'Bullet to the Head' Delayed So Sylvester Stallone Can Recut the Film
by Ethan Anderton
March 5, 2012
Originally, the next big action flick from Sylvester Stallone was going to be Bullet to the Head from director Walter Hill with a slated release next month. However, the film was nixed from the Warner Bros. release schedule last week. Now we know why as Twitch learned over the weekend that Stallone is taking the time to recut the film himself with an eye towards putting the film in theaters around November instead. That doesn't bode well for faith in the action production, especially since if you're not happy with a cut from the director behind 48 Hrs. and Warriors, then how can you possibly be happy with anything? More below!
Stallone has always been quite a control freak with his projects though, and knowing that he's been as busy behind the camera for The Expendables franchise as he has in front of it, there's really not much surprising about this move. Keep in mind that Stallone took director Wayne Kramer off the project and replaced him with Hill after creative differences forced Stallone's powerful hand. Anyway, the film still sounds somewhat intriguing as it follows a New Orleans hitman (Stallone) and a NYC cop (Sung Kang), who team up to take down the men responsible for their partners’ murders, with the conspiracy leading all the way to Washington, D.C. and a cast that includes Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Christian Slater, Holt McCallany and Sarah Shahi and the new Conan the Barbarian, Jason Momoa, as the villain.
UPDATE: IGN has received word from Warner Bros. and the studio says:
"Contrary to recent inaccurate and unfounded reports that Sylvester Stallone had taken over the editing of Bullet to the Head, director Walter Hill continues his editing of the movie. Walter Hill said today, 'I'm currently finishing up and locking reels on the movie -- as to the content and style of the film, Sly and I are in perfect sync. I'm delighted with the way the film is turning out and hopefully so will the audience.'"
I would like to think that this isn't damage control, but you can't deny the fact that the film is still delayed, which doesn't always bode well for a production. I guess we'll have to see how the film turns out.