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ROCKY BALBOA - Round #19 - Stallone charges out of the corner, knowing that there's just one more round to stay on his feet!

Hey folks - Harry here... I have to say, this back and forth has been exhausting. I've accumulated over 150,000 questions from literally all over the world, all walks of life. I don't know if any of you have an idea what it's like to read letters that are so passionate about their personal hero - but for me, it's been a bit overwhelming. So much so, that last night when I sent the questions - I double posted one of the questions. Fear not though - Sly gave this set one helluva set of answers - and his Bill Clinton story kinda rocks - and oh yeah... Stallone has a question... FOR YOU ALL TO ANSWER IN THIS TALK BACK. The two way street of the Internet has never been cooler - let's hop into it...

1. Sly, I recall shortly after the success of "Lords of Flatbush" there was a television series based on the movie. I actually remember watching the pilot and somebody else played Stanley Rosiello. Were you asked to be in the show? Or were you already on to bigger and better things? Mark
Well, at that time I don’t think I had even done ROCKY and I would’ve loved to have been on the show, but think they were going for younger cast, I believe… I’m a little vague on the facts. What I do know is I have fond memories of THE LORDS OF FLATBUSH, because it was the first time I was able to write dialogue for my character, and that was so thrilling, because I’d never heard words from the page come alive. The director - actually there were two directors, Stephen Verona and Marty Davidson, who are presently trying to revitalize the project as a rock ‘n’ roll revival musical. I wish them luck. Broadway is a nasty opponent. P.S. I just have to drop in that we had our Philadelphia premiere last night and - I don’t know how to quite put this into words - but it was truly emotional for me, as thousands of loyal fans lined the streets outside the theater. I felt so vindicated because I was bringing home a character and finally laying him to rest in the town that loves him so dearly. I wish all of you could’ve seen it. Occurrences like this are so rare, and to finally give this character a triumphant good-bye was the crowning moment of my professional life. Then this morning I awoke to see something ironic. There’s a lesson in all this for everyone. I knew that suggesting another ROCKY be made, that the laughter was perhaps warranted. In the New York Post, an incredibly popular newspaper, they had previously called it “Olden Gloves” and “Stallone’s Final Failure.” And just this morning I awoke to see, on the cover of the New York Post, a huge color photo of Rocky with the bold headline saying “Knockout!” How great is that? So don’t any of you think your dreams are foolish.
2. Dear Mr Stallone, I have a question regarding Rocky V for you that I´ve been trying to ask for a long long time. As we all know by now Rocky originally would have died in the fifth movie. So my question is: How was the first storyline for the movie? Was it originally planed that he fights Tommy Gunn in the ring, wins and dies after that? Did you create an emotional end? So all in all please tell us a little bit about how the fifth movie originally was planed. Thanks a lot! Sascha David Germany
No, Rocky was never supposed to fight Tommy Gunn in the ring. What was supposed to happen was a massive street fight that was picked up by a local TV camera, then beamed onto local televisions where other affiliates picked it up and it became viewed by the entire population of the city, culminating with Rocky’s victory, but ultimately his death in the arms of Adrian. It was not a very good idea, but sometimes bad ideas lead to good ideas, such as getting one more opportunity to do Rocky right. I could not have written ROCKY BALBOA back in 1990; I just wasn’t mature enough. So again, great gain rises from great pain.
3. Hey Sly, I just read that you're really going to miss writing Rocky, and that you really regretted having not written the novels back in the day. I suppose my question from there would be that if you're really going to miss writing him, then why not just keep writing him? It seems like you're a great appreciator of art, and being that the comic industry is rising to a more adult market with more diverse art styles everyday, why not take that love of writing & art and pitch to a comic company like IDW? Personally I'd love to see a Rocky graphic novel about all different points in his life to flesh him out even more so than you already have. With all the attention the industry has been getting from different celebrities making their own books (Stephen King,Richard Branson & Deepak Chopra of Virgin, Rosario Dawson, Brad Meltzer, etc) I can see a Sly penned Rocky book out there without a doubt. Just a thought, and I'm chomping at the bit to see Rocky Balboa on Wednesday out here! Best of luck, and thanks for your time, Zak Kinsella
Actually, what you have is a very good idea. Maybe it would be welcomed, but I have to say I’ve been given a grand blessing by being able to give Rocky a worthy send-off, and I feel that he should remain in people’s hearts the way he was last used in ROCKY BALBOA, and maintain a dignified remembrance of the character… so I’d be nervous about reactivating him in any other incarnation, but thanks for the thought.
4. Hi Sly, Been a huge fan since I was a kid in the 80’s, can’t wait to see the new Rocky film. I would love to hear your views on this question! When you sit back and watch a movie do you perceive a film as the audience would? I mean do you watch a movie and look at the acting, the effects or story line? Or just sit back and enjoy as someone not in the film industry would? Knowing what it takes to make a movie it must be hard to just switch off and believe as such! Regards, Alex Mackenzie Ayr Scotland
When the movie is truthful and you know you’ve done the best you could, like in the first one, maybe the third one, and certainly the last one. I can sit back and enjoy the emotional journey. Now, when a scene fails to activate any truth buttons in one’s brain the process of watching a film is incredibly uncomfortable, because it’s a lifelong reminder of your inability to capture the moment and deliver to the audience what they deserve. Overall, most performers watch their past performances with a tinge of pain. It’s like being sentenced to walk around for the rest of your life with a small amount of gravel in one shoe. Now, when I watch other performers’ work, for the first fifteen minutes I’m extremely focused on the mechanics. It’s like pulling back the curtain on the Wizard of Oz - just knowing how the damn machine works - and it spoils the magic. That being said, when the movie starts to build up a head of steam, and it’s firing on all cylinders, I’m swept away like each and every one of you.
5. Hello Harry! I hope it isn’t too late for one more question for great Mr. Stallone: Hello Sly! First, thank you for those Q&A sessions @ aintitcool, they really bring You even closer to the fans and show what a great person You are – I wish that more legendary stars would do that kind of things. Since this topic haven’t been discussed yet, I would like to ask a question about (in my opinion) highly underrated film “Assassins” – having worked with such legendary action movie icons as director Richard Donner, producers Joel Silver and Lauren Shuler Donner, writers Larry and Andy Wachowski of “The Matrix” fame, even Your co-star Antonio Banderas had his action-hour with “Desperado” and “Zorro” series, what was it like being surrounded by those people? Was there great camradery on the set, or was it a troubled production? Maybe You can share some story or anecdote from the set? Also, how do You think, why, with all the talent involved, wasn’t the movie succesful at the box office? With best regards and lookin’ to see Rocky Balboa here in theatres – Sergei Timonin, Latvia
First of all, I’m going to encourage friends like Bruce Willis and Mickey Rourke and whoever else you all would like to have these talkbacks with, and let them know it’s been such a fantastic experience for me to get out of my shell and feel your pulse. It’s very important for these men to do this to get out of their own shadow. Now, as for ASSASSINS, I really enjoyed the camaraderie. At that time, Julianne Moore was an up-and-comer and she is incredibly well-read. I used to tease her about being the sexiest nerd west of the Mississippi and she agreed. She’s an ex-Army brat who lived all over the country and would lose herself in hundreds of books. So let it be known, she’s brilliant and also has the best calves in the business, quite remarkable. Antonio was great, while being very charming and still struggling with the language. He managed to create a different kind of opponent. A lot of the reviews criticized the pairing, but he was coming from a European point of view, and I thought it gave a new twist on an old subject; for example, young guns vs. old guns. Originally, I wanted Nick Cage to play the part, but something in the upper echelon of the producing world went awry. I also thought Kevin Bacon would be great… but Antonio was excellent, and let it be known, in that last scene between he and I, he was brutalized with all the effects and dust and falls he had to take. But I must tell you; the original script was much better, much tougher and thrilling. For example, my character, after his first kill, comes back from the swamp, cruises downtown and picks up a prostitute. Taking her back to his apartment, he sits down on the opposite side of the room and just wants her to talk. She says, “About what?” “Just about your life,” he says. He was only interested in trying to share some human emotion that would include him in the human race, because he’s felt so isolated and alone that even a prostitute’s life would be more interesting than his own. I also felt there were too many thinly disguised, politically correct messages in the movie, like: “Save the Fur,” “Save the Whales,” “Pro-life.” How about “Save the Actors,” now there’s a campaign I could get behind.
6. Hey Rock! Why, do You think, all good sports movies are about boxing? Rocky series, Raging Bull, Cinderella Man, Ali, The Hurricane, even a women boxing - Million Dollar Baby and boxing is one storyline in QTs Pulp Fiction. Why boxing is so popular in movies? Thanks for doing this! Hau Estonia
I believe boxing is a very, very lonely journey taken by an individual and not a team. There’s no rallying by the cheerleaders, there are no bond-fires before a game, there’s no parading around of the Homecoming Queen. If anything, it’s a descent into self-introspection, and herein lies the connection - we are all fighters. We are underdogs forever. Nobody beats life. So the metaphor of the ring is subliminally connected to the struggles that each and every one of you face every day. We all know what it’s like to want to strike out in anger, and we all know what it’s like to be delivered a low blow.
7 & 8. Hello Mr. Stallone. Can you tell us which U.S. Presidents you have been privileged to meet? Do you have any interesting stories or personal recollections you can share regarding any of these gentlemen? Thanks. I can't wait for Rocky Balboa! David in Washington
I was filming F.I.S.T in ’77 when Jimmy Carter had a letter sent over to the location, which happened to be in Washington. So I went over to the White House for lunch, and what I found ironic was that the President called Rocky… and even though he was in the middle of a terrible Panama Canal crisis, still chose to hang out for a half hour. After that there was Ronald Reagan, who was a fantastic guy. I went down into the basement and watched a screening of ESCAPE TO VICTORY with him. The theater was pretty dismal considering it was in the White House, and here I was with the most powerful man in the world, sitting with our feet up on folding chairs, sharing a colossal bowl of popcorn. I met him again several years later, and I have to admit, the light in his eyes had dimmed. The pressure of the job had certainly taken a toll. Then, I met Bush Sr. and his wife, Barbara, who are really great people. I mean, just stand-up American stock. Politics aside, Republican, Democrat, who cares? I’m just saying they were the kind of people I’d imagine 300 years ago developing a land and representing good old American values. Then, I spent quite a lot of time with Bill Clinton, who is the Pied Piper. This man has brains and the gift of gab the like of which I’ll never see. I remember golfing with him once. I have the terrible habit of swinging a golf club behind the individual who’s ready to tee off. It’s a really horrible habit. Imagine someone snapping a bullwhip behind your head as you’re trying to hit a golf ball. Finally, he turned around and said, “If you don’t knock that crap off I’ll have you audited!” I thought that was pretty funny. As for the current President, I was supposed to meet him but was at a fundraiser for my good friend, Governor Schwarzenegger.
9. Hey Sly, love your work! I'm an avid professional boxing fan. I recently watched Rocky 3, probably for the first time since it was on cable in the 80's. Viewing it now as a fan of real boxing, I was shocked (and I don't say this disrespectfully) about how unrealistic the fighting was. In a real match, any single head shot either of the characters landed would have lead to a out-on-your-feet knock-out. I realize there's "real" action and then there's "Hollywood" action, but my question to you is as a boxing fan yourself where do you draw the line? How over-the-top is too over-the-top? And how has you approach to realism changed for Rocky Balboa compared to your earlier films in the franchise? -- Bill Cable
I couldn’t agree with you more. I look at the boxing in most of the other ROCKYs and agree. The majority of the punches are over the top, BUT it’s more of a dramatization, such as the way wrestling in the WWE is compared to college wrestling. We both know one is real and quite often pretty stagnant, whereas the other is composed to create a dramatic effect and certainly not border on even the outer fringes. That being said, I’ve learned my lesson in ROCKY BALBOA, and the majority of the fight is as realistic as I can make it because the punches are real for the most part. But there are also moments of heightened action, which are also necessary to keep the story’s thrust alive.
10. Dear Sly, I'm going to hit you with a tough question but you have been very honest so far, so I think you will answer this honestly. Having grown up and been a fan of the golden age of action movies "The 80's", why do you believe that true action fans never got to see their ultimate dream action movie with all the biggest action stars in their prime? I'm talking about why we never saw a great action movie staring Stallone, Ford, Schwarzenegger, Willis, Van Damme, Seagal, etc? Please do not say because of not finding the right material, because you know as well as I do, true action fans would have paid good money to see you guys running around the streets of Kalamazoo shooting up Soviet Mutant Ladybugs. I believe the answer is because of "EGOS", if I am wrong than please correct me. Also know it's not too late for you guys to come together and remake the classic Yul Brynner "Westworld", or if you want to hear more about my "Commies in Kalamazoo" than just call me. I will be part of the $27 million dollar opening weekend box office. All the Best! Craig Farkas Beulah, MI
Thank you. My answer is simple. Ego, ego, ego, ego, ego EGO! When you get an army of generals and no privates, what do you think is gonna happen? Absolutely nothing. At the time, and maybe for a long time, we were all competing against one another - even though no one will admit that, it’s true. That’s why Arnold and I had a running gag for years… and there’s no doubt that he wanted to win in the marketplace, like I did or Bruce or Harrison Ford. As for Van Damme and Seagal, I really can’t put them and these men in the same bracket, so the chances of working together were pretty remote. Van Damme, Seagal and Norris were more designated to performing films that were simply athletic, so all plots had to lead to them beating the crap out of their opponents with their martial arts skills, whereas other action stars were more varied on how to deal with the villain. But I remember once, at my home in Miami, I believe it was in ’96 or’97, Van Damme was there with Seagal, Willis, Schwarzenegger, Shaquille O’Neal, Don Johnson and Madonna… it was a heck of a party. Van Damme was tired of Seagal saying he could kick his ass and went right up to him and offered him the chance to step outside so he could wipe the floor with him, or should I say wipe the backyard with him. Seagal made some excuse and left. His destination was some Ocean Drive nightclub in Miami. Van Damme, who was completely berserk, tracked him down and again offered him a fight, and again Seagal pulled a Houdini. Who would win? I have to say I believe Van Damme was just too strong and Seagal wanted no part of it. That’s just my opinion. P.S. I really enjoyed doing this Q&A and I plan on doing it again. First, I’d like to get your feedback on the idea of remaking DEATHWISH with a slightly different slant. Instead of the Charles Bronson character being an architect; my version would have him as a very good cop who had incredible success without ever using his gun. So when the attack on his family happens, he’s really thrown into a moral dilemma in proceeding to carry out his revenge. Tomorrow ROCKY BALBOA opens, and if there’s one favor I can ask all of you it is to please throw your weight behind the film. I would truly appreciate it. I’ve learned a lot from you and you certainly have understood what makes me tick, and I hope to be friends with you in the future. I mean that. I believe these conversations have been incredibly important for bringing me up to speed with the minds of the cinema experts. I’d love to have your support and shock the world with this incredible moment that I thought would never happen. At the risk of sounding incredibly corny, I would consider your support to be, on this weekend, the greatest Christmas present I could ever have hoped for. Thank you and I look forward to our final Q&A tomorrow.

