Schwarzenegger made ‘Jingle all the Way’ majorly because THIS movie was delayed

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Arnold Schwarzenegger’s career is often synonymous with action-packed blockbusters, but he has also showcased his versatility by delving into comedy. Starting with “Twins” in 1988, he embarked on a comedic path amidst his action-hero roles. Movies like “Last Action Hero,” “True Lies,” “Kindergarten Cop,” “Junior,” and the beloved Christmas classic “Jingle All the Way” highlighted his comedic prowess.

Interestingly, the fate of “Jingle All the Way” is intertwined with an unexpected connection to the “Planet of the Apes” franchise, which contrasts starkly with Schwarzenegger’s usual action-comedy genre. The “Planet of the Apes” franchise comprises two distinct series—the original run from 1968 to 1973 and the critically acclaimed reboot trilogy spanning from 2011 to 2017. Moreover, a fourth installment was slated for release in 2024.

However, amidst these successful franchise iterations, there exists another “Planet of the Apes” film from 2001—a standalone entry directed by Tim Burton and starring Mark Wahlberg. This particular movie had a tumultuous journey through development and stood apart from the established franchise. Its history traces back to 1988 and involved several notable figures.

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Notably, Arnold Schwarzenegger was initially approached in 1994 to star in the film, when Oliver Stone intended to produce but not direct the project. Fox, the studio behind the film, sought script revisions, envisioning a more comedic tone. Despite Schwarzenegger’s approval of director Philip Noyce in 1995, Fox remained dissatisfied with the screenplay.

Subsequent changes in directors and writers ensued, involving figures like Chris Columbus, James Cameron, and Peter Jackson at various points in the project’s development. Interestingly, during this tumultuous period, Schwarzenegger, originally considered for “Planet of the Apes,” pivoted to star in “Jingle All the Way,” directed by Chris Columbus.

The revolving door of creatives and the ever-evolving script led to numerous iterations and changes within the 2001 “Planet of the Apes” film. Despite the film’s critical reception as something of a disaster due to its convoluted development, it managed to secure a considerable box office return of $360 million, indicating some level of commercial success amidst its turbulent production journey.