Sly a Great Choice to Direct…

Film School Rejects posted their choices for who should direct the movie adaptation of Halo.  Guess who is listed as their first choice?  Here’s what they had to say…

The Pitch: It’s really quite simple. Does Halo have guns? Is Halo a “Mature” rated video game? Is there the equivalent of military personnel? Well, then who better to helm what should be a considerably violent picture than the man who would arm his actors with tank cannons that produce Tom Savini-esque destructive results?

Truth be told this pick is based on my experience with the multi-player aspect of the first game, as that is the extent of my exposure with the Halo series. I never played through the single player mode and therefore cannot justify Sly’s selection on any kind of storytelling match. What I do know is that the game has blood, brutes and bullets, and no active director does the combination of the three with as much gratuitous enthusiasm as Stallone. Any writing issues you may have with Rambo or The Expendables are irrelevant as the Halo script has already been written by someone else. Sly would just need to come in and do what he does best, which is to paint the town red. – Adam Charles

For the full list click here.

Sly & DeNiro in a Grudge Match?

Earlier today Slashfilm reported on a rumor that Sly Stallone and Robert DeNiro may team up for “Grudge Match.” Sly and DeNiro would play…

… “retired boxers Billy “The Kid” McGuigan and Henry “Razor” Sharp, lifelong bitter rivals who are coaxed out of retirement and into the ring for one final grudge match — 50 years after their last title fight.”

Although fans would love to see Rocky take on The Raging Bull, I’m not sure now is the time for this type of movie.  Sly has Expendables II on deck and then hopefully something like Hunter or even Expendables III.  And let’s face it, according to the synopsis of Grudge Match, Sly and DeNiro were supposed to have fought 50 years ago in a title fight — so they’d have been what 14, 15 years old? Perhaps when Sly and DeNiro have aged a bit, Grudge Match would be right.

You can read the full report here.

Dream Cast: Sly as Batman

Since the day that Frank Miller’s Dark Knight Returns mini-series was published fans have been praying for a big screen adaptation.  A few years ago, Miller said that Sly would be his choice to play Batman should the film ever be made.

On July 25, 2010, posted their choices should Miller’s Dark Knight Returns ever make it to the silver screen.  I think their casting is excellent… especially Zack Snyder to direct, Christopher Lee as Alfred, Tim Curry as The Joker, Bruce Willis as Harvey Dent, Michael Ironside as Olver Queen and of course Sly as Bruce Wayne.  You can check out the full dream cast here.

Imagine Sly as Superman

On April 21, 2010, Ilya Salkind was interviewed by Tom MacLean for Newsarama,com about the Superman movies.  One of the areas discussed involved the casting of the man of steel. Here’s a taste of who Salkind said was considered:

More well-known actors considered for the part included Sylvester Stallone, who Salkind says was “a little bit difficult to imagine” in the role, as well as James Caan, Burt Reynolds and Robert Redford.

Others given consideration for the role included Salkind’s ex-wife’s dentist, Bruce Jenner, Jon Voight and even Neil Diamond!

It’s an interesting interview and you can read it in its entirety here.

Sly a Zombie?

Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick the writers behind the hit Zombieland recently said in an interview at Den of Geek that Sly was one of the actors approached about a cameo as zombiePatrick Swayze was the first actor that Reese and Wernick had in mind, but when it became known that Swayze was very ill, they went to plan two…

So, we officially put pen to paper and brainstormed and wrote about 10 to 15 drafts with different celebrity cameos in mind: Sylvester Stallone, Joe Pesci, Jean Claude Van Damme, Matthew McConaughey, Mark Hamill… and for one reason or another they all said no. One being schedule, another bring this idea of actors playing themselves in a movie that was hard to get over the hump on.

Perhaps Sly will make a cameo in Zombieland II which is now in the planning stages.  To read the full interview, click here.

Stallone in “The Green”?

STALLONE IS IN IT FOR ‘THE GREEN: Numenorean principals Cary Solomon and Chuck Konzelman have agreed to adapt Troon McAllister‘s award-winning novel The Green for a spring 2002 shoot starring Sylvester Stallone. Stallone plays Eddie Caminetti, a golf hustler who reluctantly gets dragged into the upper-crust world of playing for the American team in the Ryder Cup matches – golf’s most prestigious event. Stallone is committed and Samuel Jackson has expressed interest in playing the team’s coach. The project will be produced jointly with Crusader Entertainment and Paramount Pictures.

I’m sure that this would not be the film that many SZoners would have picked for Sly to do next. But this book has gotten rave reviews. Click on the picture to the left, if you would like to read them or even purchase it.

Thanks to Franck (from Paris, France)

– Craig Zablo (April 21, 2002)

“Smilin’ Jack Ruby” Looks at “Dolan’s Cadillac”

Smilin’ Jack Ruby [gotta love that name!] posted a very positive review of the script for “Dolan’s Cadillac” over at Jack had some very interesting things to say…

“I had the opportunity to read the script and not being ABKing [SZ regular Andrew! – Craig Zablo], I am skeptical of all things SLY STALLONE. Well, this role is tailor-made for him.”
“He’s the ultimate heavy, the kingpin of Las Vegas organized crime and the guy who runs the Mandarin Casino, which rises high over the strip.”

“I have read the script and it’s pretty interesting. You wouldn’t think it, but it actually combines some elements of “The Shawshank Redemption” into a revenge thriller, though this story never tries to get to that level. It’s a revenge pic, pure and simple.”

“If you read the short story, you’ll find out what this big revenge thing is. Needless to say, it is something incredibly cinematic that makes me really, REALLY want to see this movie.”

“KEVIN BACON as Tom is perfect casting…”

“I’m sure this will turn into a project with a lot of good actors as the parts are well written.”

“I have to hand it to SANDY TITLE and JONATHON PENNER, this is an adaptation I want to see…”

“It is well-cast, well-written… really keeps the tone of STEPHEN KING intact in the script.”
The underlined sections are parts that I highlighted for emphasis.


To read the complete review, click |HERE|. – Craig Zablo [February 18, 2001]

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