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  • Dec. 19, 2006, 8:09 p.m. CST

    Thanks again Mr. Stallone! My dad says hi.

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    Before you leave here, I told my dad about this thing, and he says hi. :) I thought he'd have some detailed question about some random movie of your from years ago, but he just wanted to say hi, that you and him are almost exactly the same age, and to take care of yourself physically. :)

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 8:10 p.m. CST

    Sly Rules!!!!!!!!

    by kurdt420

    Thats all that needs to be said

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 8:14 p.m. CST

    I've never seen Deathwish

    by DirkD13"

    So i've no preconceptions, but the idea of a moral dilemma in how to carry out revenge is golden if properly explored. I mean if this guy just gets a gun and starts blasting his way to the perceived solutions to his emotional distress it would just be another generic revenge thriller. Sly I suggest watching King Of The Ants directed by Stuart Gordon for extra inspiration.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 8:15 p.m. CST

    What different Rocky 6 plot would you have gone with ?

    by TJ50

    I can't comment on the final Rocky film (as it doesn't open in my country until January, but going by most US film critic reviews, I'm definitely seeing it). For both Stallone and Rocky fans, irrespective of whether you greatly love, or are a bit disapointed with Rocky Balboa (when you see it), what ideal (or more preferred) Rocky 6 film plot would you like to have seen and please say why.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 8:13 p.m. CST

    Simply the best - MR. SLY STALLONE

    by Johnny Kovac

    What you have my friends is an introduction to the classiest man in show business - You will never saw his greatness and grace again in this industry - i'm glad to call him ...Mr. Stallone

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 8:18 p.m. CST

    My respect for this guy grows and grows.

    by Dick Nicely

    Good to see the Scots represented in these questions, too. The Rocky series is very popular there, probably because we're a nation of underdogs. But Sly, why tackle another remake? Especially a Charles Bronson one. If the story's good enough, just make an original film with an original title. Don't make me bring up Get Carter.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 8:18 p.m. CST

    Death Wish Remake

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    According to my dad, the original Death Wish was about a lack of physicality. If you notice, Bronson hardly ever gets physical with anyone....he just stands there motionless with a gun lol. His character is an architect, in other words, an artist. He draws pictures and plans, he doesn't fight. He doesn't know kung fu or anything like that. He's about THINKING and strategy. That's where the architect profession fits in. Bronson doesn't get physical, hand-to-hand, unless he is absolutely forced to. He just stands there with a gun...and THATS IT. So um, that's what my dad says.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 8:17 p.m. CST

    Just preordered my ticket

    by Bob of the Shire

    Wasn't going to see this at all, but I'm going opening day after this Q&A. Awesome stuff and it works wonders as a promotional tool.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 8:19 p.m. CST

    And Assassins is a classy thriller

    by DirkD13"

    That deserves a better rep. It would probably fare better now than it did in the glossier mid-90's. It's surprisingly sombre movie and touching in it's quieter scenes.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 8:21 p.m. CST

    Well....GOODBYE MR.STALLONE.....Thanks for all of this!

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    Since this is probably the last Talkback Mr. Stallone will read, I will summarize here my foolish comments and suggestions that I have said the last nineteen days :)....1.)You rule and are mine and my dad's favorite action star. 2.) Get Chow Yun Fat to be the bad guy in Rambo IV. 3.) I can't believe that "I can't win" sequence in Rocky was just one take and improv. 4.) Get G&R to do a Rambo IV soundtrack. 5.) How about a new Rambo videogame? 6.) AK-47 is a fool. 7.) I actually like Eye See You a lot! and 8) can i be in Rambo IV? :P But silliness aside, like the others, I am thankful for you doing this Q&A. It's funny that I spent December here at this computer working on a neverending paper for grad school due December 20, and exactly at that time you're here "with me" doing this thing for your fans. It's like it was meant to be that way. Thanks again and hope to see you again.<BR> P.S. You need to advertise your Rocky Balboa Myspace page better, it was kind of hard to find. :P

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 8:20 p.m. CST

    Remaking Deathwish would be easier than

    by slder78

    back then. I remember that it was ravaged by critics b/c of its premise, but with "A History of Violence", "Sin City", not to mention some of the flicks from Hong Kong like "Infernal Affairs" or "Hard Boiled". As long as there's a good narrative then I'd watch, but if it's just mindless revenge killing then I'd have to wait for cable. Good luck though, I think after "Rocky Balboa", you'll have enough cache to get a greenlight on whatever you want to do. My prediction on Box Office $30 million for the weekend plus Wed - Thurs, but Night at the Museum will take Sat-Sun,not b/c it's better than Rocky, just kids movies usually do better - see Casino Royale vs. Happy Feet.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 8:23 p.m. CST

    In Your Corner

    by The Krypton Kid

    You count on me and my family being in your corner tomorrow and Friday night, Mr. Stallone. And I will see it a couple of more times after that. Probably five times in all. Oh, and not to sound corny, but my Rocky T Shirt will be worn. I look forward to being knocked out by your final homage to the Italian Stallion.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 8:23 p.m. CST

    Someone might actually read this . . .

    by i eat fish

    I've never been this early in a talkback, so this is really cool for me. This Q & A is easily the coolest thing an actor has ever done in the internet age. Watch a lot of actors doing this on a regular basis, thanks to Sly, who was written off by many a short time ago. If AB King were to die tomorrow (after the final round of course), I'm sure he'd be alright. Way to go Sly!!!

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 8:22 p.m. CST

    Avoid remakes!

    by theBigE

    My advice - since I'm such a skilled, knowledgable movie person - is to avoid remakes! You'll draw unfair comparisons to the original no matter what fresh spin you put on it. But I understand if they need to name value to just get it made. Sounds like it could work. Good Luck, Mr. Stallone!

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 8:22 p.m. CST

    never fear, mr. stallone.

    by occula

    i think i can safely say that all of us who have been avidly reading these TBs will be there to make rocky happen. we all look forward to a future here at AICN where you do more of these, and thanks for sending the rallying cry to your buds to get out there and do the same...the inter-nets, it's a powerful tool. ps: once JCVD came into the PR office where i was working (he was a client) for a photo shoot. he was in the back room going through wardrobe and the rumor got around he was back there, naked. so everyone crowded up to the door and peeked in. yes, he was naked. he knew all us girls were out there shoving each other out of the way to check out his ass so he pulled 2 chairs over and did that splits-on-the-chairbacks stunt for us, dick hanging down and everything, i shit you not.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 8:26 p.m. CST

    STALLONE'S DEATH WISH

    by kidkosmic

    Sounds good. I'm there as with BALBOA....

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 8:25 p.m. CST

    Rocky Balboa released tomorrow.

    by C Legion

    Good luck Mr. Stallone, I hope it's a smash. Just a shame I have to wait till Jan 19 to watch it.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 8:27 p.m. CST

    Bronson = hallowed, hallowed ground

    by where_are_quints_hobbit_set_reports

    Sly, you are at this point (after the 190 questions) the only actor I would trust to re-make or re-adapt a Bronson role, and that is HIGH PRAISE INDEED. For me, Bronson is the be-all and end-all. For all the nonsense written about DEATH WISH, its reputation, and the regrettable sequels (except part III) that followed it, it is a powerful, timeless plot... and I believe that Sly as an actor has the humanity and pathos to do justice to both the grieving and then the transformation into a vigilante. <p> Although some elements of the film are obviously not what they could be-- Goldblum & the "punks" who rape & murder Kersey's family are retardedly corny, and then the fact his daughter goes into a coma from being raped... as if there can be no life for a "good girl" after surviving sexual assault?!?-- the movie itself is a brilliant meditation on the nature of revenge, what anger and grief do to an individual, with Kersey and his pacifistic son-in-law being the two contrasting extremes. <p> It's not like Death Wish is a perfect movie; it's only a very, very good movie... I'm going to advise you to GO FOR IT, Mr. Stallone. Roles of this emotional complexity are exactly what you should be doing... leave the computer-animated attention-deficit-disorder alien-monster blow-'em-ups for the lesser actors.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 8:30 p.m. CST

    Cryin' out loud

    by ewokstew

    I use to like Sly pretty well now I friggin' adore the man! Sly, you had me at "hello". My wife and I both will be there tomorrow for opening day, I told her she had no choice but to go. As far as Deathwish goes, funny, that's the first movie I ever saw at the theatre (a drive in theatre..I was a kid and was suppose to be watching some disney movie but watched this with pops instead) I think I like the idea of him beng a cop with a dilemna like that. Awesome. I'll be there opening day for that as well when it happens. Best wishes!

