Briefly: Uh-oh. Despite the fact that Joel Silver and his Dark Castle shingle, which has a home and frequent partner in Warner Bros., are behind the Sylvester Stallone graphic novel adaptation Bullet to the Head, the film needs a new distributor. Originally set to be directed by Wayne Kramer, then eventually helmed by action godfather Walter Hill, the movie features Stallone and Christian Slater teaming up to take down the guy (Jason Momoa) who killed both of their partners.
The film was set for an April 13 release, but that has been scrapped and the film is off WB’s calendar right now. Does that mean it is good and the studio wants to put it in a better fall spot? Or does that mean the movie is terrible and WB is just trying to make it go away? We have no way of knowing, but you can always check the argumentative comments thread in Deadline‘s initial post for some clue.
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The Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Scwarzenegger prison-set action thriller The Tomb has just added James Caviezel. Producer Mark Canton announced over the weekend that the actor had signed on, and that he’ll play the warden of a super high-tech prison that Stallone’s character designed, and from which he has to escape. Canton also said that Schwarzenegger, who plays a resident of the prison, will have a solid chunk of screen time. No mere cameo for Arnie. Mikael Hafstrom directs. [AICN]
After the break, check out the clip from the radio show where Canton talked about The Tomb, and catch up with news on Antonio Banderas playing Pablo Picasso, and John Turturro’s next films. One of those may be Michael Bay’s Pain & Gain. Read More »
Let’s kick off another sequel news roundup with some info on a film that will be out soon. Jon M. Chu directed G.I. Joe: Retaliation, and the trailers released so far have generated a good level of interest in the film.
In an interview with Moviefone, Chu talks about enthusiasm for various Joe characters and the difficulty his team had with creating a linear follow-up to the first Joe film, The Rise of Cobra. One question many of our readers has asked regards Cobra Commander, and how this film’s character connects to the Joseph Gordon-Levitt version in the previous movie. Chu says, “Cobra Commander was an issue. But I know we couldn’t lose Cobra Commander.”
Asked if this is the same character under the mask, the director says,
No. [Smiling] But we figured out a way that’s pretty nice. And you get the Cobra Commander that you’ve always wanted. Or, to me, what I always wanted: a bad-ass villain. He’s one of the most iconic villains ever. I’m even following him on Twitter — he’s so funny.
After the break, a brief update on the chance of a Rambo 5, Michael Keaton is reportedly excited about a Beetlejuice sequel, and we’ve got some info on Judd Apatow’s sorta-sequel to Knocked Up, This Is 40. Read More »
It just isn’t as difficult to pair ’80s action icons as it used to be. The Expendables blazed a new trail for guys like Bruce Willis, Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger to work in the same film, and the sequel is soon to expand that testosterone showcase.
Last month it started to look like Arnold Schwarzenegger would also join Sylvester Stallone in a prison film called The Tomb. (Which, appropriately enough, was almost a Bruce Willis film at one point.) Now the two actors are locked and Mikael Håfström (The Rite, 1408) is set to direct, with Summit ready to distribute. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, January 12th, 2012 by Angie Han
About a year and a half ago, it seemed like Antoine Fuqua was set to direct Bruce Willis in the original action thriller The Tomb. In the time since, however, the project’s rotated through a couple of other well-known action-names. Fuqua and Willis dropped out of the project, and Willis’ The Expendables co-star Arnold Schwarzenegger flirted with taking the lead before another Expendables man, Sylvester Stallone, ultimately signed on.
Now it looks like Schwarzenegger may be back again, as news breaks that the former California governor has entered early talks to appear alongside Stallone in the film. Meanwhile, the project seems to have finally found a replacement for Fuqua in Mikael Håfström, who’s helmed such movies as The Rite and Derailed. More details after the jump.
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Sylvester Stallone is really back in action this week, with that teaser trailer for The Expendables 2 and a poster to go along with it. Sly even gets to hold down the poster solo, despite the fact that the whole selling point of The Expendables 2 is that it is an even bigger action ensemble than the first.
Now here’s a look at the aging action star in Bullet to the Head. The movie is the return of action director Walter Hill, who was Stallone’s pick to replace original helmer Wayne Kramer when some “creative differences” arose between star and director. The film is based ona Matz and Colin Wilson graphic novel, and also features Christian Slater, Jason Momoa and Jon Seda. Check out the full first image from the film, also seemingly featuring Momoa, below. Read More »
Here’s a pretty rote teaser trailer for Affliction: The Motion Picture… er, The Expendables 2, which puts Sylvester Stallone and Jason Statham back at the forefront of an action extravaganza that also stars Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Terry Crews, Randy Couture, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Chuck Norris, Liam Hemsworth, Bruce Willis, and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Check it out below if you want to see all those faces for a second or two each. Read More »
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Posted on Monday, November 21st, 2011 by Angie Han
From the files of “so crazy it just might work” comes Rocky: The Musical, a new stage show being developed by star Sylvester Stallone and world champion boxing brothers Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko. And though my initial reaction was to dismiss it as another Broadway disaster — Rocky belting out showtunes? Really? — there’s something about the idea that actually makes a weird sort of sense. The fact that Stallone’s getting together a crack team to bring the story to the stage doesn’t hurt matters, either. More details after the jump.
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