Sly’s Unmade Epic

Remember when Sly was interested in getting a film adaptation of Franz Werfel’s The Forty Days of Musa Dagh going? Well, Yigal Schleifer at The Atlantic does and quotes Sly in his piece Armenia’s Doomed Quest to Recruit Steven Spielberg

  • For years Stallone’s wanted to create an epic, and the book that intrigues him is Franz Werfel’s “The Forty Days of Musa Dagh,” detailing the Turkish genocide of its Armenian community in 1915. (After futile attempts to turn the novel into a movie, filmmakers finally succeeded in 1982, but it was a low-profile production.)
  • French ships eventually rescued some Armenians, and Stallone has his favorite scene memorized: “The French ships come, and they’ve dropped the ladders and everybody has climbed up the side. The ships sail. The hero, the one who set up the rescue, has fallen asleep, exhausted, behind a rock on the slope above. The camera pulls back, and the ships and the sea are on one side, and there’s one lonely figure at the top of the mountain, and the Turks are coming up the mountain by the thousands on the far side.
  • “A pretty great shot.”
  • The movie would be “an epic about the complete destruction of a civilization,” Stallone said. Then he laughed at the ambition. “Talk about a political hot potato. The Turks have been killing that subject for 85 years.”


LotofSly Autograph: John Landis

That’s an autographed mini-poster for “Oscar” starring Sly Stallone. It’s autographed by John Landis, the director of, the very under-rated “Oscar” and so many other fan favorite films.

My pal, Alex surprised me with a package containing it and several other Stallone-related autographs that I’m going to post on the SZ over the coming weeks. Alex, as you’ve probably guessed is also known as LotofSly on the SZ message boards where he also serves as one of our moderators [and now has his own section Me &…]. Alex has met more celebrities than anyone else I know, and he somehow always manages to get photos with them. That’s in addition to being an all-around nice guy… and as nice as Alex is THAT has to be a full time job!

Rambo 5 Still a Possibility?

According to a report posted at Movie Hole on February 9, 2012, writer Sean B. Hood (“Conan the Barbarian”) sent out the following tweet:

  • Rambo 5 on hold as Sly finishes Expendables 2. He hasn’t decided if R5 will be an “Unforgiven” or a “passing of the torch.”


Could this mean that Sly would be open to another outing as Rambo if the script was right?  I could definitely get behind an “Unforgiven” slant on the character.
– Craig

Arnold Enters “The Tomb” with Sly

The big news this week is the confirmation that Arnold has come on board Sly’s next project, The Tomb

Collider: Arnold Schwarzenegger…

And about a bazillion other sites…

Mike Kunda is Looking for Rocky Fans

That’s StalloneZoner, Mike Kunda on the set of the a documentary based on Mike’s excellent [and highly recommended] memoir Cue the Rocky Music.  The photo was taken by photographer/reporter Rich Howells for his article “Living the Dream” which details the path that Mike and  director Jim Toscano have taken to get the documentary made.  

Mike is a long-time supporter and friend of the StalloneZoneFrank Stallone recently wrote…

  • Mike Kunda hands down is the greatest Rocky impersonator ever I saw . Has the smallest mannerisms down to a tee.

So, know you know more about Mike, how would you like the opportunity to appear along side him in the Rocky documentary?  If you’re a Rocky fan, here’s your chance!

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