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 8:29 p.m. CST

    Good luck revisiting Rambo.

    by yaz67

    After the nice work on Rocky Balboa, I really looking forward to seeing your new take on Rambo. All the best.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 8:29 p.m. CST

    Thanks for noticing that the audience is still here.

    by Jaka

    I really mean that and I was hoping you would. The knowledgable film-loving fan still exists, we've just been crapped on by the studios so many times that we're starting to fight back. Which is to say, NOT go to the theater to get crapped on again. But it's been proven that when somebody actually pays attention and gives an audience something they really want, preferably in an intelligent way, we WILL show up. Glad to have you back Sly!:) And my nephew, who I believe has never seen a movie, listed Rocky Balboa as the movie he'd like to see on Christmas. After the vote was taken, it won, almost unanimously. Eleven of us will be going to see Rocky Balboa at 3:10 PM on Christmas day. Nana naaa, nananana naaaa, nana naaaaa :)

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 8:33 p.m. CST

    Mr. Stallone, my daughter and I have your back.

    by super Cucaracha

    We will be at the movies watching your baby, munching on popcorn and rooting for Rocky.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 8:31 p.m. CST

    I'd love to support you this weekend Sly,

    by DirkD13"

    but unfortunately in the UK we have to wait untill February!! The only solace in return is getting Hot Fuzz first.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 8:33 p.m. CST

    Paul Kersey is the total & utter opposite of John Rambo

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    Rambo (especially in the sequels) was all about physicality, muscles, and weaponry. Paul Kersey (from Death Wish) is essentially a skinny old man with a gun. John Rambo is about military training and survival. Kersey stands around an office looking at drawings and taking measurements. They are completely at OPPOSITE ends of the spectrum. For Kersey to be played ANYTHING like Rambo would be betraying the Kersey character. With that said, a DW remake is a GREAT idea in my opinion. Show a new generation this style of quiet, thinking, coolness.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 8:32 p.m. CST

    DEATHWISH

    by fannyboots

    Not sure what to say, Sly. The original, though held dear by a great deal of people, wasn't that great. Still, the Ocean's 11 remake was better than the original, so anything's possible. Plus, I like the moral dilemma your character would face - an interesting twist on the original. I'm also not sure what the reaction would be if the film was announced... again, with it being a remake. Some will surely roll their eyes, though some, like me, would be there opening weekend. Personally, I'd love to see you pull another 'Copland'. Your performance in that was wonderful; Gentle, nuanced, perfectly pitched. You're a legend, Sylvester. I can't fucking wait for Rocky Balboa to open here in the UK. I'll be there opening weekend. I've babbled .... apologies for that!

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 8:35 p.m. CST

    and wearing my Rocky t-shirt of course!

    by super Cucaracha

    HELL YESSSSSS!

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 8:34 p.m. CST

    Knowledgeable, yes.

    by Jaka

    Good spellers, not so much. Woot! lol

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 8:36 p.m. CST

    Domestic BO predictions..

    by DirkD13"

    I'm saying $80 million, any other takers???

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 8:37 p.m. CST

    Plus

    by where_are_quints_hobbit_set_reports

    the protagonist being a cop will make the Police hunt for the vigilante, which was a weaker aspect of the original, much more exciting. I agree that Kersey is not (in Death Wish I) a physical grappler or anything like that... it is his defiance of the fearful social norms, his psychological refusal to be victimized & his obsession with dealing death that make him a "hero," it's not because he bench-presses villians through brick walls. <p> 2 things I love about Death Wish are that the original baddies are never seen again... great realism, 'cause what are the odds that you would run across the perps in a city New York's size? Zero. I also love that when Kersey begins his vigilantism, he becomes empowered and happy in his daily life, as if the nightly hunt somehow fills the void left by his family's suffering. It suggests he is not a 100% healthy individual, however much we might approve of his killing would-be muggers... dark and interesting stuff!

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 8:39 p.m. CST

    My problem isn't with the movie Death Wish

    by Dick Nicely

    But with putting out another remake when it's original enough to be a separate entity. Remakes can be good (Heat, Solaris) or bad (Psycho, Wicker Park) but there's no reason to cash in on an existing title when your idea is different enough to be a movie in its own right. I'd be interested in a Stallone movie like Death Wish, just more so if it wasn't called Death Wish.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 8:39 p.m. CST

    You are the man! Once again!

    by SK909

    I'm gonna be there tomorrow with as many people as I can get to go. Thanks so much for doing this, and you really are truly appreciated by everyone here. At the risk of sounding corny, we all love ya Sly. I wish you and the movie tons of success.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 8:38 p.m. CST

    Death Wish...

    by Judge Dredds Dirty Undies

    Ive not seen the orginal but I think it was directed by Michael Winner so I'm sure its not a classic that should never be touched again. I think the revenge thing should be handled in a brutal way, show the consequences an example is irreversible another film that comes to mind is the original vanishing though its not really a revenge film it has interesting parallels. I'd really like to see Sly do something really challenging and dangerous. I have to say if you're reading this Sly you and Arnold have long been my greatest heroes along with Jerry Goldsmith. Demolition Man and Cliffhanger brightened may a bleak day in my teenage years. If you can, please get governor Schwarzenegger to do one of these Q/As, I can only hope he would live up to expectations as much as you have. Cheers!

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 8:42 p.m. CST

    Some feedback on Sly's Death Wish remake

    by Lago

    Hey Sly, first, thanks so much for making yourself so available to your fans, it's a dream come true for a lot of us. Regarding your thoughts on a Death Wish remake, honestly, the idea of making the vigilante a cop - even a clean cop - is too cliche. Part of what made the original great was that it was so out of character for Bronson as an everyday guy. Talking about Bronson remakes - how about "The Mechanic"? Such a cool story and one of the best endings of an action film that I've ever seen. Another great remake idea (non-Bronson this time) would be "The Dirty Dozen". If done right, it could be classic, perhaps centered around the war in Iraq. Just my two cents. Thanks again Sly!

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 8:42 p.m. CST

    80 million is...

    by ewokstew

    A very distinct probability as the majority of feedback by those who have seen it is pretty darn positive. I just wish to heck there was a soundtrack available.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 8:42 p.m. CST

    The last question is very funny.

    by Cotton McKnight

    I'm glad Harry picked that one because I loved the setup- "I'm going to ask you a tough question and I trust you'll be honest". I was like "oh geez this guy is really gonna start spouting off and make Stallone mad". But it was a great question and it got one of the best answers so far. Really good job, Craig Farkas.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 8:40 p.m. CST

    Box Office

    by theBigE

    My heart and mind tell me 2 things. I first thought $50-60 million, but now I'm leaning toward Dirk's prediction of $80mill. It would be cool to see it top $100 mill in the US!

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 8:43 p.m. CST

    DEATH WISH, etc.

    by ErnieAnderson

    The conflict you're speaking of, the nonviolent man who's driven to violence, would definitely work if done right.<p> However, why does the character have to be a cop? Just about anyone can be pushed too far. I thought that was why the character in the original was an architect. He was some schlub you didn't expect to go billy nuts and start capping gang members.<p> If the violence was so shocking to the cop, wouldn't the violence of his vengeance be just as shocking? This could lead to some interesting psychological developments in the character, including a real desire to pay for his own crimes (a true Death Wish).<p> Thanks so much for an entertaining and informative Q&A. (Though, I'd bet you have a few hundred stories you haven't even hinted at yet.)<p> Once again...thanks.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 8:41 p.m. CST

    Best Sly moment ever...

    by Leadley

    I'm a huge fan from the 80's. Saw Rambo II opening night. Went directly over to my buddy's house and stormed an abandoned silo with him. My favorite Sly moment? From Over the Top: "My hat is like a switch. I turn it around and, you know, it's like, uh, I'm like this truck." Well done sir!

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 8:42 p.m. CST

    In regards to a Death Wish re-make...

    by Leadley

    ...serve it up and we will dine!

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 8:45 p.m. CST

    Dirk

    by Dick Nicely

    I'm sure Rocky Balboa gets its UK release on January 19th. I have to wait till the 24th in France, by which time my brother in Scotland will have seen it five times, the bastard.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 8:44 p.m. CST

    Question for Farkas!

    by theBigE

    hey, where are you going to see RockyB - Traverse, or down in Ludville? Do you ever get to the Vogue??

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 8:46 p.m. CST

    Regarding remakes...

    by Leadley

    Sly, in all honesty, if you are going to do a re-make, go balls to the wall and give us the fans what we've been beggin' fer for years! You, Bruce, Jean Claude, Clint, Arnold, Chuck, Roundtree, etc. in 'The Dirty Dozen: Iraq Attack'

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 8:46 p.m. CST

    Deathwish

    by robotdevil

    Is he serious? If so, the problem with making the character into a cop is that it would diminish his dramatic transformation into a vigilante. We already know the cop (whether he uses his gun or not) has the skills he'll need to be a vigilante (not to mention we've already seen a billion movie cops who skirt the law to get the bad guys). The point of Death Wish is the transformation of a total civilian into an effective crimefighter/vigilante figure by means of his anger and anguish... giving him special skills mutes that point... it's not the worst idea i've ever heard, but it seems to make the character less unique and less dramatic.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 8:50 p.m. CST

    Re: Death Wish

    by chrth

    It's not a bad idea, but just don't call it Death Wish. There's no reason that you have to ape (even partially) the original. Focus on bringing life to the character, rather than worrying whether your plot is too far away from the original. Heck, you might find that by the end of the film you've taken it an entirely different direction.<p> Good luck!

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 8:50 p.m. CST

    Deathwish sounds about right...but wait I have an idea!

    by dalbatron

    As a 36 yr old Architect my opinion on movie making is worth about the price of my ticket and thats about it, but as you asked Sly then here goes.... Balboa seems to be a phenominal success. You are one again on the radar (not for the fans but for the bean counters in Hollywood) I can understand why a remake is a safe bet. You can put it under the nose of a 20 something exec and they will get it right away. The problem is your fans, the old and the many many new ones,you have made here over the past days. As you have said you are a cerebral creature. You have attained what most would consider impossible with Rocky Balboa. Do the same with Rambo and you will have carte blanche over many many movie options as both actor and director. The main theme about Deathwish is revenge. Right now does the world need more revenge. Balboa triumphed, it seems like Rambo will do the same. You cannot triumph with revenge. If you really must look at a remake then can i suggest 'The Taking of Palham 1 2 3'. You as Garber. come on... think about it. Who would play mr blue, mr brown, mr green and mr grey. Get Arnie to play the mayor though!!!

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 8:50 p.m. CST

    Remake the Cobra film instead,to counter The Punisher

    by BDuncan

    I think a Death Wish remake would be a mistake, with Kill Bill raising the bar so extremely high on the revenge action genre, with a film version of the Hitman computer game in the works and the recent film The Punisher covering very similar ground and making only about $US 35 mill in North America, off of a low $US 15 mill budget (it must have had a good afterlife on DVD, where it's probably made twice that much, as a Punisher sequel is in the works for 2007). I was always disappointed Mr. Stallone's 1986 Cobra film didn't lead to an ongoing action franchise, so if the rights can be obtained from Golan-Globus Productions Ltd, remake that instead, with a younger male actor in the lead and have Mr. Stallone play his father, or maybe a bad guy in a smaller, supporting role.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 8:52 p.m. CST

    My dad is against a DEATH WISH cop character......

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    To be honest, my dad is against Paul Kersey being a cop. He says it goes against everything Kersey is. Kersey is a thinking man....he's a business professional....not a physical man. One of the reasons why the bad guys came to bother him in the first place was because he was "only" an architect, a skinny old man. If he becomes a police officer, that aspect/detail of the story is gone. Paul Kersey has to be in a profession that is focused on thinking and analysis. A desk job. My dad suggests making him a University Professor. Maybe in Criminal Science where he HELPED officers catch some bad guys, but he shouldn't be the officer himself. He's a peaceful man.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 8:53 p.m. CST

    Deathwish

    by dregmobile

    That's not so much of a dilemma since there are many ways to dispatch victims without resorting to handguns. I would consider making the lead a Buddhist (yay - like Richard Gere!) - they preach non-violence. And that would create a dilemma. But I guess it's Deathwish and not an episode of Kung Fu. I actually just wrote a screenplay that is very Deathwish and the lead never uses a gun on anyone, yet still manages to exact his revenge. <br> <br> Good luck with it, Sly. I'm in Oz, so can't get to the movie until January, but I will be there. Great set of Answers today. Thank you! And thank you, too, Harry! Yes - get Mr. Willis to reach out as well!

