If it's crap ... We'll tell you
Now that his whole silly political career is over, Arnold Schwarzenegger can focus on getting back into films. After appearing briefly in 'The Expendables,' a role that appears to have been beefed up for 'Expendables 2,' Arnie landed the lead in 'The Last Stand;' described as a modern western. Then, as things appeared to be rolling toward total career comeback, Schwarzenegger was signed on to star in 'Black Sands.' The film, directed by Scott Waugh and Mike McCoy ('Act of Valor') and written by Skip Woods ('The A-Team'), was initially conceptualized as a cross between 'Man on Fire' and 'High Plains Drifter.' Well now, it's...not that. The film has been retitled 'Black Sunday' with Arnold now playing an immortal character that the man himself has described as sort of an angel. The movie's fictive lineage is now being described as a cross between 'Commando' and 'Constantine.' The film begins shooting April 1st, leaving it just enough time to change its title three or four more times.
It's not unheard of that a movie change its title before shooting begins, but to revamp its entire concept? That's a bit disconcerting. One of two things has happened here. Either one or more of the filmmakers lost confidence in the original concept and had Skip Woods change it up, or the person who initially leaked the plot info had not read the script and was grossly misinformed. Frankly, we've seen Arnie play both "regular" Joes with violent streaks as well as superhuman entities so it's not as if either concept is way outside his wheelhouse. I kind of dig the idea of Arnold playing an angel, but then again you'd be hard pressed to find an action role in which I would dislike to see him. It is possible my judgment is being clouded by my unapologetic love for Schwarzenegger films, but I will watch this movie no matter what the title or whatever X meets Y formula they concoct for it.
Am I being too optimistic? What do you guys think of this switch and/or the new title/plot?