ByMichael Davis, writer at Creators.co
Currently obsessed with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Lost and pop culture
Michael Davis

Moviepilot.com decided to post ANOTHER contest, and once again, in my bid for fabulous prizes and worldwide recognition, I have decided to enter it!

We'd like you to re-cast an existing (or future release with a confirmed cast) movie, TV series or game. As always, you are encouraged to be as creative as possible and really think outside the conventional norms of casting.

I have decided on that 1987 classic, The Running Man, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger! Now, I hope to Odin that this remake will never be made, but if it does, I can get a jump on the competition! What does our home audience say to that?

Our live studio audience
Our live studio audience

BEN RICHARDS

1987 Arnold
1987 Arnold

There is only one person in Hollywood that represents what Arnold had in the 1980's: Presence, pure charisma, humor and action star skills.

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson

Yeesh...
Yeesh...


Damon Killian

YES!
YES!

Originally played by beloved Family Feud host Richard Dawson (who won the Oscar for this role), this represented something totally different for Dawson. I wanted somebody people recognized as a TV host, beloved by all. This role would also be a way to show a different, completely opposite role -- just a bloodthirsty opportunist. WHO LOVES YOU AND WHO DO YOU LOVE?

Ryan Seacrest

Not the Dinkleman
Not the Dinkleman


Amber Mendez

Tell more lies about me
Tell more lies about me

Now, I don't know if the original script called for a hispanic woman who talks too much and is slightly annoying. But the woman they did choose has the greatest name known to man: Maria Conchita Alonso. She's also thoroughly unconvincing as a commando. I didn't buy the original romantic pairing (seeing as how he kidnapped her and got her thrown in a deadly game), but perhaps as a father/daughter dynamic and protector role. I was thinking of Amber and her modern look-a-like, but somebody who wouldn't be as annoying, had acting ability, and who I think is cuter and hotter than all hell.

Selena Gomez

Oh hi Selena...
Oh hi Selena...


Laughlin

Don't teach the street kids the Constitution
Don't teach the street kids the Constitution

The always great and meaty Yaphet Kotto. Now, I barely know nothing of his career outside of Running Man and Homicide. But he is an unlikely choice. I wanted somebody who may not be Johnson's physical equal (or even beat him in a fight), but somebody who could hold their own in an intellectual conversation AND a fight, look like a good teacher and like they would start a brainy/armed rebellion against a powerful government. I got it. Or, I've been watching too much Flash.

Jessie L. Martin

Then I became the impossible
Then I became the impossible


Weiss

Harold
Harold

The computer geek. The smart guy. Well, I picked the one guy in modern TV who looks like he could be Weiss' son. You should watch him in NCIS: LA!

Barrett Foa

NCIS LA
NCIS LA

Now, it's time for the Network Stalkers! Government-approved assassins who work for a game show/gladiatorial combat! In the original movie, these guys were made up of wrestlers, weightlifters, football players, etc. I wanted to choose guys who may have been well-known in their athletic fields, but also ones who are recognized as powerful athletes despite being actors.

Captain Freedom

Code of the Gladiator
Code of the Gladiator

Love this guy. For his new incarnation, I wanted somebody who can embody what Captain Freedom wants to stand for, but not as cheesy-looking as Jessie "The Body" Ventura. I know exactly jack about wrestling, but looking at this guy, it's what I want in this role.

John Cena

Whut?
Whut?


Captain Freedom's workout
Captain Freedom's workout


Subzero

Bansai!
Bansai!

"Professor" Sub-Zero is quite unusual: a large Asian man who plays hockey. Obviously, the makers of this original film wanted somebody who cut an unusual swath through Hollywood and looks completely different than everybody else. My Sub-Zero doesn't necessarily have to play hockey or even be Asian. This was a tough one! You want unusual? How about a female MMA fighter/badass/actor? This is 2015, after all...

Rhonda Rousey

Rowdy
Rowdy

Buzzsaw

I'm gonna make it part of you!
I'm gonna make it part of you!

I was looking forward to this one. This role needs somebody who can go toe-to-toe with either Schwarzenegger or Dwayne Johnson.

MMA Fighter Chuck Liddell

The Iceman Cometh
The Iceman Cometh


Dynamo

Opera, opera
Opera, opera

Dynamo is not like his other stalkers. He's not physically intimidating, muscular, or even has a special fighting ability. So I figured Dynamo would take a joy in killing people for a living, just a psychopath who enjoys his job too much. He's a pure psycho killer who is not physically powerful. Oh, and a rapist. So, the network gave him a suit that conducts electricity. I needed somebody who embodies this particular type of role. Primarily a comedian, just watch his dramatic chops in Wolf of Wall Street.

Jonah Hill

Really? Jonah Hill?
Really? Jonah Hill?


Wolf of Wall Street attacks
Wolf of Wall Street attacks


Fireball

Last year's losers
Last year's losers

Played by ex-NFL player Jim Brown, Fireball has a flamethrower but seems to be more intelligent (probably just he talks more) and is "in" on the conspiracy. Watch my actor in roles like Expendables 3 or Gamer. He's also very intimidating-looking and he talks well.

Terry Crewes

Hail Ceasar!
Hail Ceasar!

And finally...

Mik and Stevie

You have the con...
You have the con...

This was the most fun. Mik Fleetwood, heavily in old-man makeup (he looks oddly similar today, but without makeup) plays the leader of the rebellion--an ex rock star who laments what happens to his musician friends. And Dweezil Zappa plays a really young soldier. For my choices, I just think the Foo Fighters singer would look different in old-man makeup (and is a similar choice to where Mik was in 1987) and I only chose Taylor Swift because of the mention of her in the contest article. That, and I wish Shake it Off wasn't so catchy.

Dave Grohl

The new Mik
The new Mik

Taylor Swift

Stevie
Stevie

And no more Solid Gold Dancers, okay?

Solid Gold!
Solid Gold!

Maybe something like this?

Beatfreaks apparently
Beatfreaks apparently

What do you think?

Mano a Mano in THE RUNNING MAN!
Mano a Mano in THE RUNNING MAN!
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