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 8:55 p.m. CST

    Question about Rocky Balboa for those who've seen it

    by chrth

    Do I need to do a refresher with the earlier films first? I've recently watched the original, but I haven't gotten to 2-4 (not going to watch 5) and I don't know if I'll have time before I go to the theatres for Rocky Balboa. Will that hinder my enjoyment of the film in any way? Thanks

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 8:53 p.m. CST

    If you're thinking of remakes, I have 5 words for you -

    by Leadley

    "Tango and Cash in Space"

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 8:56 p.m. CST

    Dirty Dozen remake and Bronson

    by Lago

    Forgot that Bronson was in that too! Damn he made some good flicks back then.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 8:57 p.m. CST

    Reviews

    by Gigolo99

    I was at another site that has every review for Rocky Balboa and I'm astounded by the overwhelmingly positive response the film has gotten from critics. Even the "bad" reviews pretty much gave it a C or 2/4 stars. Most of the big NY papers, USA Today, The Chicago tribune, Ebert and Roeper, Variety, Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, and Premiere Magazine all gave it very good reviews. I really wanted to go into the movie with low expectations because I really want it to be good. Now I'm forced to expect it to be pretty damn good.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 8:59 p.m. CST

    IMDB says Bronson's The Mechanic film is being remade

    by BDuncan

    The IMDB website says that Michael Douglas is currently attached to a remake of Bronson's (now very dated) film The Mechanic, but that it'll be a remake in name only, as it'll be totally reimagined as a 'spy thriller in a post 9/11 world', probably to imitate the Jason Bourne action thriller franchise.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 9 p.m. CST

    You want a remake suggestion?

    by Alonzo Mosely

    Remake Charley Varrick. Trust me on this...

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 9:01 p.m. CST

    To Sly : Death Wish Reply

    by Donnie_Drunko

    Strange you should ask because I just saw Death Wish for the first time a few days ago. The Cop angle I think would be a big mistake. The thing that made the original Death Wish so cool was the idea that it was your average man taking the streets back. Having someone as a Cop and taking the law into his own hands wether he hasn’t fired his gun or not is not as interesting as your average Joe who happens to be a pacifist taking up arms out of the grief of lost loved ones. I don’t think this idea was carried out nearly as well as it could have been in the original Death Wish which means in the case of Death Wish a remake could easily be justified. Making the character a man of the cloth would be more interesting on a moral level. Here you have a guy who is turning to the one thing he never thought he would do but the death of his family cause that mental snap where he sees taking justice in his own hands. Or even a liberal local politician that is pro Gun control turning to the one thing he never thought imaginable. Or maybe even a defense lawyer who helps street trash stay on the street only to have his own family murdered and becomes overcome from guilt he takes things into his own hands. I think just about anything other than a cop (that sounds quite a bit like Andy Griffith) would work better. Here are the most important things to remember. Keep the fact that the main character never ever finds the ones responsible for his families murders. The fact that he doesn’t ever get a real resolution to his situation gives the main character a tragic arc. Also make sure to let there be some build up before the main character becomes so famous in the press. He started showing up in the magazines so quickly in the original. Add more character moments letting the slide into full blown vigilante/slight madness with a purpose shine through. Also the last moment of the movie where Bronson pretends his hand is a gun and shoots at the thugs in the airport is classic. So a scene similar to that to end the movie should be kept intact. The idea that this vigilante is still on the job but in another town not only leaves things open for a sequel but it actually made me clap when I saw it.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 8:59 p.m. CST

    Regarding Death Wish Remake

    by Ghostwood

    Hey Sly -- thanks for doing the talkbacks, etc. I worked on Detox when you were up here in Vancouver -- back in the day. I’ve got the Crew Photo to prove it. At any rate, regarding the Death Wish idea. I love that film a lot, and I think it all comes down to the title of the film itself. To me, the character himself has to go beyond grief and into a realm of desiring his own death. When he goes out on the streets night after night, he wants to find purpose for what’s going on inside of him, find some kind of empowerment in his actions. I think he knows he’s a normal, average guy -- opposed to violence in any form (remember he was a C.O. in Korea). I think he knows the odds are against him every time he goes out. That’s why he continues, even when he knows the cops are on to him. By making him a cop, even a thinking, crafty cop (crafty enough not to use his gun), he’s still part of that violent world. My view of the main character’s journey is an everyman who finds himself in a world he is completely foreign to. He’s all of us -- powerless and ignored (what a tale for our times now if you think about it), until he decides to take the power back. And in that desire to die, finds a will to live again. Just my thoughts; thanks for the time and look forward to reading tomorrow’s replies!

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 8:59 p.m. CST

    People who don't like the Kersey character being a cop:

    by where_are_quints_hobbit_set_reports

    There are plenty of police jobs that would create great suspense and conflict for the character... what if he was a "community liason" officer who dealt with kids and monitored school programs (and then ended up killing some sweet kid's bad-apple older brother!), or was in anti-gang education, or was a university/campus cop... or even a (much-maligned) desk jockey, or a forensic investigator... the possibilities are endless.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 9 p.m. CST

    Review after review....

    by fannyboots

    ..appears to be overwhelmingly positive for Rocky Balboa. I was reading them at rottentomatoes.com and, I have to be honest, I my eyes filled up a little. I'm just so happy for you. Well done, Sly. You deserve it. And so does Rocky.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 9 p.m. CST

    A Man of the People You Are, Mr Stallone

    by Terence Koh

    This is my first post ever here at AICN and it's all because of you Mr Stallone! Thank you so much for your honesty and wisdom and for living the dream for all of us normal folk. I had the pleasure of being at the Singapore Opening of Planet Hollywood and Mr Stallone, Bruce Willis, Wesley Snipes, Jackie Chan, Van Damme, Cindy Crawford were all there. Anyway, Bruce, Wesley and Van Damme acted like they were superstars, but when Sly and Jackie walked down the red carpet, they stretched out both their hands and allowed their fans to literally mob them. Though we were behind barricades, they were still being pulled from all sides. For me, that just tells you so much about the love and loyalty Mr Stallone and Jackie have for their fans. You'll always be number one for me, Mr Stallone! I'll definitely be watching Rocky Balboa when its out in Singapore!

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 9:03 p.m. CST

    Charles Bronson A "Skinny Old Man"?

    by abcdefghijklmnop

    Actually, Brian Garfield did not approve of Charles Bronson as Paul Kersey. He felt that Kersey basically had to be believable as both a wimp and pacifist. According to him, as soon as you see Bronson, "you know he's going to start killing people".

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 9:02 p.m. CST

    Wednesday, December 20th 2006

    by Splinter76

    Hello, Sly! You can bet on the fact that my wife and I will be in line at the theater tomorrow to make I little ripple of the Box Office ocean for one ROCKY BALBOA!!! I can't wait to see it!! Thank you SO much for this movie and ALL the movies. (Even for Oscar, of which I am a big fan!!) Merry Christmas! P.S. - I hope Rocky Balboa beats out Night at the Museum!

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 9:05 p.m. CST

    re: DEATHWISH.

    by Cotton McKnight

    I have to count myself among those who haven't seen it, but I think it's a good idea if it's done right. I say "done right" because the setup kind of reminds me of Arnold's "Collateral Damage", which wasn't well recieved by the public (though timing played a huge part- it was supposed to come out around 9/11). Anyway, I just want to let you know that I will be seeing Rocky Balboa tomorrow by myself but I will try to bring as many people as I can to the theaters this weekend. I plan on seeing it at least a couple of times. Thank you so much for doing this.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 9:05 p.m. CST

    Sly and DEATH WISH

    by thedrummeraric

    First up, Sly, you've long been a hero of mine. More accurately, Rocky has long been a hero of mine. I will be at the new one despite hating the fact that Adrian is dead. After seeing the trailer, though, that decision makes more sense to me. As for Death Wish, you are listening to probably the biggest Bronson fan to ever live on this one. I even loved the man's crap, and will to this day, break them out for a watch. (Just watched DW 4 last weekend.) But as a Bronson fan, I gotta say, go for it. Just remember, you are dealing with the memory of one of the silver screen's original and baddest of all bad-asses in Bronson. Do him proud. And news of that MECHANIC remake with Michael Douglas makes me want to puke. One last question: Did you ever meet Charles Bronson? If so, any anecdotes you would mind sharing of the man? Thanks a ton!

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 9:04 p.m. CST

    Deathwish remake premise=The Punisher

    by S-Mart shopper

    How about a sequel to Assasins with your character as the target?

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 9:07 p.m. CST

    "Skinny old man" compared to Rambo....

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    That's what I meant. Kersey was never about huge muscles and bench pressing people. He's not The Terminator. He's an old architect with a gun.<BR><BR>And another important key to the Death Wish series is the support of Kersey by the people, even from the cops. That scene where Kersey saves an guy from being beaten by two thugs, then the guy refuses to identify Kersey to the cops, should be included.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 9:08 p.m. CST

    DEATHWISH REMAKE!!

    by King Conan

    Hey Sly, I think a DeathWish remake, starring YOU would definitely rock and it would be a way to get that vigilante story done right. It seems great to have him as an ex cop but how about something more, a cop who was like with SWAT, or a Counter Terrorism Task Force or ESU who had NEVER needed to use his prowess and was proud of that fact. Someone who just loved the job of law enforcement but never the prospect of having to hurt someone. I think it would make it all the more intriguing to show him slaughtering scumbags with the utmost proficiency for fucking with his family. To show that every man has his breaking point, wether he believe's it or not. It would also make the audience really root for him, and maybe it would be the one time you could die at the end of the film and studios wouldn't freak the fuck out. ALA Jean Reno in the movie "The Professional" by Luc Besson. Man, he killed a bunch of cops and a swat team in that movie but you never for once feel as though he's the bad guy and totally root for him in the end even though he cant escape. I think movies that people are really looking for nowawdays more than ever are ones that show the redemption of a soul and sever punishment inflicted on the villians who deserve it. P.S. Sly I SWORE I wouldn't go back to the movies until it was something worth my money like Spider-Man 3, I recently purchased the re-release of Rocky and their is a free ticket in there for the new movie. I think thats a great idea. I will pay for my wife to go with me, you got my money again curse you! Lol!

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 9:08 p.m. CST

    Death Wish... hm...

    by StrideX13

    I dunno, Sly. If you're gonna do something like remaking DEATHWISH, you really have to take it somewhere NEW. From Sinatra to Clooney-- Ocean's 11 becomes different films. And while you're talking about adjusting the background, you need more than just that-- themes REALLY have to change and we've got to get that it's not the same ground re-tread. I'm gonna throw out a crazy suggestion here... and one you probably won't have the time or attention to check out, but if you CAN, check out "TRIGUN". Check out the anime (subtitled, only please) or the manga. Basic plot-- a wandering hero is one helluva gunman, but refuses to KILL with his guns. Over the course of the story (which lolly-gag's around in it's early phases) the hero's friends are beaten, and some are killed and he's forced to start looking at taking vengance. There are some similar things in the older anime/manga about a samurai called "Rurouni Kenshin" but it's way longer and I don't think nearly as effective. While "TRIGUN" is science fiction / western in it's execution, if you want to start thinking about new ways to tackle ideas of being PACIFIST versus VENGENCE and JUSTICE... well, you just can't do better! By the way, by the way... I'm going to see ROCKY BALBOA tonight with my buddies (I work at a theater, so I see everything the night before) and I've gotta say I'm PUMPED... just rewatched the original today so we could prep our MAN TEARS together... can't wait to see how awesome it's gonna be!

