Meryl Streep The River Wild

Demolition Man 2 would've been a Meryl Streep-starring father-daughter story

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Jul 31, 2018

Sylvester Stallone. Wesley Snipes. Timeless, time-hopping, cop-fighting action. After a Demolition Man-themed Taco Bell made an appearance at San Diego Comic-Con this year, it stirred up speculation about how the cult film (which made plenty of money upon its debut back in 1993) could’ve moved forward (after maybe being cryogenically frozen) over the years.

But speculate no longer, or at least do so with a bit more information: A sequel to the Marco Brambilla-helmed sci-fi actioner was briefly planned... and it was going to have some of the wildest casting imaginable.

Apparently, the original film had a huge subplot about Stallone’s time-displaced police officer finding his now-adult daughter in the future. At the time, it was an assumption that co-star Sandra Bullock was going to turn out to be the daughter, but the whole subplot was cut from the film because it was too maudlin. In fact, Stallone’s daughter was going to be older than him, and was played in the cut scenes by actress Elizabeth Ruscio.

This was just one of the details that Demolition Man co-writer Daniel Waters shared when he spoke on a May episode of The Projection Booth podcast, about the time that producer Joel Silver pitched him on the follow-up after the film had a great overseas box office. “I get a call from Joel,” Waters said. “‘What do you think of this? Meryl Streep is Stallone’s daughter for the sequel. What do you think?’ I’m like ‘Okay, you get Meryl on the set and I’ll come out.'” Wait, what?

If Streep was cast, we have no Doubt that she would’ve been the perfect Sophie's Choice for the weird, weird role. But Mamma Mia! What a strange sequel that would’ve been, especially with old man Stallone teaming up with his grown daughter in the future to do... what exactly? Fight more crime? We’re here for it, regardless.


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