The Running Man That Almost HappenedPosted: March 4, 2017, 12:12:12
Slasherfilm had a very interesting article about how The Running Man came about.
Before Paul Michael Glaser directed The Running Man, four other directors worked on the movie and here are info on the three alternate versions we almost saw.
“He had an interesting idea that the movie should be the actual broadcast, which would have had some narrative problems because how did [Ben Richards] get in trouble and stuff like that,” de Souza said. “He was making it very British. He said on an English crew, you have a tea lady who comes around with a cart of tea and biscuits. When the tea lady came through, the show stopped the crew stopped, the stalker stopped and the runners stopped and they all took a break, then started up again. It was kind of a Monty Python bridge too far. Before you could say, ‘What is the capital of Assyria?’ he was gone.”
Thanks to Anders Jakobson