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Kurt Russell once pitched an 80s action star movie universe

04.21.2017
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The words “franchise” and “shared universe” is like catnip for movie studios now, as all of the big wigs are looking for ways to take the Marvel formula and work it into their own line-up of characters. I mean, who doesn’t want to see Tom Cruise teaming up with The Mummy to fight Frankenstein? However, the notion of a giant universe wasn’t always a hot sell for studios, and actor Kurt Russell knows that first hand.

While talking with Fox 5 out of Washington D.C. Russell mentioned early on how back in the 80s he pitched an idea for a shared universe around all the action movie stars at the time. Russell remembered the folks at the top did nothing but stare right back at him:

Years ago I did think that it would be-- and nobody would listen to me--I thought it'd be great to sort of take a bunch of the characters, guys like Bruce Willis and Stallone and Schwarzenegger and whatever. They all had one best character that I thought would be interesting in the action-y world. I thought it'd be fun to put those guys together. That would've been a realistic version of what Marvel did but it was like talking to a wall. It was a little ahead of its time, I guess.

The 80s put out testosterone action flicks faster than superhero movies are put out today, with men like Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger leading the pack of muscles. The team-up could’ve included the likes of Stallone’s John Rambo, Schwarzenegger’s John Matrix (from COMMANDO) and maybe even Bruce Willis’ John McClane (call it THE JOHNNIES).  Russell himself carved out his own unique character in Snake Plissken for ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK, but the actor doesn’t think he’d play nice

I thought it would be really cool. And let them be the characters that they are. My thing about that was, if I was going to be Snake in that, I'm going to have to produce the movie. The only thing Snake's gonna do is walk in, look at 'em and then leave.

We did get a mesh of action icons in THE EXPENDABLES series, so I guess we don’t have to sit around all day in a deep depression about what-could-have-been. Still, it’s not too far-fetched to see the likes of Rambo or Matrix teaming up for an adventure in the jungle. Sure there are the inter-studio issues to work out, but hey, it was the 80s. I’m sure they could’ve just snorted some coke and figured it all out.

See Russell and Stallone in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 on May 5.

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Source: Fox 5

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5:55AM on 04/22/2017
How awesome would this have been! You just know in an alternate reality somewhere someone is at home eating popcorn, and watching that very movie on dvd right now! Once they get the CGI right the studios will probably just make that movie with the young versions of all these actors, though that's a poor substitute for the real thing.
How awesome would this have been! You just know in an alternate reality somewhere someone is at home eating popcorn, and watching that very movie on dvd right now! Once they get the CGI right the studios will probably just make that movie with the young versions of all these actors, though that's a poor substitute for the real thing.
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2:00PM on 04/21/2017

Would have been so awesome!

I would have been all over this! I've read stories about how there were several ideas to bring together Stallone and Schwarzenegger on screen back in the 80s, but egos and cost played a huge role in that not happening. Apparently, both Stallone and Schwarzenegger refused to appear together, in fear that one would receive more screen time than the other. As time went by, they started to soften to the idea (see Demolition Man and Last Action Hero's jokes, and eventually Expendables 2). Also, at
I would have been all over this! I've read stories about how there were several ideas to bring together Stallone and Schwarzenegger on screen back in the 80s, but egos and cost played a huge role in that not happening. Apparently, both Stallone and Schwarzenegger refused to appear together, in fear that one would receive more screen time than the other. As time went by, they started to soften to the idea (see Demolition Man and Last Action Hero's jokes, and eventually Expendables 2). Also, at the time, they were two of the highest paid actors in Hollywood. Having to pay them both would have cost a pretty penny, and no studio wanted to do that...even though it would have been a huge payday, most likely! Luckily, we got Stallone and Russell in Tango & Cash, which was tons of fun! But, seeing Snake Plissken (or Jack Burton!) interact with John Mclain, Rambo and Dutch (or John Matrix) would have been awesome! I totally think Snake would work as the Han Solo-type character. He's in it for himself...don't know if you can trust him...but comes in at the end to save the day!
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11:49AM on 04/21/2017

I believe tango and cash, matrix and mcclane lived in the same universe

I always wished these characters lived in the same universe...
I always wished these characters lived in the same universe...
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11:42AM on 04/21/2017
Wow, imagine what could have been a great 80s action movie with a great variety of action movie characters.
Wow, imagine what could have been a great 80s action movie with a great variety of action movie characters.
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