Trivia / Rollerball


  • Box Office Bomb: The remake was this. Budget: $70 million. Final box office tally: $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: Chris Klein and Rebecca Romijn never really recovered from the remake's poor box office take. The latter being nominated for a Razzie for her role didn't help much.
  • 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"...
  • Troubled Production: The remake. Anyone who's seen the original script says it was very good, but the director disliked it and ordered multiple rewrites. Principal photography took place in 2000, but after uniformly negative test screenings the studio ordered reshoots. The film was then heavily cut for a more family-friendly rating. In the middle of all this, the director hired a private investigator to put a wiretap on the phone of one of the producers, for which felony he would later serve several months in a federal prison. The end result was critically panned (3% on Rotten Tomatoes) and earned just over a third of its budget.
  • 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...

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