Sylvester Stallone and Meryl Streep nearly teamed up for a Demolition Man sequel

By Jack Beresford

August 01, 2018

Sylvester Stallone and Meryl Streep came very close to teaming up on the big screen in a sequel to Sly’s 1993 sci-fi action hit, Demolition Man.

And know that the plans for the ultimately scrapped sequel have surfaced, it’s fair to say we’re pretty devastated it never happened.

The original Demolition Man pitted Stallone’s disgraced cop John Spartan against Wesley Snipes’ super criminal Simon Phoenix.

When Phoenix frames Spartan for mass murder, the pair end up being cryogenically frozen for all eternity for their crimes.

However, Spartan is awoken in 2032 after Phoenix escapes prison during a parole hearing and tasked with bringing in his old foe.

A subplot touched upon in the film but ultimately never explored revealed that while Spartan’s wife died in the years following his incarceration, his daughter was alive and well.

In fact, it led some creepy fans to theorise that Sandra Bullock’s character and Spartan’s love interest, Lieutenant Lenina Huxley, was actually his daughter.

Thankfully, fresh revelations have revealed that was never the plan and, in fact, a big-name star was being lined up to play Stallone’s daughter in a sequel.

Speaking to Projection Booth, the film’s co-writer Daniel Waters revealed producer Joel Silver wanted Streep to play the part.

“‘I get a call from Joel – “What do you think of this? Meryl Streep is Stallone’s daughter for the sequel. What do you think?”‘ Waters revealed. ‘I’m like “Okay, you get Meryl on the set and I’ll come out.'”

Though further details are sketchy, one long-held rumour suggested that the follow-up would have seen Stallone go up against Jackie Chan.

Alas, a dispute over the profits from the first film – one that has continued to this day – meant a sequel never saw the light of day. It’s probably too late now but we can still dream.