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The Dam (aka Cliffhanger 2: The Dam) - Jan Skretny & Neal Tabachnick, 1st Rewrite, 8.10.1994

After reading this script again, i didn't liked it as much as when i read it for the first time. I wouldn't say that my opinion about it changed completely, but i just noticed more of the issues that the script has. It still works as just a fun action script, and i can see the entire story working as Cliffhanger sequel. The third act was a surprise, because at first it seems that the script will be just a "Die Hard in Hoover Dam", while the original film was "Die Hard on mountains", but then almost entire climax takes place during blackout riot in Las Vegas, and this is where IMO the best action moments take place.

But i think that based on this draft, the script still needed more re-writes focusing on story and characters, and some of the action moments in first half. The villains were pretty average, and all the baseball references and jokes didn't really work, but the script did have some moments of humor which i thought were alright. So, not a bad script, and with some changes and maybe even some other writers revisions, it could have been something if it got made, and not turn into another victim of Carolco's bankrupt.
 
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I know that there are more because it's been well known that they were working on different projects for long time. But i'm not sure would i include some of their other Stallone projects in the list (Gale Force, Isobar, Bartholomew Vs Neff, The Midnight Club...) because there are other reasons for why some of those never got made.
 
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Cage, by Joe Doughrity - Story by John Singleton
This was an interesting read. Some of the political aspects of the villain's plot were intriguing, Luke Cage himself was fairly cool, and the fact that it took place in a fully formed Marvel Universe was a pleasant surprise. A lot of it was pretty rough, though, like the bits with Stryker, the way Iron Fist is used, etc. And I really don't get the point of Method Man and Ol' Dirty Bastard showing up as themselves, who act as minor villains in two scenes. It's just weird as hell.
 
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Cage, by Joe Doughrity - Story by John Singleton
This was an interesting read. Some of the political aspects of the villain's plot were intriguing, Luke Cage himself was fairly cool, and the fact that it took place in a fully formed Marvel Universe was a pleasant surprise. A lot of it was pretty rough, though, like the bits with Stryker, the way Iron Fist is used, etc. And I really don't get the point of Method Man and Ol' Dirty Bastard showing up as themselves, who act as minor villains in two scenes. It's just weird as hell.
I remember once chatting with Joe about Cage, and these were his responses:
(Note: one of the responses might be edited)

It was great fun, Tue. Unfortunately our vision for the character was ahead of its time. John and I introduced elements from SHIELD, Nick Fury, Avengers mansion, mentions of other heroes. I remember the people at the production company saying "you can't acknowledge there are other heroes!" Now we have THE AVENGERS. It was very different than the Neflix series. Thanks.

At one point, I mentioned to Joe of what if Laurence Fishburne was Cage.

Wow, I forgot WHO we wanted but it wasn't Laurence? I have a whole box of stuff dedicated to that script if anyone ever wanted to revisit. I don't think it was a great script (we only did 1 or 2 drafts) but we had a radical idea Hollywood definitely wasn't ready for! (Pan Africanism). I do remember John wanted Sam Jackson for Moses Magnum which I thought was genius.

It was written for Ed Pressman Films and Producer Ed Pressman. In cooperation with New Deal.

I was a young writer and it was a lifelong dream to have the one meeting I did with the legendary Stan Lee though!

They didnt think it was silly, they just didn’t grasp the concept of a shared universe. I wrote 2-3 drafts ... would have to check the dates and do some digging.
 
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