torpedoed entirely by his arrest for tax evasion a short few years later.
  • Disowned Adaptation: William Harrison has said that he never saw the remake, let alone interested in it. Actually, it was even disowned by John McTiernan himself, the film being butchered by heavy editing due to Executive Meddling, which completely altered its message.
  • Fake Nationality: Frenchman Jean Reno as Kazakh Alexi Petrovich in the remake.
  • Star-Derailing Role: From the remake, Chris Klein and Rebecca Romijn.
  • Throw It In:
    • The cast made up their own rules for Rollerball, which greatly adds to the realism.
    • Supposedly, when filming was completed, the stuntmen wanted to play a for-real game before the sets were struck, but the studio nixed the idea. Something about "liability" and "lawsuits the size of the Oort Cloud"...
  • What Could Have Been: The scene where drugged-up party-goers shoot up some magnificent trees with a futuristic rocket gun is disturbing enough. But just imagine how it would've been if they'd followed the original scripted idea, where they took turns shooting a dog...