There’s a cool profile/mini-interview with Sylvester Stallone at Slate. It’s well worth a read. Sly talks about his acting process, Tulsa King, movies vs television and more. One question and answer stood out…
I know you’ve had an Edgar Allen Poe biopic that you’ve wanted to make for years, but are there any projects like that you’re still really hoping to make one day?
SLY: Yeah, there’s a couple there. There’s one I wanna do, it’s called Hunter, which I’d like to do as a streaming series. There’s another called Levon Cade. A lot of these are harkening back to when men were men [laughs] — when action films were basically men overcoming incredible odds, but terra firma and real, not something that’s CGI-driven. Almost like Rambo, Rocky, early Charles Bronson, Dirty Harry. That’s the kind of film I’m focusing on.
TULSA KING – Season 1 Midseason Trailer (2022) Paramount+ TULSA KING follows New York mafia capo Dwight “The General” Manfredi just after he is released from prison after 25 years and unceremoniously exiled by his boss to set up shop in Tulsa, Okla. Realizing that his mob family may not have his best interests in mind, Dwight slowly builds a “crew” from a group of unlikely characters, to help him establish a new criminal empire in a place that to him might as well be another planet. CAST: Sylvester Stallone, Martin Starr, Andrea Savage
Sly (Stallone) himself may be about to make another action movie with frequent purveyors of gunplay and heist flicks Randall Emmet and George Furla. According to a new Instagram pic posted by Emmet himself, the producer and his partner are currently scouting locations for an unnamed movie. Joining them is none other than Sylvester Stallone.
Sly has several films in development and is busier than ever. Here’s what’s in the works:
Hunter: Sly is set to star in the adaptation of James Byron Huggin’s best-selling novel of the same name. This is the film Stallone fans have been hoping for, since the novel’s release as it was written with Sly in mind. The film will be part of Sly’s Balboa Productions.
Samaritan: is set to star Stallone in the tale of a young boy who learns that a superhero who disappeared years ago may still be alive. MGM and Balboa Productions will team for this one.
Sylvester Stallone and Balboa Productions have also acquired the rights to…
The article does a good job of covering the film and is worth a read. Here are a couple of tidbits that stuck out to me…
The star planned to adapt the novel Hunter for Rambo V, which finds a legendary tracker being tasked by the government to track down a feral, man-made monster. Hunter leads a team of mercenaries after the creature, which seemingly cannot be killed. Since Hunter and Rambo are essentially the same character, Stallone felt the book would make a strong basis for a sequel.
When Stallone later pitched this version on Ain’t It Cool News, it was met with swift derision from fans, so he soon scrapped the concept; that said, it was recently confirmed he plans to adapt Hunter as a solo movie.
Although at first look, Rambo and Hunter are similar (and the adaptation would have been fairly easy), I was glad that the decision was made to scrap this idea. I’m even happier that Sly plans to adapt Hunter as a solo movie.
First Blood author David Morrell revealed in an interview that, around the time Stallone was working on Creed, he got in touch about working on a script that would mark a “soulful” final journey for John Rambo. The pair collaborated on this concept, which Morrell says would have contained action, but it was more about a man who had spent his life at war contemplating his past.
The author feels this undiscovered Rambo V concept could’ve garnered awards recognition, but when Stallone took it to producers, they rejected it and wanted to focus on the human trafficking story instead. It appears the star wasn’t happy with this, as Stallone later announced his retirement from both the Rambo and Expendables franchises.
Morrell is not only the creator of Rambo, but an outstanding, award-winning author. It would have been very interesting to see the direction he took Rambo. Morrell still owns the rights to publish any Rambo stories but has elected to tell other stories.
Long-time readers know Huggins best as the author of Hunter. Huggins wrote Hunter specifically for Sly Stallone (who bought the movie rights) in mind as the book’s hero. Stallone fans continue to hope that Sly will helm a movie version of Hunter under his Balboa Productions banner.
Huggins wasn’t a one-hit wonder. He also wrote The Reckoning, Cain, Leviathon, Rora, and other novels. (And I recommend each of them!) Huggins’ novels are a combination of thriller, action-adventure and horror. His skill at seamlessly combining the genres made Huggins an international best-selling novelist.