We’ve got a couple of Warner Bros. release date stories for you today. First up, Deadline reports that the studio has set director Walter Hill’s adaptation of the graphic novel Bullet to the Head for release on April 13, 2012, opposite the Joss Whedon-penned Cabin in the Woods. The film stars Sylvester Stallone and centers on a New Orleans hitman who teams up with a Gotham cop to hunt down those responsible for the deaths of their respective partners. The film also stars Sung Kang and Sarah Shahi.
Additionally, the studio has moved the low-budget raunchy comedy Project X from November to March 2, 2012, where it will go toe-to-toe with Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters and Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax. The college-set film was put together secretly with a cast of mostly unknowns, and no one seems to know anything about the plot thus far. However, we can safely assume that he flick will be a hard R with Todd Phillips onboard as producer.
A trio of actors have joined Walter Hill’s untitled adaptation of the graphic novel Bullet to the Head. Variety reports that Christian Slater, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Lost) and Holt McCallany (TV’s Lights Out) will star alongside Sylvester Stallone in the action-thriller formerly referred to as Headshot. Stallone plays a New Orleans hit man who allies himself with a Gotham cop in order to take down the killers of their respective partners. The report confirms that Sung Kang will be playing the Gotham cop, a role that Thomas Jane was initially hired to play before he was subsequently fired from the project. If you missed our interview with Jane, he candidly explains what went down behind the scenes.
Akinnuoye-Agbaje is set as the main villain (putting those Jason Momoa rumors to rest), with Slater taking on the role of a local handler who acts as a middleman, while McCallany will portray Kang’s dirty cop partner. Production is set to begin soon.
With Sylvester Stallone and director Walter Hill’s adaptation of the graphic novel Bullet to the Head set to begin shooting later this month, it makes sense that casting news regarding the pic would begin to surface. Yesterday, we reported that Sarah Shahi (USA’s Fairly Legal) was joining the film as the daughter of Stallone’s New Orleans hit man. Tonight, Latino Review is hearing that Jason Momoa (Conan the Barbarian and Game of Thrones) is set to play the film’s villain, a man who is responsible for the death of Stallone’s former partner.
Although it would be wise to await further confirmation before taking Momoa’s inclusion as gospel, I won’t hesitate to say that I would love to see Momoa take on the role of antagonist under one condition: if he brings those dreads with him. For those unaware, Stallone and Hill’s Bullet to the Head adaptation will see Stallone’s aforementioned New Orleans hit man form an unlikely alliance with a Gotham cop for the purpose of taking down what could be Momoa’s character. Stay tuned for more details on the project as they emerge. In the meantime, just picture Momoa’s killer dreads going head-to-head with a revenge-thirsty Stallone and tell me you don’t like what you see.
In a story that will make you want to check your calendar to make sure it isn’t somehow the mid-80s again, it appears that aging action titans Sylvester Stallone, super producer Joel Silver, and perpetually underrated director Walter Hill will be joining forces for a new movie. Much like on The Expendables, good ol’ Sly has pulled together a testosterone-laden dream team of genre superstars, but this time the talents come from behind the camera, which will hopefully lead to a better movie. The film is based on a graphic novel appropriately titled Bullet To The Head and will be splattering mangled corpses all over the big screen pretty damn soon given that shooting starts at the end of the month. It will be produced through a partnership of IM Global and After Dark Films, and released through Warner Brothers. Hit the jump for more info on Stallone’s latest ode to elderly ass-kickery.
New details have emerged on Walter Hill’s upcoming action flick Headshot starring Sylvester Stallone and Thomas Jane. As we previously reported, the story centers on a hitman (Stallone) and an NYPD detective (Jane) who team up to exact revenge. According to What’s Playing, the film will be, much like Stallone’s The Expendables, a throwback to 80s buddy action flicks. Hill reportedly signed on for the flick because it reminded him of the films he used to make like 48 Hrs. and Red Heat. WP also says that Hill has fine-tuned Alessandro Camon’s script and improved the “cool” dialogue and central relationship between Stallone and Jane’s characters.
I desperately hope that this film is better than Expendables and having Hill behind the camera gives me that hope. However, it’s interesting/sad that ever since 2006′s Rocky Balboa, Stallone has essentially acknowledged that he’s a relic and that the only way his stardom can continue is if he can transport audiences back to when he was actually a star.
Last week, we brought you the news that Walter Hill (The Warriors) will be directing Sylvester Stallone in the action/thriller Headshot. Today, JoBlo reports that Thomas Jane will be starring alongside Sly as an NYPD detective. Per their report, Jane dropped the news of his involvement while appearing on their “Arrow in the Head” podcast and claims that it is indeed a done deal. Production on Headshot is expected to begin next month in New Orleans.
The script, initially penned by Alessandro Camon (The Messengers) and currently undergoing rewrites by Hill, focuses on a New Orleans-based hitman (Stallone) who shares a common goal of revenge with the aforementioned NYPD detective (Jane) as they are connected by two gruesome murders. As the story goes, the pair “take on all who stand in their way, and are willing to sacrifice everything to exact revenge.” With Stallone, Hill, and now Jane on board, color me excited for Headshot.
In the initial report, Wayne Kramer (The Cooler) was tagged to direct Sylvester Stallone in the action thriller Headshot. However creative differences led Kramer away from the project last week. Stallone quickly found a replacement — he has revealed to AICN that Walter Hill will command the director’s chair:
“It’s official. We’ve got Walter Hill on board so would love for you to let the world know. We’ve been on the same track since The Driver, then 48 Hrs didn’t happen so here we are almost 35 years later, I’m finally driving with Walter Hill.”
The Headshot script by Alessandro Camon (The Messenger) sees Stallone as a New Orleans hitman who teams with a young NYPD detective: “The unlikely duo, brought together by two vicious murders, take on all who stand in their way, and are willing to sacrifice everything to exact revenge.” More after the jump:
Warner Catalog! Christopher Nolan is now the most beloved director of the fanboy set for realizing a dark and realistic take on the Dark Knight. For the critical community he was already championed for having directed one of the masterpieces of the 21st century with Memento, and now it seems both parties are coming together to celebrate Inception. Insomnia was Nolan’s transition film into the big leagues to show that he could handle a larger budget and big names. It’s more important as a transitioning film, than as an actual piece of art. Al Pacino stars as Will Dormer, a Los Angeles detective flown to Alaska to help hunt a possible serial killer (Robin Williams), only to accidentally shoot his partner (or perhaps not)?
This has little to do with Bruce Willis, who was at his peak with Tony Scott’s The Last Boy Scout, and biding time in Walter Hill’s Last Man Standing. The former has Willis’s Joe Hallenbeck paired with ex-football star Jimmy Dix (Damon Wayans) as they have to uncover the mystery of who killed Dix’s girlfriend (Halle Berry). Last Man Standing has Willis stepping into the role made famous by both Toshiro Mifune and Clint Eastwood as the hired gunman who gains or displays his conscious and destroys two rival gangs by playing them against each other. My review of all these films on Blu-ray after jump.
If you’re wondering why there’s been so much casting news lately (I’m sure it’s plaguing your every thought), it’s because of all the deal-making going on at the Cannes Film Festival. So here are three more deals: Stanley Tucci and Carla Gugino have joined Kevin Spacey and Zachary Quinto in Margin Call; Lauren German, Milo Ventimiglia, Michael Biehn and Rosanna Arquette have signed up for The Divide; and Pierce Brosnan, Billy Bob Thornton, Maria Bello, and Giovanni Ribisi are on board for St. Vincent. Hit the jump for details on all three films.