ROLLERBALL by John McTiernan
Jonathan Cross is an all-A merican hotshot, the most popular player in the fastest and most extreme sport of all time : Rollerball, a combination of rugby, roller derby, hockey and motorcycle racing. Along with team-mates Marcus Ridley and Aurora, Jonathan is living the high life; fame, money, incredible cars, all for giving viewers what they want : a dangerous game packed with visceral thrills, breakneck speed and head-slamming action. Things go wrong when Rollerball’s creator, Petrovich, realizes that serious on-court accidents bring higher viewer ratings. Soon Jonathan and his friends are playing for their lives. The team-mates find themselves trapped in intrigue; pawns in a new game without any rules. Rollerball is an exciting remake by acclaimed action director John McTiernan (Predator, Die Hard, The Hunt for Red October) of Norman Jewison’s 1975 classic Rollerball, starring James Caan as Jonathan. While the original movie took place in the future, McTiernan’s version looks like it could happen next year. The success of reality tv-shows like Survivor, that show ordinary people behaving like savages when placed in extreme circumstances, makes this premise frighteningly plausible indeed. Chris Klein (Election, American Pie) incarnates all-A merican hero Jonathan. His team-mates Marcus and Aurora are parts by LL Cool J (Halloween H20, Deep Blue Sea) and Rebecca Romijn-Stamos (X-M en). Jean Reno (Léon, Mission Impossible, Ronin) is the villainous Petrovich. With a screenplay by Larry Ferguson (The Hunt for Red October) and John Pogue (The Skulls) and special effects by John Sullivan (Eraser, The 13th Warrior).