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Sylvester Stallone confirms that Walter Hill will be directing Headshot

04.12.2011

If you're a guy and you want your testicles to double in size, go back and watch the testosterone-laden films of the great Walter Hill (48 HRS., SOUTHERN COMFORT, THE WARRIORS, THE DRIVER).

And appropriately enough, the news today is that iconic tough guy Sylvester Stallone (THE EXPENDABLES, RAMBO) has officially locked down Hill as the director for the cop drama HEADSHOT. Here's Sly dishing the news to Harry Knowles at AICN:

"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."

As Harry points out, it's kind of mind-boggling to imagine that Stallone could've been in either 48 HRS. or THE DRIVER, two very awesome films of their era.

Back to HEADSHOT - the project just last week lost its original director Wayne Kramer (CROSSING OVER, THE COOLER) due to creative differences, which led many to wonder if Stallone would be getting in the director's chair himself. Would the film now become a Stallone vanity project? Shortly afterwards, however, Deadline revealed that Walter Hill was one of several directors that Stallone was considering for the gig:

"I completely respect Walter's incredible body of work and hopefully this legendary director will become attached to the project."

Sly got his wish and now it seems that the film, from Oscar-nominated writer Alessandro Camon (THE MESSENGER), may once again be a respectable dramatic vehicle for the actor, as well as a much-welcomed big screen return for Walter Hill.
Extra Tidbit: Hill was also involved with the ALIEN series as both a writer and a producer, and more recently with HBO's "Deadwood".

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1:48PM on 04/12/2011
We could have a classic on our hands!
We could have a classic on our hands!
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12:39PM on 04/12/2011

Perfect Choice

I've wanted these two to collaborate on something for quite a while. I'm glad to see it's actually happening. It should be great. It still depends a lot on who they cast to play opposite Stallone. If the chemistry is there and it works, it'll be successful.
I've wanted these two to collaborate on something for quite a while. I'm glad to see it's actually happening. It should be great. It still depends a lot on who they cast to play opposite Stallone. If the chemistry is there and it works, it'll be successful.
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2:55PM on 04/12/2011
Geez, the way you ripped Soloist, I thought you WERE Stallone.
Geez, the way you ripped Soloist, I thought you WERE Stallone.
12:21PM on 04/12/2011
Let us not forget The Long Riders...great film.
Let us not forget The Long Riders...great film.
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10:58AM on 04/12/2011
"Stalloooneee... Come out and plaayyay" :D
"Stalloooneee... Come out and plaayyay" :D
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8:58AM on 04/12/2011
Ohhhh, the possibilites! Could be epic, could be a big cluster . . . Walter Hill did right w/ Deadwood, but man was he slipping for a long time prior to that. Fingers crossed for the best . . .
Ohhhh, the possibilites! Could be epic, could be a big cluster . . . Walter Hill did right w/ Deadwood, but man was he slipping for a long time prior to that. Fingers crossed for the best . . .
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8:56AM on 04/12/2011
A match made in action heaven hopefully.
A match made in action heaven hopefully.
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8:20AM on 04/12/2011
No way, Stallone is working without his favorite director.

Look who decided to take a chance on someone again.
No way, Stallone is working without his favorite director.

Look who decided to take a chance on someone again.
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8:59AM on 04/12/2011
AMEN
AMEN
12:37PM on 04/12/2011
Your snide remarks are unimpressive. You see things in black and white. Perhaps Stallone has a difficult time finding directors who see eye to eye with him and who share his vision of whatever film may be in question. Did you ever think of that? Especially when it comes to films that he wrote himself. Seriously, get over it and stop whining.
Your snide remarks are unimpressive. You see things in black and white. Perhaps Stallone has a difficult time finding directors who see eye to eye with him and who share his vision of whatever film may be in question. Did you ever think of that? Especially when it comes to films that he wrote himself. Seriously, get over it and stop whining.
6:16AM on 04/12/2011
Okay, I'm excited again, BUT: Walter Hill, Stallone, co-writer of The Messenger - if this turns out PG-13, MOTHERFUCK everybody involved.
Okay, I'm excited again, BUT: Walter Hill, Stallone, co-writer of The Messenger - if this turns out PG-13, MOTHERFUCK everybody involved.
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