Walter Hill to Direct Stallone's 'Headshot' Instead of Wayne Kramer
Back in February we found out that director Wayne Kramer (The Cooler, Running Scared) would be at the helm of a new action flick called Headshot. However, Deadline says Kramer is now off the project and now Walter Hill, the director of such films as The Warriors and 48 Hrs, is in talks to replace him. The story has Stallone pairing with a young NYPD detective in a high-stakes investigation that leads from the dingy back alleys of New Orleans all the way to the power corridors of Washington, D.C. The unlikely duo is fueled by the death of each of their partners and are willing to sacrifice everything for revenge.
So why isn't Kramer on the project anymore? Stallone says, "Initially, Mr. Kramer was hired to direct a dark comedy; however his vision was much darker and exceptionally more violent than how the project was originally conceived. It was decided that it would be better for everyone to move on and consequently Mr. Kramer was dismissed by producers earlier this week. There were no volatile clashes, it was simply a professional parting of the ways." Honestly, I probably would've preferred the darker more violent version, but it probably wouldn't have been as easy to sell. This is show business after all and someone has to make money in Hollywood.
Honestly, Hill hasn't delivered anything of consequence in over a decade, so I'm a little uncertain of his hiring at this point. Don't get my wrong his filmography speaks for itself, but this change doesn't seem to bode well for the production. Either way, Stallone is excited about working with Hill on Headshot and says, "I completely respect Walter's incredible body of work and hopefully this legendary director will become attached to the project." Now if we could only find out who else will star in the movie with Stallone. Thoughts?
Reader Feedback - 4 Comments
Would be great if Sly could get a David Fincher or Robert Rodriguez-type to helm this project. I'm not knocking Hill, but someone who's relevant in today's movie landscape would be nice. Surprised to hear Sly is going for a "dark comedy" with this film.
Pat on Apr 6, 2011
I heard Kramer walked first when Stallone lost his nut on him because he hates to be challenged on anything and Kramer thought Stallone had cheesed up the script. Betcha anything Hills walks within a week or two and Stallone directs this turd himself.
Zejke on Apr 6, 2011
boots on Apr 8, 2011
i read the original script which was smart and funny. sounds like kramer tried to do a sub-tarantino auteur job on it and made it too dark and humorless. have you seen running scared and crossing over? pretentious if you ask me.
boots on Apr 8, 2011
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