Relieved from his duties as California governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger is building his comeback to the big screen. Later this year he will have a much bigger role in Expendables 2 and will also star in The Last Stand. Hopefully he’s been pumping iron in the gym because he’s going to team up with Stallone again.
Summit Entertainment has just announced that Schwarzenegger (The Terminator) and Sylvester Stallone (Rocky) will star opposite of each other in The Tomb, an action-thriller directed by Mikael Håfström (The Rite, Shanghai). Stallone plays Ray Breslin, the world expert on structural security who has analyzed high security prisons from around the world and has a utility belt full of survival skills. He puts his knowledge and quick thinking to the test when he is framed, incarcerated and sent to a prison of his own design. Now he’ll try to escape from it with the inmates barreling down on him. Schwarzenegger will play Church, an “inmate with multiple shades of gray and fights for the prisoners’ rights so that they don’t lose their humanity in their darkest days.”
Stallone had come onto the long-developed project last fall and others have circled the Church role including Bruce Willis. Today it was confirmed that Sly had brought on his good friend, Arnie to take the key role and get this ball rolling, and Stallone has worked with most of the production team too as they’ve worked with him on Rambo and The Expendables. Mark Canton (300, Immortals) will likely spearhead the The Tomb along with Randall Emmett (Rambo), George Furla (Rambo), Robbie Brener (Machine Gun Preacher), and Kevin King-Templeton (The Expendables). The script is written by Miles Chapman, with a rewrite by Jason Keller. Shooting will begin in Louisiana this spring.
“I am thrilled to be making THE TOMB with two film icons – Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger,” said producer Mark Canton. “It is the perfect pairing for this high octane thriller. Robbie Brenner, Emmett/Furla, Kevin King-Templeton and I have been working long and hard with Summit to bring them together for this dynamic project.”
It sounds like a classic adrenaline kick from the playground and it should drive the men 35 and up, back into the theaters when it sees the light of day. The two icons are a dream score, even in the late stages of their careers and this sounds like a good old fashioned prison film. These films always seem to happen too late in actors careers and so many things prevented a film like this in their primes, but nevertheless, fans are going to be pumped to see this. I know that we’ll see them in The Expendables 2, but that cast is so big to really see either actor flex his muscles. To have both of them featured and opposite of one another is like living out those round table debates of ‘who was better’ everyone had as a child in the 80s. Seriously, how many times in the 1980’s and 1990’s did we wish Schwarzenegger and Stallone would star in a film together? How often have we compared each other’s careers and films? Well, I say it’s never too late to dip into nostalgia and see Sly and Arnie on the same screen squaring off. Who else is with me?