James Nunn, director of The Marine 6 was on Wrestling INC’s WINCLY podcast to discuss the reasoning behind the film’s shocking ending. The film marks Mike “The Miz” Mizanin’s 4th film as franchise protagonist Sgt. Jake Carter. The film also stars WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels & WWE SmackDown Women’s Champion Becky Lynch.
The following contains major spoilers for The Marine 6, so readers should consider themselves warned.
Nunn talked with Wrestling INC’s Nick Hausman, describing the phone call with studio executives in which he learned the franchise-shaking twist:
Transcription via Ross Kelly at Wrestling INC.
“We’re going to retire Mike [The Miz]. We’re going to…oh, I don’t want to say it! [Laughter] Oh, I’m going to say it – we’re going to kill Mike, guys. We’re going to kill Mike.
“I said it! Oh my God! On the phone I was like, ‘what did you just say? Can you repeat that?’
“They were like, ‘yeah, we’re going to kill him.’
“I went, ‘I don’t know if we should be doing that. This is crazy! Who does this? I’ve never seen a movie where they’ve done this. We should think about this.”
There is currently no word on plans for a 7th Marine film.