For one of my recent Mental Floss articles, I compiled a list of movies that underwent significant changes at some point in development (or production) and became very different films.
While that happens to a lot of projects, I put the spotlight on six particularly notable change-ups that involved well-known films or their potential sequels. For example, did you know that Jean-Claude Van Damme’s “Cyborg” (admittedly, a guilty pleasure of mine) was originally intended to be the sequel to “Masters of the Universe” (with a little bit of “Spider-Man” thrown in)?
Here’s an excerpt from the article:
This violent, post-apocalyptic 1989 film starring Jean-Claude Van Damme as a mercenary with the musical moniker “Gibson Rickenbacker” began its production cycle as a sequel to 1987’s live-action He-Man adventure Masters of the Universe. After studio Cannon Films was forced to cancel its deal with toy company Mattel for the He-Man license (as well as a deal with Marvel for a live-action Spider-Man movie), it was left with more than $2 million in costumes and sets for the project. In an effort to recoup its expenses, the studio repurposed the props and sets for a new film, and cast up-and-coming actor Van Damme as the lead. This is the reason that the movie is still occasionally labeled Masters of the Universe 2: Cyborg in television listings.
You can read the full article at MentalFloss.com.