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.

Ain’t It Cool News and Deadline report that Schwarzenegger has been approached to star with Stallone in the picture, and Schwarzenegger’s met Sly and discussed the project with him. Details are scarce on which character Schwarzenegger will be playing. Schwarzenegger only got back into the acting game recently with 2010’s The Expendables, but has been keeping busy ever since with The Expendables 2 and Jee-woon Kim’s The Last Stand. Unless The Tomb rearranges his schedule, he’ll next move on to Black Sands in April.

Negotiations with Håfström seem to be farther along, as Deadline reports that he’s been circling the project for some time and is now working with Miles Chapman on the latest draft of the screenplay. Chapman is the original writer of the script, which also got a rewrite from Jason Keller at some point. As previously reported, the story follows Ray Breslin (Stallone), “the world’s foremost authority on structural security.” When he’s framed and incarcerated in a high security prison he himself designed, he must find a way to escape and track down the person who put him there.

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