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 9:12 p.m. CST

    deathwish?

    by coppercrow

    sly... thanks so much for answering all these questions. i've followed every day, and it's a wonderful opportunity to hear your thoughts on what your fans think... as for your deathwish comment, i'd have to say, please no. honestly, i am so tired of re-makes. i know a great story can be told over and over to each generation, but it seems half the stuff out of hollywood is a re-make. every year more come out. we get foreign films remade and released without the general public knowing it's already been done. sequels are great... and i'll be seeing balboa this weekend. copland was awesome... bring us more of that~

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 9:17 p.m. CST

    Thanks Sly!

    by Press Lenox

    It's been great, I've looked forward to these questions every day since you started them. I can't wait for "Rocky Balboa" tomorrow!

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 9:19 p.m. CST

    Just bought Rocky Collector's Edition...

    by colematthews

    you know, the one with the ticket to Rocky Balboa inside? That is a damn good deal if you were gonna go anyway. Makes the DVD like 10 bucks. The end of that flick is great. Who won the fight isn't emphasized at all, and the music is just building as he's yelling for Adrian. I realize I'm not exactly the first person to say that, but still. I wouldn't have made my purchase, watched the flick again, or probably seen this new one in theaters if it wasn't for this Q&A. And, honestly, if this Q&A wasn't happening, and there was an announcement about Stallone re-making Death Wish, TalkBackers would have piled on his ass from day one. Now that we see where he's coming from, it's a whole different story. Good luck with everything, Sly, and thanks again!

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 9:21 p.m. CST

    Hey Sly I hope you read this...

    by nomihs

    Okay, yeah we all love the Q and A rounds with the AICN crew, and loving public, and I don't want to sound like a broken record with the rest of the talkbackers but...you have surpassed yourself in my mind. To bring yourself a little bit closer to us all (the average paying moviegoer) and it has been a GREAT 20 ROUNDS with you. That said...If you do read this post, I was wondering if I was right about Johnny Kovac being an alias of yours, or someone in your camp? After reading Johnny Kovac's posts that was the first thing I thought of. Anyway, I doubt that you read this but IF you do, post up another Johnny Kovac, or drop me a line, (yeah right) at nomihs@aintitcool.com This way I can tell my fiance that I was right for once in my life. You got my contribution this weekend in Dubuque and for Rambo, and any other future installment. OH, and I also have my netflix queued up with some of your DTV releases that I missed.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 9:19 p.m. CST

    Remake ideas...

    by Gigolo99

    Since Sly is still physically formidable I think some sci-fi remakes may better suit him. I was thinking of the Connery movie, "Outland", "Soylent Green", or a tweaked "Logan's Run"

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 9:21 p.m. CST

    Sly, Death Wish Is Already Being Remade

    by abcdefghijklmnop

    Kevin Bacon recently filmed Brian Garfield's sequel to Death Wish- Death Sentence. But of course, the plot has been reworked so that it basically sounds just like Death Wish. (Or at least that's what people compare it to when they hear about it.) My advice would be to steer clear of a remake- or at least calling it a remake. BUT, the idea of "Stallone" + "Revenge" is always a welcome idea. I'm sure you can easily take the concept and deliver a kickass film. It's actually very exciting that you are thinking of following up Rambo with Death Wish! Damn. God bless you, sir! There is definitely an audience out there that is STARVING for some old-school action films. As for Rocky Balboa...one of the best opening night experiences I've ever had was seeing Rocky IV 21 years ago. I've actually organized the exact same group of family and frinds to go see RB tomorrow night. Can't wait.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 9:21 p.m. CST

    please don't remake death wish...

    by Flux_brown

    sir, trust me, this won't be the right vehicle for you. Audiences will stay away from this movie in droves just coz the fact that its a death wish remake alone. Try something original that suits your writing talents, perhaps an hbo series? please think about it....

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 9:21 p.m. CST

    DEATHWISH.

    by C Legion

    Whilst the original had a decent premise, and an iconic tough guy actor as its lead, it was not particularly well executed. With a similar premise, and another iconic tough guy actor (wonder who that could be), but this time made by someone talented (not that food critic tosser Michael Winner) it could be very interesting. I say go for it Mr. Stallone, but only if you direct it yourself, and you approach it as a serious, small budget movie. Eschew the cliche action star stuff, as you did with Copland, and it may well work.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 9:22 p.m. CST

    Sly talkback

    by ninjapurple

    Hey Sly! Big fan from India! I read on IMDB that you love Bollywood movies..same here! What I'd like to know is which are your favourites? Any chances that one or more are likely to perhaps be remade in Hollywood?

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 9:23 p.m. CST

    Get the team from HBOs the wire....

    by Judge Dredds Dirty Undies

    Even if they made the tango and cash in space movie it would be fucking brilliant.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 9:24 p.m. CST

    I'll be there!

    by FrixFrixFrix

    I'm flying to Ohio from New York tomorrow morning to spend christmas with my family. The first thing I'm gonna do is watch 'Rocky' with my dad and brother, then catch the 9:30 screening of 'Rocky Balboa' with the two of them and my best friend. My girlfriend would be right there with us if she wasn't going to Colorado to spend christmas with her family. She and I watched 'Rocky' together this past saturday, it was the first time she'd seen it and she's hooked. She wants to see the rest of the series as soon as she can and you can bet we'll be seeing 'Rocky Balboa' together when we get back to Brooklyn. Thanks very much for all of your time and stories. It's given me something great to look forward to every day and I will miss it. Good luck with 'Rocky Balboa' and I hope this happens again in the future. Fritz Brooklyn, NY

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 9:28 p.m. CST

    how can you not get behind this guy?

    by chiahead

    he's so freakin humble! thanks mr. stallone!

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 9:28 p.m. CST

    But First

    by raknade

    we review an ageing Charles Bronson in "Death Wish 9" "I wish I was dead"

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 9:30 p.m. CST

    Make Death Wish an HBO mini series

    by Flux_brown

    mark my word sir...if handled correctly, this could be a gem!

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 9:28 p.m. CST

    How about you doing a moive with you as a stoner?

    by S-Mart shopper

    ala Brad Pitt in True Romance.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 9:31 p.m. CST

    Re: I'll be there!

    by FrixFrixFrix

    btw Sly, here's a picture of my girlfriend 10 minutes after we watched 'Rocky'. http://www.flickr.com/photos/ladygrift/327770510/

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 9:31 p.m. CST

    Deathwish Remake

    by konkrete590

    Sounds pretty cool to me. I hope Mikey Rourk does this 200 questions when Sin City 2 opens, that would be great. Can't wait to see Rocky tomorrow!

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 9:33 p.m. CST

    The return to true grit

    by omega786

    I am also a fan of the 1970's type of fims and think it would be cool to see a remake of Bronson's DEATH WISH. I miss these type of movies and would love to see you pick up the gauntlet. A shame that The Mechanic has gone to Douglas but there is plent of material out there. Funnily enough i think you have a niche for the gritty urban atmosphere which was picked up so well in the original Rocky and Nighthawks and so have been quite surprised you haven't capitalised on it (although Get Carter slightly touched it). My thoughts for DEATH WISH would be to go against the cop storyline and adopt Kersey as someone who can fit your personna. I couldn't accept you as an ex chief of emergency medical services in Daylight. You need to identify with the character (not with your perception but with the perception of the audience). Unfortunaltey it seems you will be unable to adopt Kersey's passive stance as the audience would expect some type of culmination of expression through violence ala Copland which worked. Therefore starting off with a character who is steeped in a non confrontational career/history would be unable to reach/deliver that climax (see Collateral Damage). Therefore i undersand why you have gone down the cop route but i think you need to go back to the drawing board and seek an alternative entry for the character. Personally i would go for a cross between Unforgiven/True Grit and set it in modern day and only keeping specific elements.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 9:36 p.m. CST

    Stallone should send Harry and autographed picture....

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    ....but on it, it should say "To GibsonUSA". Then it'll just be up to Harry what's the proper thing to do with it. :P (jk)

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 9:34 p.m. CST

    I will miss this when it's all over ...

    by Lou C.

    ... Mr. Stallone, you have no idea how much more excited you've made me about seeing this movie. And before the Q&A started, I couldn't imagine being interested in another Rambo movie. Now, I can see where you're coming from and would be there on opening day. This was a brilliant idea, but it only works because you've been so honest, charming and intelligent in your responses. Good luck to you, and thanks for all the great movies. You're a class act.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 9:37 p.m. CST

    I'm starting to agree with folks here about deathwish

    by Cotton McKnight

    I just don't know- first of all, how do you set up that the character is a good cop? In order for that to really work, the audience has to be familiar enough with the character to know that this goes against everything he believes in. I just see a lot of screentime being spent trying to him up as a "good guy", which sounds like it could put the audience to sleep. So in other words, a lot of the need for a setup is taken away simply by changing the guy's line of work. Another thing I am thinking of is Robert Duvall's character in "Falling Down". He was a good cop who never fired his gun, but he was seen by everyone in the department as a pushover and an outcast. In today's world, you would almost have to make your "good cop" the same way, because how else would you distinguish him from the "bad cops"? And if you start down that road, it becomes a slippery slope because by the end of the movie, he is doing what all the bad cops wanted him to do in the first place. So it's like he's become one of them. Does this make any sense?

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 9:37 p.m. CST

    Death Wish remake

    by King_Knut

    I think that it sounds like a good concept, but one to be approached with great caution. If this gentleman is such a good cop as never to have needed to use his gun when his wits would do, why should he change now? I can't say I have a solution, but the transition has to be tremendously morally painful for it to work, for the audience to not only buy it, but agree with it and go along with him. See The Punisher (the recent one, not Dolph's version) for how not to do it. The only way I could see it washing is that the first person he tries to pull a gun on would be himself... or if he submits himself to one hell of a beating because he's lost the will to live. I don't know, it'd be bloody hard to pull off convincingly.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 9:37 p.m. CST

    Stallone vs Mickey Rourke

    by Judge Dredds Dirty Undies

    Their fight in the Get Carter remake fucking ruled, even if that film was a misjudged failure it still had some cool shit in. "Is this the part where I'm supposed to be scared?"

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 9:39 p.m. CST

    Death Wish Remake - Honest Opinion

    by KryptonsLastSon

    I have two responses to this. One is this, please put your effort and financial backing into doing something new and different with a film. Death Wish is a "classic", and doesn't need to be re-imagined. In fact a lot of what Hollywood pushes today with re-makes don't need to be made, the existing film is good enough. I am pissed every time I see a re-make and think of what movie I might not be seeing because of its existence. Second, if you want to do something like this don't call it Death Wish. Pursue the basic story and develop something beyond the ideas of Death Wish, you are certainly capable of it. The basic premise sounds intriguing, but I see absolutely no reason it would have to be a Death Wish remake. My two cents.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 9:38 p.m. CST

    Deathwish

    by misterdug

    First off, I am not a huge fan of remakes, though there have been some exceptions. A remake of Deathwish would have to be remarkably well done. More than a basic action flick, I think we would need to really feel for this character and what has been thrust upon him. If he was anti-gun or not prior to the attack on his family would be almost irrelevant if we feel strongly enough about what has happened to his family. A film like this should take some time to show the family, show the trust and love. For an additional gut twist, I would probably make the daughter younger, maybe a preteen or something in that neighborhood. This would also make her more likely to believe her daddy is her personal hero. I might even put in some dialoge or circumstance between the father and daughter that reflects that, he is her hero and he will always come to save her. Perhaps even show the daughter even in the midst of the attack calling out to her father 'Daddy! Daddy, please! Where are you? Why are they doing this?' (as you might imagine happening in your worst nightmares of something happening to your kids) expecting him to save her. Make the audience care about the family unit, care about the mother and daughter and the relationship that they all share. Sure you could make the father a cop, and that would add to the hero worship aspect from the daughter, but every cop has to draw his or her gun at some point even if they never fire it. Maybe that is the point Sly is getting at, that the cop, the daddy, has never had to fire his weapon on the job. That he has never met a situation he couldn't defuse or deal with without using violence. But I wouldn't want the cop coming off as too far-fetched. I think making him a by the book kind of cop might be better. Maybe a cop that has moved into Internal Affairs and goes after cops that cross the line, until he meets the line he himself must cross to avenge his family. It would be a painful journey from hero to anti-hero. And we should see the toll it takes on him as a man that is, deep down, still a good cop. Just my .02

