The first image from Walter Hill‘s action film Bullet to the Head has gone online. Sylvester Stallone plays a New Orleans hitman who teams up with a cop to take down the man who killed the cop’s partner. How does one accomplish this? Judging by the new image, the answer is axe-fighting. Keep your guns and your swords and your fists. Axe-fighting is where it’s at. But the real threat to Stallone isn’t the axe coming at his head. It’s that his forearm is about to burst like a watermelon in a vice.
Hit the jump to check out the image. The film also stars Sarah Shahi, Jason Momoa, and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje. Bullet to the Head opens on April 13, 2012.
As the 37th annual Saturn Awards came to a close, I was lucky enough to snag a few minutes with The Punisher (2004) and Hung star Thomas Jane.
Always a blunt and shoot from the hip interview, Jane was especially candid this night, talking in detail about why he was fired from Walter Hill and Sylvester Stallone’s upcoming Headshot, his burgeoning music career, his upcoming Glen Sherley biopic, his comic company Raw Studios, a western that he’s written, a werewolf movie called The Lycan, and much, much more. Hit the jump to check it out.
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:
Sylvester Stallone has signed on to star in the action-thriller Headshot. Working from a script by Alessandro Camon (The Messenger) and directed by Wayne Kramer (The Cooler), Stallone would play a New Orleans hitman who “teams with a young NYPD detective in a high-stakes investigation that leads from the dingy back alleys of New Orleans all the way to the power corridors of Washington, D.C. 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.” Please, please, please let Stallone attempt a Cajun accent. That alone would be worth the price of admission.
In all seriousness, this actually sounds like it could be a decent project. I’m a fan of Kramer (although I passed on Crossing Over), The Messenger was terrific, and if Stallone wants to play a New Orleans hitman, I can go with that. Hopefully, whoever plays the cop will have more chemistry with Stallone than Stallone had with Jason Statham in The Expendables. According to THR, shooting is set to begin in May in Louisiana and New York.