After Bad Boys, Michael Bay directed Rock in 1996, with Nicolas Cage, Sean Connery and Ed Harris. The film is about how a chemical weapons expert and a former Alcatraz escapee are tasked with putting an end to the plans of General Hummel, who has taken over Alcatraz Island and threatens to launch deadly gas at San Francisco.
According to the credits of the film, we owe the script to Mark Rosner, Douglas Cook and David Weisberg. But other writers have worked on the writing, including Quentin Tarantino, who arrived on the project thanks to Tony Scott. The two have known each other since True Romance in 1993, directed by Scott and written by Tarantino. Two years later, while directing USS Alabama, Scott enlists Tarantino to rewrite the dialogue, which producers Jerry Bruckheimer and Don Simpson find disappointing.
Although Tarantino is not credited in the credits of USS Alabama, his work seduces Bruckheimer who recalls him for Rock. How much of his work was preserved in the final version of the script is complicated, especially since other writers, like Aaron Sorkin, were involved in the rewrite. But we can guess that he is no stranger to the verve of the character of Stanley Goodspeed, played by Nicolas Cage.
Did you notice the little hidden details of “Rock”?