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 9:40 p.m. CST

    Thank You

    by clinton branum

    I truly thank you for the time that you have taken to answer questions for all of us fans out here.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 9:43 p.m. CST

    Thoughts on Death Wish Remake

    by Alice Cooper Stalker

    It's been a long time since I've seen Death Wish. Not exactly sure what you meant by the line "a very good cop who had incredible success without ever using his gun." I'm guessing that either he's used his physical strength to handle resistance in the line of duty or that he's just been fortunate to not have to use his gun. Regardless, I think that one of the central themes of Death Wish is the empowerment and strength of a man who was victimized, standing up and fighting back after the trauma and pain his family suffered. You read headlines every day about people being killed, raped, assaulted, children being kidnapped, etc... So many victims...so many people feeling powerless. Charles Bronson's character allowed an outlet for victims to see justice served and delivered. Given the violent nature of our society and the seemingly rampant lack of justice in our court systems...this could be a good remake to pursue. I agree with many of the talkbakers that I don't like the idea of him being a cop. Maybe he could be an architecht or computer programmer or project manager that used to be in the military and therefore had some experience with firearms in his past that he could reenlist. That way, he would have both the thinking/strategy talents to draw on as well as the firearms experience. One piecee of advice that I would give is to get whoever did the special effects on 'A History Of Violence' involved. I've never seen an actual homicide, but the gun shot injuries and killings in that movie just seemed really damn realistic to me on a level that other movies haven't been able to duplicate. Also get other great talent. Maybe get Quentin Tarantion to help write it? Good luck to you on this and all of your future projects. Spread the word to your buddies that we are golden to talk to and consult. Thanks for this unique opportunity.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 9:44 p.m. CST

    Respect.

    by Tunza

    My respect for Sly has risen every fresh Q+A I read. Sir, you definitely have my cash when Rocky Balboa arrives in New Zealand. Unless I get to review it for the paper. In which case, I'll get to encourage even more people to see it. Everybody wins.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 9:48 p.m. CST

    Respectfully, the best 'Death Wish' is MS. 45

    by CarmillaVonDoom

    That is all. :^)

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 9:53 p.m. CST

    Can't wait to see it tomorrow...

    by TELF

    My girlfriend is pretty excited too. This'll be her first Rocky in a cinema. ON DEATH WISH: Where the hell is Vern??? Seagal afraid of JC!?! Will Seagalogy survive? well, in the mean time. Don't do a remake. Someone above had a great suggestion about making the lead a college prof. who works with the police, an advocate non-violent/fatal law-enforcement. That seems like a stronger premise. Is it for you to star? Because, again, someone above noted that you know all along that Bronson is going to start killing the bastards at some point. And the same could be said of your good self. I read a novel ages ago whose premise I thought would make a good vehicle for you. It was called Wet Work, and was about a rich arms dealer whose daughter dies of a spiked drug OD and he proceeds to murder his way all the way through the drug chain of command-right the way to the heads of the cartel, using all the weapons/resouces avaiable. The book was nowhere near as smart as the premise (there were so many ironies missed, like dubious moral superiority of the arms trade to the drug trade amongst others), but I always thought that there was massive potential for a great satirical action movie. Regardless, I honestly think even the best intentioned remake of Death Wish would be a mistake. Take the revenge theme and do your own thing with it.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 10:01 p.m. CST

    Wishing for Death and so on

    by Dick Nicely

    I'm sure Sly has a reason for wanting to make the character a cop; it seems too arbitrary a thing for him to mention otherwise. So he probably has good reason; maybe he's actually written a script or something already. It could be an interesting story. Just don't call it Death Wish! I think these days we have the same desire for justice to be served in a non-PC way, by those who are victimised (I'm replying particularly to Alice Cooper's Stalker here) but I also think we need to see the flip side of this, the dangers inherent in combatting violence with violence. In terms of realistic bloodletting, I worked on a film where the special effects department were told off by the set's security guard for making the gunshots too flamboyant and "Hollywood". He described what it was like when somebody gets shot, and it's not something I've seen in any films. But it's also pretty morbid to recreate, and would pretty much take the fun out of shoot-'em-up movies as we know them. The effects department, by the way, carried on as they had done for this reason.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 10:01 p.m. CST

    "Guns dont make me nervus.Idiots w/guns make me nervus"

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    That line should be in the Death Wish remake. :) And how about making the bad guy(s) a kidnapper/pedophile? What's the one type of criminal that everyone in the world (even other criminals) absolutely hate? Those who prey on our little kids. Have Paul Kersey's little daughter kidnapped (like Mel Gibson's Ransom) and his wife killed....but the little daughter is never recovered alive. That would drive any father insane.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 10:02 p.m. CST

    just thought of another remake for Sly...

    by Gigolo99

    "Fort Apache, The Bronx"-originally starring Paul Newman. I hate to talk up another site but you guys have to check out the reviews on Rottentomatoes.com-they keep putting more up and it's a landslide of positive write ups. I'm really happy for Sly.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 10:03 p.m. CST

    Saw Rocky Balboa at an advanced screening last night...

    by Kirk's Toupee

    And I was blown away. I haven't felt that good coming out of a movie in a long time. And I'm not just blowing smoke up your ass Mr. Stallone. If I thought it was shit I would say so. But you hit one out of the park and all us kids from the 80's thank you for it. I also would like to thank you for keeping it PG. There were a few kids in the crowd and they really seemed to like it. I will be taking my father to see it this weekend. He took my brother and I to see III and IV. I would suggest to all you AINcers to take your dads. It's a great Father/Son film as well.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 10:06 p.m. CST

    Sly Moves

    by Kirk's Toupee

    Since you're reading these things I also wanted to let you know that I introduced my parents to Sly Moves. My father is 62 and my mom is 60. They both now do a weight routine 3 times a week. And the motivating factor was your book.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 10:06 p.m. CST

    Death Wish remake

    by MattFini

    First off...thank you for your time and honesty, Sly. I've already got my ticket to ROCKY BALBOA tomorrow and I'm going again with my girlfreind on Friday. I plan on doing a lot of promotion for this one for the family over the holidays...I will get people behind it. But people WANT to see it anyway so I know it won't be too hard. As far as the "Death Wish" idea...I love the concept of the original film too much. Seeing Bronson's everyday man gradually introduced to the gritty violent of the urban city was a big part of the film's success...at least for me. The idea of him being a cop doesn't click for me right now but it would really depend on the story. Death Wish is about the characters and not the action. Thanks again Sly, this has been great!

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 10:09 p.m. CST

    Oh yeah and one more thing....

    by Kirk's Toupee

    Ah man I'm sick of remakes. You're a talented writer why not come up with something fresh? How about a gritty period western? Now that's something I'd like to see you tackle.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 10:10 p.m. CST

    It's been said before, but....

    by SJBKAT

    Stallone is a class act, and other celebs should take note that this is truly a remarkable thing he has done. I have always been a Stallone fan, but this has sent it through the roof. I am eagerly awaiting "Rocky Balboa," and now even more so I am looking forward to "Rambo IV." In regards to a "Deathwish" remake, I don't know. I like the premise Stallone has given, but I worry that the film may be just a shoot em up come revenge time. I trust Stallone and his judgment, and think that if the action is downplayed and the drama and characterization is in the forefront, we will have another winner on our hands.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 10:14 p.m. CST

    RE-MAKE DEATHWISH!

    by Mister Sean

    The big trick is to make it about more than the plot...there's your great monologue to your son in Rocky Balboa where the movie suddenly stops being about just boxing and about life altogether. If you could grant that kind of depth and pathos to the Death Wish remake, you'll have another hit. It's not enough to be just vengeful victim wish fulfillment, but the character must recognize and deal with the moral dilemma in way that's real and right.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 10:16 p.m. CST

    Regarding "Death Wish"...

    by Uga

    Be true, that's all I ask. What I mean by that is keep the character real - if somebody guns down your family, you aren't going to have a huge moral dilemma as to whether or not to hurt them. You're going to, plain and simple. You can't have your character have the bad guys looking down the barrel, only to say something like, "You're under arrest." If somebody hurt my family, an I eventually had them in my sights, there would be carnage (remember the story you told about the guy who hit your car and then insulted your kids - multiply the rage you felt then by a million).

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 10:15 p.m. CST

    Thank you

    by tiredpm

    I'm still gobsmacked by this series. Harry, and all at AintItCool who were involved, you deserve much praise. Mr. Stallone, all the people on your side who helped with this deserve a very nice Christmas present. And, Sly, you've blown me away with your honesty, humor and insight. This has been a real treat, something that you just don't see ANY stars do. I wish a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and your family, all the best with your future projects (more on that in a separate post) and I'll be there watching your film this weekend -- I'm flying to California with the family tomorrow, so I can't go opening day, but I'll be there Saturday or Sunday, full price show, and I'm going to talk as many of my in-laws into coming as I can. Again, thank you for this and I hope the film is the success that you deserve.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 10:21 p.m. CST

    You hear that ...?

    by Lando Griffin

    It's Vern weeping because Sly hath spoken - Van Damne would've made Seagal his bitch

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 10:24 p.m. CST

    Death Wish?

    by Kevin

    Death Wish? Hmmm, get James Mangold and surrender the action to the dramatic side of things it could work. Making him a cop though, I don't know. Someone mentioned a western above and that is a feasible option. Mangold is doing 3:10 to Yuma. So many great suggestions in this forum. So many remakes nowadays. Everyone loves a great revenge flick though. What about a remake of The Killers? I'd love to see you as Charlie Strom.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 10:26 p.m. CST

    I have an idea for your death wish remake

    by slappy jones

    If you really want to put a twist on it why don't you begin with Kersey already being a vigilante who winds up becoming an architect?? a whole new spin on it...

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 10:25 p.m. CST

    Thank you Sly.

    by bluetoast

    Registered on the talkback just for this. Always looked forward to seeing the new Q+A posted, will go into withdrawal like everyone else after tomorrow. This made me want to see Rocky the other day for the first time, which I now realize I should have done much earlier. Your stories were great, and your insight about reserving trust was excellent. I will be looking forward to the Q+As when Rambo comes out. Now it's time to round up a crowd and go see Rocky Balboa tomorrow.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 10:27 p.m. CST

    Death Wish remake

    by joeyducci

    Could be good....but needs to be dark, gritty...Joe Carnahan seems a good candidate for director. No jokey one liners, no cute kids/nieces/nephews/orphans/rebelious teenagers to try to lighten up the mood. Get Carter had the potential to be good...but made every one of the above mistakes. If you learned from the mistakes of Get Carter, a new Death Wish could be great.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 10:30 p.m. CST

    LANDAAA!!!

    by FreeFingers

    I DO HEAR IT LANDA!

