Oh John McTierren, what happened to your film career as a great director? Die Hard was the Contra of the 80's, Last Action Hero was a pretty good B-movie of the 90's, Medicine Man (I still have to watch that movie). I know it's hard why he was once considered the land of the greats of action movie nostalgia. But then he threw it all away in Rollerball.
I know a lot about Rollerball's messy remake. The production has way sorts of problems like it was originally going to be Rated R for its graphic violence and a lot of sex in this movie. But unlike another movie that cause a stir (Howard The Duck), the MPAA decided to make the movie to a family audience and give it a s***ty PG-13 rating nobody likes. The director of the film hated the script nearing the movie's completion and cause MGM to be re-shooted and re-edit the final product of the movie which was supposed to be released in the Summer of 2001. But before the 9/11 attacks happened, the film's schedule had to be pushed to February 8, 2002. The movie finally came out and I guessed it right, it was a wasted load of crap. Admidst all of the behind-the-scenes scrutiny over its production, not one many moviegoer see this movie in an empty theater because it was extremely panned by everyone. I think Rollerball is the gold standard of "It's Batman & Robin on Ice" of awfully bad movies. Like I said, the script that the studio (allegedly) think it was good, but hell no the story is s**t, the writing is s**t, and why in the hell did Chris Klein and the entire cast (LL Cool J included) decided it was a great idea to star in this dumpster fire. Not even an appearance by Paul Heyman and WWE's residential Hardcore badass Shane Macmahon can't even save this film. It's like telling all the souless fans to get hyped and see the movie promote it on the TNN Network. The movie was so bad, that was pretty much it for John McTiernan's directing career. No wonder why he decided he threw in the towel by getting his ass arrested for failed unpaid taxes and fraud allegations. For those who have Netflix ( or not), then I suggest you shold check out the original 1975 cult classic instead. I just hope MGM just learned their lesson not to remake an iconic classic ever again. I take that back, they did (The Pink Panther, Robocop, Carrie, etc.) Goddamnit, MGM.