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Stallone's next film loses its director, will Sly step in?

04.06.2011

Back in February it was announced that Sylvester Stallone would star in HEADSHOT, a cop drama for director Wayne Kramer. It was notable mainly because Stallone hasn't worked for a director other than himself since 2003's SHADE (which I'm not even sure anyone ever saw). Kramer had directed actors to Oscar nominations before (Alec Baldwin in THE COOLER) and the script was from an Oscar-nominee (Alessandro Camon, THE MESSENGER), all signs Stallone wasn't going to be turning in his usual action-heavy, shoot-em-up fare.

But now comes word that Kramer has left HEADSHOT after clashing with Stallone over the direction of the film. What exactly the conflict was remains to be seen but I'm guessing Stallone wanted this to be a Stallone movie, while Kramer wanted it to be a movie with Sylvester Stallone in it. It's kind of strange that Kramer brought Stallone aboard only to have the actor survive while the director gets kicked to the curb, but Stallone is the one who can get the financing for the project.

So now the question is whether Stallone will just step in and direct the film himself. As mentioned earlier, he hasn't worked with an outside director in almost 10 years and nobody knows what Stallone wants better than himself. The film is a story of two NYPD detectives who track a case from the streets to Washington, DC. It doesn't sound like typical Stallone, which is why I was excited to see him stretch his wings and work with a talented director. If it becomes just another Stallone movie, I'm not sure I'm all that interested anymore...

Source: Deadline

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11:42PM on 04/06/2011
This sucks! Kramer has some excellent and stylized movies under his belt, and Stallone's last was the utter shitfest, "The Expenables". Fuck this shit.
This sucks! Kramer has some excellent and stylized movies under his belt, and Stallone's last was the utter shitfest, "The Expenables". Fuck this shit.
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2:04AM on 04/07/2011
Poor baby.
Poor baby.
4:21PM on 04/06/2011
I don't really know anything about the director so I can't speculate, but I would like to see Stallone stretch himself. He has directed some pretty good films lately. If this turns out to be just another typical Stallone film I don't know if it will be as good as it could have been.
I don't really know anything about the director so I can't speculate, but I would like to see Stallone stretch himself. He has directed some pretty good films lately. If this turns out to be just another typical Stallone film I don't know if it will be as good as it could have been.
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4:00PM on 04/06/2011
NOOOOO!! I've been patiently waiting for Kramers next flick and now I'll be waiting even longer. In a perfect world i'd get a sequel to Running Scared...that would kick all sorts of ass.
NOOOOO!! I've been patiently waiting for Kramers next flick and now I'll be waiting even longer. In a perfect world i'd get a sequel to Running Scared...that would kick all sorts of ass.
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3:30PM on 04/06/2011
Stallone said awhile back thats he's more interested in making movies like Death Wish, or Dirty Harry that aren't just all out action showcases but more character driven movies. The Expendables was just his way of giving fans one last big action blowout. I have a feeling he'll have a less physically active role in the sequel, and let the younger guys handle most of the action. He already said he wont be Directing the sequel. Its a shame to see Kramer drop out of the project, I really would have
Stallone said awhile back thats he's more interested in making movies like Death Wish, or Dirty Harry that aren't just all out action showcases but more character driven movies. The Expendables was just his way of giving fans one last big action blowout. I have a feeling he'll have a less physically active role in the sequel, and let the younger guys handle most of the action. He already said he wont be Directing the sequel. Its a shame to see Kramer drop out of the project, I really would have liked to see what these two guys come up with, but I look forward to seeing whatever Stallone does next.
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11:38AM on 04/06/2011
Rocky 7: Pauly's Revenge!
Rocky 7: Pauly's Revenge!
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12:54PM on 04/06/2011
I thought my jokes were bad but you've given me hope. I bet you would like to see that made almost as bad as you want an Unbreakable sequel.
I thought my jokes were bad but you've given me hope. I bet you would like to see that made almost as bad as you want an Unbreakable sequel.
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10:46AM on 04/06/2011
this will make a decent rental one day
this will make a decent rental one day
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10:15AM on 04/06/2011
I'm interested. Remember that weird rumor that the in the next film, Rambo would take on some genetically engineered monster? I believe it was part cat or wolf. I want Sly in THAT movie but not as Rambo.
I'm interested. Remember that weird rumor that the in the next film, Rambo would take on some genetically engineered monster? I believe it was part cat or wolf. I want Sly in THAT movie but not as Rambo.
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9:51AM on 04/06/2011
I'm pretty sure Sly will direct. Just curious: did Stallone direct the movie called "Avenging Angelo" starring himself, Madeline Stowe and the late Anthony Quinn? I like that movie a lot.
I'm pretty sure Sly will direct. Just curious: did Stallone direct the movie called "Avenging Angelo" starring himself, Madeline Stowe and the late Anthony Quinn? I like that movie a lot.
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9:32AM on 04/06/2011
This sounds interesting. Sly's been on a helluva role since "Rocky Balboa."
This sounds interesting. Sly's been on a helluva role since "Rocky Balboa."
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