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 10:35 p.m. CST

    the best death wish is death wish 3

    by troutpencil

    And anyone whose seen it (other than mothers against videogames types) agrees with me. Man, that van damme and seagal story is kickass and will be a big fucking deal among a select bracket of society's most disreputable fellows. I am a fan of both Seagal and Van Damme but Van Damme is the greatest, fuckign Street Fighter and Double Team, absolute miracles of cinema.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 10:37 p.m. CST

    Not a Death Wish Remake, But a Departure

    by MrStinger

    There aren't enough cops on the streets in post-Katrina New Orleans, a city increasingly under siege as elements return to the city "we'd be better off without." So the NOPD is putting detectives, investigators--anyone who can hold a nightstick--onto the streets. Certainly not the situation Paul Kersey expected to find himself in, a former seminary student who left just before becoming a priest, a nonviolent man with a strong sense of justice who has spent his career putting criminals behind bars without ever firing a gun. But one night, while he's keeping the streets safe, his family is brutally attacked by the same vermin destroying the city he's loved and lived all his life. And now, in the face of every looter, every mugger, every drug dealer preying on the innocent, he sees the face of the scum who killed his wife and daughter. He's being led in a direction he never intended his life to take, a path that may ultimately lead to his own destruction.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 10:39 p.m. CST

    Deathwish

    by Doctor_Sin

    I think DW succeeds because the main character isn't involved in law enforcement at all - it is sort of like Dustin Hoffman in Straw Dogs. How far will any of us normal people go? What will it take to push us over the edge? What are we capable of when pushed? If you remake it, keep these ideas first and foremost. Focus on the moral dilemma and how the audience can be effected by it - how the average joe will feel. I'd rather not see a cop as the lead role, but regardless - it must be brutal, violent, and vengeful. No punches pulled - it must be an all-out criticism of our society in some way. It must be big that way. My 2 centavos.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 10:39 p.m. CST

    Okay, Death Wish thoughts

    by tiredpm

    God, I'm torn. There are artistic and commercial considerations. From an artistic point of view, I would hate to see you torn to shreds by critics after generating buzz for your work on Rocky Balboa -- critics don't usually like remakes, especially ones that can't bring anything new to the table, and a change of lead character isn't enough to deflect attacks or a worthy reason to remake the original. Plus, as someone said above, where's the shock value in seeing a trained police officer having the ability to hunt down a bunch of bad guys? Which brings me to this question: would you be looking to star? Because I think that would be problematic. You're Sylvester Stallone! Sly! Rambo, Rocky, Cobra, the Demolition Man! We all know you could kick the ass of a bunch of street thugs! There's no transformation there. From a commercial point of view, yes, you can trade on the recognized name of the movie, but if the critics savage the film the box office drops like a stone, unless you're Sandler -- do you have a pact with the devil akin to his? :-) Damn, Sly, you couldn't have made Man On Fire? THAT I would have loved to see, even though I think Denzel was great in that flick -- the broken gunfighter on one last stand. Okay, wrap up. If you can bring something TRULY fresh to the concept, and I don't mean a different lead character or a topical setting (hunting your family's murderers in a post Katrina New Orleans as an icky example), then I say go for it. However, if it is just something that's on the table somewhere, or you're being courted for the idea by some young film-maker or, worse, a suit, PLEASE DON'T. Take a break, enjoy riding the success of Rocky Balboa, and then look at some of the options out there. Direct another movie, outside of the action genre; direct a few episodes of a TV show; hell, lobby for the villain role in the 24 movie and play it straight up evil... actually, that would be sweet. Jack Bauer versus Stallone. I just drooled at the thought. :-)

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 10:43 p.m. CST

    Deathwish

    by bioforge

    I don't believe a good cop would entertain revenge period. The only way that can work if he goes mental and goes on a revenge mission ,in which case he is not a good cop anymore(not in that mental state) so there is no moral dilemma. Btw well done revenge movies kick ass!

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 10:56 p.m. CST

    It's harder to think of Stallone as an "everyman."

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    One of the appeals to the original Rocky was that Stallone was an underdog himself in getting the movie made the way he wanted. Stallone was battling the odds like Rocky was. But now as a worldwide superstar, it's gonna be harder to buy into him as a struggling "everyman". Rambo clipping coupons? No way! In fact, as far as the first Rocky goes, Mr.Stallone is in more of an Apollo Creed position than a Rocky position. He's the one who decides what's going to happen. That's why I think his version of Paul Kersey cannot be dirt poor...people recognize superstar Stallone as an authority figure. That's why I mentioned maybe having Kersey as a University Professor. Professors are intellectuals in positions of authority and make good money, but can still be bought as "everyman".

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 11:01 p.m. CST

    mr. stallone

    by jedimindflayer

    thanks again for the great opportunity; it's safe to say you've pretty much endeared yourself to this fan base, and you'll alqays be our first. i can say honestly that i'll be putting my money where your mouth is this weekend- good luck at the box office!!!

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 11:04 p.m. CST

    Just for you Sly!

    by Michael Corleone

    I have been a daily reader of this site for years now but i have never felt compelled to register to be a real life talkbacker until now. When this opens in ireland in feb i will be there. These Q&A's have been the best thing on the web for a long, LONG time. Thank you Sly.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 11:03 p.m. CST

    I don't believe in remakes, they're like set-ups.

    by CherryValance

    And you've proven to us over these 19 great days that you are definitely not a paper champion. You've got all the experience and wisdom to do truly great original work. I mean, if Death Wish is what you really want to do, we'll be there. But I just think you're better than that. I've always liked your non-action movies and even preferred them in most instances. If more of that requires you going a more independent route, even better. When I see a movie like Apocalypto get made or David Lynch sitting on the corner with a cow, that's when I see men killing lions. They might seem wacky to everyone else but they're going their own way to bring art to us. And I sincerely appreciate them for it. I think it would be great if after Rambo IV, you went forward into completely new territory. And I'm not just being contrary. I wore my Rocky III pendant everyday to the 4th grade so I'm on your side. I just think you could be at the beginning of a new chapter in your legacy as a filmmaker. So remakes seem too much like going backward. Me and my mom, who never wavered in her worship of you, will be at the first showing tomorrow. Thanks for doing this Q&A. And I hope you and yours have a great Christmas and a healthy and prosperous New Year. *big hug*

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 11:08 p.m. CST

    maybe you could do a remake of Maniac Cop instead

    by troutpencil

    And make the maniac cop sympathetic. Because a cop doing that would be a real asshole. I imagine some patrol officer pulling two guys over and pretending to do searches and things, handcuffing them, then killing them. That would be a police officer taking advantage of his position to do awful stuff, while in the Death Wish movies he has no control over the people he is killing. They always are raping someone, have just raped someone and are now menacing someone else, or attacking him. He is like a chivalrous savior who murders purse snatchers. But a cop who did it would be a much bigger prick. I think a lot of the potency of the original death wish movies is that he is a civilian taking action, like Bernard Goetz. Though honestly, Charles Bronson easily could have made a movie where he wrote popup books for retarded children and in his spare time killed punks with a rocket launchers and everyone would have believed it. People won't believe that it would be a challenge for Sly to kill street punks, but it's the same with the original. Only fools would think that it would be tough for Bronson. He was grissled.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 11:07 p.m. CST

    I plan to see Rocky not once, not twice, but......

    by drago99

    I plan to see Rocky Balboa in the theater SIX times to pay tribute to you, Mr. Stallone, for releasing my favorite movies of all-time. I will also spread the word and try to get as many people as possible to see this movie. You are THE BEST!!!!!!

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 11:09 p.m. CST

    deathwish

    by jedimindflayer

    Go ahead with the Death Wish remake; I was never a huge fan to begin with, but tweaked-out remakes seem to be the norm, and can (sometimes) set itself away from the original without totally dishonoring it (see 'Dawn of the Dead')

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 11:13 p.m. CST

    A note on Death Wish

    by shmuckybucky

    Sly, you've read it several times over, but thank you very much for this opportunity to gain some insight into your career and a wonderful hero in Rocky Balboa. I will be at a screening on Christmas day with all of my Rocky die hard buds...no 80's comparisons meant. Anyway, as for Death Wish, I agree with some of the posters, a straight on remake, even with the main character transformed into a cop, seems irrelevant. This is not to say that I wouldn’t like to see a “Death Wish” film, as I love the original. It’s a classic. In that era, it was brutal, and it quite frankly scared the crap out of me as a kid, yes, because of the violence, but it made me think, “oh my god, what would I do in that position if someone had done that to my family.” I would lose control. That in essence is what a film like this would be about. Revenge and the loss of control in that heightened emotional state. I don’t see this as an action picture at all. It has to hit you hard, the violence tight, brutal. In fact, one of the films that I could certainly compare Death Wish to would be First Blood, an honest film, with no cheap shots or music video director style. There is one thing that I think is great about the cop angle, and that could move the story along in a suspenseful way, is that it gives the character an edge to be one step ahead of his/her pursuers. The protagonist knows the steps/manner in which he/she would be hunted down and use that to their advantage, something you couldn’t do with a character that didn’t have any insight into law enforcement methods. Whether you keep the title or not won’t make the difference between a successful movie or a disaster. If you’re honest to the story, and stick with the brutality of the crime and what it does to your character, then you will most certainly have made a worthy successor to the original Death Wish films.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 11:19 p.m. CST

    Casting decisions, remakes, Q&A's

    by Cold Winter Wind

    My personal litmus test for a casting decision is "Can I imagine any other actor doing a better job in this role?" Think 'Picard', think 'Jason Bourne', think 'Rocky', and (yes, I know, even so...) think 'Lara Croft'... The unfortunate downside to this is an actor being too closely identified with a character they've portrayed. The actor's eternal lament "I'm not that character!" As much as I've loved me numerous helpings of some Rocky, I truly can't envision anyone bringing more to the character than Bronson. Maybe it's a failing on my part. (Maybe I'm just a Boomer with a long memory!) What I CAN envision is a different character going thru that arc. Excellent idea of "200 Questions With..." - I've found Mr. Stallone to be witty, articulate, erudite, incredibly well-read, and just plain fun to hang out with. Whomever you have up next will have an extremely high standard to meet.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 11:25 p.m. CST

    You know what? This is my first Rocky in the theaters..

    by Cotton McKnight

    I'm not exactly young (31), but it just occured to me that I have never seen a Rocky movie in the theater. Don't get me wrong, I have seen the first four a million times over (saw Rocky 5 over a couple of nights on cable once), but it's weird because it's so much a part of my childhood, you think I would have. Ah well, when you're a kid you can't really pick the movies you get to see. Anyway, i'm so there tomorrow.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 11:24 p.m. CST

    SLY, A DIFFERENT TAKE on your Death Wish remake...

    by moto

    Granted, I haven't read all of the talkbacks above, but fuck it. You don't even need the Death Wish title in there, thus this isn't a remake. That concept was excellent. Here's my angle, which may or may not have been what you were thinking about. ***Yes, you have a cop that is essentially a pacifist. Better yet, make him a man that at one time was brutal, but is now haunted by it. Kind of like Clint Eastwood in Unforgiven. Maybe it's a dark secret or something. But he's now lead a pacifist life. All those cops around him (have to be set it in NY or Los Angeles) are so burnt out by the streets and have lost all of their morals. They are either thrill seekers, looking for the easiest way to get into a shootout, or are corrupt. Main Character(we'll call him Sly... lol) sees all this. But he's not a rat. He's just going to do things his way, using communication and a helping hand rather than beating the shit out of someone, shooting someone when not needed, etc. He's taking the high road but he's getting shit for it. He's basically boxed out from all of the veterans. He's on the outside. But he's gotta feed his family. So, yeah, a terrible thing happens to his family. Wife and kids are murdered. So you have the heartfelt scene where he's in tears, fucked up in the head, etc. Then he thinks of something. His face changes from grief to revenge/brutal. He goes through his old boxes and maybe finds his old firearms. Badass ones or something. Then the hunt for the killers begins and while this is happening, his department is investigating all of these strange murders (Sly's rampage). So during the day he's part of the investigation, and during the night he's killing these lowlifes. If you really want to amp it up, have Sly discover that the man who ordered the murder of his family was a cop in his department. Maybe Sly new something. Whatever. Anyway, that's my thought on the matter. ******** Best of luck to you Sly! Brilliant idea to do these Q/As.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 11:31 p.m. CST

    Future Q&A prospects

    by Binkysguy

    Well, Mr. Stallone, I know Bruce is a bud of yours and having him do a Q&A would be great! I don't know how well you know the following guys but if you have any pull with them please encourage them to come do one of these with us: Brad Pitt Kurt Russell Billy Bob Thornton and of course...Richard Gere. ;)

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 11:31 p.m. CST

    maybe seagal chose not to fight van damme

    by troutpencil

    Because he's a Buddhist. He practices the martial arts for spiritual renewal; the same with snapping wrists and killing oil company assholes. He didn't want to get into an altercation as it went against his religion and chose the peaceful way.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 11:34 p.m. CST

    Jeez! Almost forgot!

    by Binkysguy

    Thank you, THANK you, THANK YOU from the bottom of my wannabe-actor heart for talking with us so candidly. I really liked you before but it's full blown love now. Me and my best friend are going to be there at the first showing of Rocky Balboa tomorrow. Keep on doing it, man!

