Sylvester Stallone Has a Death Wish, Plus Cliffhanger Sequel?
There are two action stars who are probably immortal. One is now the Governor of Caliornia and he doesn't like "economic girly-men" while the other is still very much an action star. His name is Sylvester Stallone. With his next venture The Expendables not too far off (set for release next August) and yet another sequel in the Rambo series on the horizon as well, Stallone isn't showing any signs of slowing down. He recently took the time to talk to Empire about the possibility of his involvement in a remake of the 1970's exploitation film Death Wish, potentially a sequel to Cliffhanger, and the status of the biopic about poet Edgar Allen Poe.
First on the possible remake of the Charles Bronson action-crime-drama Death Wish, Stallone said:
"I'm thinking about it. It's a classic morality tale, where you take a civilized man and take away everything that matters to him so he becomes primitive again. The story's been done many times, and when it's done well, it's an emotionally engaging film. The trouble with remakes is that people fall in love with the original. It's like peanut butter. If you try to change the taste of peanut butter, you're in trouble."
While I never would've thought I would ever hear the words Death Wish and "emotionally engaging film" in the same sentence, the thought of Stallone taking on this remake is definitely worth a double take. However, something that doesn't look to be a promising double take, at least not for Sly, is the Cliffhanger sequel first announced by StudioCanal back in May. Stallone says they're probably going to remake it, which doesn't sound exactly like a sequel to me. Doesn't sound like he'll be involved in that one, though.
Finally, Stallone offered some more info on the biopic on Edgar Allen Poe that he's interested in:
"Of course, I'm not playing Poe. 'Yo, Poe!' It won't work! It'll be some young actor because he dies at 39, but it's gonna happen… I keep telling my producer Avi Lerner, 'Make Edgar Allan Poe!' He says, 'Does he have a gun?' 'No, he doesn't have a gun', 'Can he throw a knife?' I say, 'No, he writes poetry!'"
Oh that is classic Avi Lerner! Imagine a Poe biographical picture with all the fun of the tongue-in-cheek action-packed trailer for Hamlet starring Arnold Scharzeneggar in the fictional world of The Last Action Hero. Quoth the raven, "Yo Adrian!" Classic. We'll keep you updated on all of these new Stallone projects.