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 11:36 p.m. CST

    Jackie Chan would probably be the next best choice.....

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    ...if we are doing another whopping 200 questions. People like Brad Pitt, he's cool, but could you really ask him 200 interesting and unique questions? You'd have to trim it to 100 or something. Jackie Chan, on the other hand, has been in an estimated 5,000,000 movies, a worldwide fanbase, and probably a billion stories to tell.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 11:43 p.m. CST

    Jackie Chan

    by Binkysguy

    Well, yeah...but I didn't think Sly would know him to ask him. Chan is a good choice, though.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 11:42 p.m. CST

    Sly - Not the untouchable superstar as we thought....

    by ronniepooch

    More like Sly - the honest Human being. I've never seen, read or heard of ANYTHING being done like this before with an actor who seems so unattainable as Sly. I think Sly just killed the idea of what "celebrity" means to most people, and I'm damn fucking glad he did. I see him as not only a great actor and childhood hero, but suddenly this accessible guy with whom you can sit back and have a beer with, and bullshit about pretty much anything. Sly, you fucking rule and thanks so much for doing this. In regards to a Death Wish remake, I love the idea that his struggle would be to fight against using what he’s practiced his whole career not to, a gun. And now that he’s a changed man since the death of his loved one… will he resort to using it? I think the question you would need to ask yourself would be… that if it’s supposed to be a revenge movie, what clever ways are there can the main character seek revenge against the killer without ever having to use his gun? I think what could be really interesting is seeing the killer take his own life at the end of the film due to methods the Charles Bronson character has masterfully used throughout his entire career as a top police officer. Mr. Stallone, Best of luck tomorrow with Rocky Balboa. I’ll be cheering with all my buddies from work at the theater tomorrow night. I seriously can’t wait!

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 11:47 p.m. CST

    My DEATHWISH response

    by aknasas

    Mr. Stallone, Again, thank you so much for donating your time & experience & great stories to this site. In response to the Deathwish idea, here are my thoughts- The idea of a basic revenge story feels dated. That whole idea of 'eye for an eye' and killing someone who killed someone you loved and saving the main villain for last in some violently creative way... is old. It's been done a thousand times from the 80s generation to most mel gibson movies. But I love your angle on the hero's no gun record as a cop. Guns in action movies are old. What I mean is the idea of shooting another person and expecting the audience to react to that in a meaningful way is old and boring in action cinema. I prefer violence to be creatively executed (lousy pun) in films. It's always better when there is emotion behind it. REAL emotion, not anger. Basically, use something else besides a friggin gun. If you remade DEATHWISH with no one getting shot that would be a step in the right direction. Make the story as deep and psychological as possible. Make it so emotional that all the critics write how much of a surprise it is. Isn't that the best feeling? To surprise everyone? People will think the deathwish remake is just another B movie revenge flick, so why not make it INSANELY original, hire some creative writers from television (LOST, 24 or Deadwood) to help you with it. I'm rambling but tv is so much more creative STORYWISE than film is these days. To get that creative talent behind a deathwish remake would be unprecedented. So at the end of the day, DONT make it a revenge structure we've seen before. Make it original, something we REALLY have not seen before, storywise. You do that people will write about how surprised they were by it and that draws the crowds and acclaim. Reinvent the revenge tale Mr. Stallone. Don't have the 3rd act be creative ways for the villians to die. Do something different that will emotionally impact the audience. I'm seeing Rocky Balboa opening night with my buddies. I think the box office will be most special for sure. Oh and I was wondering, any cool stories from the CAROLCO days with Mario Kassar & Andy vajna? Thanks again.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 11:57 p.m. CST

    DEATHWISH - talkback for Stallone

    by salamimansam

    Thanks for this. It has been a wonderful journey. You know, I always wanted Deathwish to be something more. It just seemed kind of perfunctory, his revenge. I love the twistyou are suggesting. I always wondered about the bobbies in London, and how they did it for so long without guns. Thought it was inspiring. It would be awesome if he starts his revenge without resorting to guns, and then it ramps up to him finally repaying his enemies in lead. Thank you. I can't wait for tomorrow.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 11:57 p.m. CST

    Closing shots

    by BillEmic

    I'm going to sad when this whole Q&A is over, but before the curtain drops I want to add my voice to the choir and say: thank you, Stallone, for your honesty, humor, and insight. This means the world to us fanboys, and it's really unprecedented that a big film star would do this sort of thing. Beyond your hilarious anecdotes about the movie biz, I have to say that much of your discussion on existence and loneliness struck a chord as well. Thank you for revealing this side of yourself; it's amazing to know that even someone as successful and talented as yourself struggles with feelings of isolation and self-doubt. Lastly, I look forward to seeing Rocky Balboa in theatres tomorrow!

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 12:04 a.m. CST

    Respectfully, please don't do "Deathwish."

    by Ray D

    I'm another in the camp that abhors most remakes. They rarely bring anything new to the movie and usually desecrate what made the movie loved to begin with. There are always exceptions, of course, so if you feel in your heart you must do it, then by all means do it. But I feel it would be a mistake. I'm sure you'd do a masterful job of it, but I don't see the need for a remake. Anyway, I just registered to tell you, Mr. Stallone, that you've brightened many of my days for most of my 37 years, and for that, I thank you. I'll be first in line on Friday night for Rocky Balboa. I've been looking forward to this since the day I heard it was going to be made. And thanks so much for doing these Q&As. That's just so cool.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 12:08 a.m. CST

    My Death Wish feedback

    by Binkysguy

    Cop is too pedestrian and not as remarkable as a 'civilian' going apeshit on the criminals. How about this...my wife is in the army and she does computers and communication. A lot of the people she works with are civilians who set up and maintain the systems alongside her (organization, intelligence, attention to detail). If one of the civilian contractors really wanted to he could swipe some weapons from the unit (explaining how the guy could procure some good weaponry) and being a computer geek type would definitely be more in keepimg with the original architecht idea and not quite as banal as a cop. A cop has too many advantages...training, years of dealing with violence. I think it would be more interesting to see a guy unaccustomed to violence try to rain it down on the evildoers. Just my opinion...

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 12:07 a.m. CST

    DEATHWISH reboot

    by TheOriginalBubblehead

    Wow, what a fantastic idea. I wholeheartedly agree with Mr. Stallone, the "good cop" who gets tweaked, by circumstance, into something... ELSE, is a fantastic angle and a fresh take on the character. In my mind's eye, this film needs to be about a journey the character takes -- perhaps from a risk-averse, to-this-point-in-his-career relatively rational, stoic, even somewhat aloof individual, who has always been able to keep from "getting dirty" on the job, towards being a somewhat reckless, devil-may-care, unpredictable beserker. Remember that wild-eyed look in Mel Gibson's eyes, in the first "Lethal Weapon," when he was practially BEGGING Murtaugh to end his suffering? THAT's what I'm talking about, tho Riggs was inarguably a more cartoonish version of what I hope Mr. Stallone would bring to the screen. I wonder, has Mr. Stallone seen Michael Ealy's performance in the second season of "Sleeper Cell"? Not to give too much away, but in the last episode of "American Terror," Darwyn, brought low by his trials and his enemies, experiences a "Fuck it" epiphany, and in that moment, he becomes the most dangerous weapon of all. The primary character in "DEATHWISH" should exemplify that state of mind, in a gritty and realistic fashion. Personally, I've been wanting to see a big-budget, ensemble re-make of "The Dirty Dozen" for a number of years, and I've always thought that Mr. Stallone, now that he's older and more world-worn, might just have the chops to protray Maj. Reisman. (He can do it if he's directed well, and if he UNDERACTS, like he did in "(Escape to) Victory," the first two "Rocky" films and "CopLand.") Anyone else want to see this?

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 12:08 a.m. CST

    There's gonna be a helluva void...

    by Brody77

    after the last round tomorrow! This site has never been so good. Jan 19th can't come quick enough - stupid release dates. Nice to see, even though my question wasn't picked, Sly still gave a little mention to WWE. Dunno about JCVD kicking Seagal's ass - though he couldn't really miss, it's gotten that big! Still, great story! PS - Your deathwish idea sounds very interesting, especially seeing as the original was a pile of balls (sorry to Charles Bronson, but it was, and so were the sequels.) A fresh slant with a decent director could do it justice - but if it turns out like Get Carter, you're in trouble!!

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 12:10 a.m. CST

    Sly's "Death Wish" and RB

    by WatchtheWatcher

    Sly, I plan to see "Rocky Balboa" at least three times this week. "And it better not leak, **shakes fist** er else." :) I tell ya, I'm gonna miss Adrian's expert ringside advice. Who can forget such gems as: "Hit him!" and the immortal: "Hit him back!" Remaking "Death Wish"? with the idea you have, I say do it, but don't call it "Death Wish". We don't need anymore remakes. If you'll recall in the original, Chuck Bronson didn't even start out blowing lowlifes away. He beat them like a Navaho rug with a sack of quarters (or was it oranges?). As Rocky would say: "Go for it." Oh and one last thing, you people need to lay off and get some actual perspective on "Rocky V". V is a fine movie. Now whether you have petty grievances like "he doesn't fight in a ring, boo-hoo" is up to you, but there is nothing wrong with V as a film. In fact, V is an actual film, whereas IV was an anthology of music videos with some dialogue thrown in between. And III was a (thoroughly entertaining) comic book.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 12:09 a.m. CST

    Deathwish and Thank You

    by Joshua Pantalleresco

    Sly, No one is really crazy about remakes, but if you have to do one, this isn't a bad way to go. The psychology behind it would be key. His family's deaths would have to be pretty traumatic in order to make the guy really consider going to the gun. I don't know if it could be a straight up action flick for the first part of it. But once you get him to the breaking point it'd be very intense. It could be done. Thank you very much for your anecdotes and inspiration. It's nice to hear someone actually talk to us dreamers and give some sage advice and humor. I'd love to have a beer with you someday. Thank you very much. Looking forward to Rocky Balboa. I have to admit I haven't been this excited about a movie for a long time. It looks great. JP

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 12:11 a.m. CST

    sly does know jackie chan

    by troutpencil

    Whatever the press says he has to, and they have to be friends, because in Tango & Cash Sly used the Chan scene from Police Story, facing off against a bus with a revolver. That was borrowed rather than stolen, I remember reading that.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 12:10 a.m. CST

    WatchtheWatcher

    by Brody77

    The only good thing about 'V' was the end fight - some very cool moves by Stallone there. Still, you're entitled to your opinion & I won't grudge you it. (oh, Tommy Gunn was a cockend)

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 12:15 a.m. CST

    Deathwish is a perfect Stallone vehicle.

    by darthbinks1220

    I loved the original with Charles Bronson. The sequel were ghastly, but there's something to be taken from them........ Eric Clapton's guitar rift from Deathwish 2 & 3. Also, everyone is boo-hooing remakes. True, most are god-awful. As Sly said here, though, it removes some uncertainty in the filmmaking process. Can Mr. Stallone pull off this remake? He just knocked Rocky SIX out of the park. So my answer is, well, yes! I would anticipate this new version of Death Wish as much as Rob Zombie's upcoming "Halloween" reimaging. Both stories are timeline, imho.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 12:21 a.m. CST

    timeless

    by darthbinks1220

    Both stories are timeless, imho.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 12:19 a.m. CST

    Hope ya read this Sly

    by snomusic

    My tech support job was outsourced to India 5 months ago (2nd time in a row) and unemployment barely covers the bills - especially now that Winter has hit ($200 bucks for electricity?!) so my movie going consists of borrowing friends DVD's or waiting til a show is re-run at the $1.50 house, But you have been a great, stand up guy by doing all this and I really feel as if you asked me personally to go see it, so for the first time since Sin City came out, I will be paying full price for a movie. Gosh - and the first time I've seen a movie on it's opening day since....The Phantom Menace? Geez, I need a job....

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 12:39 a.m. CST

    Sly, I got atleast 8 confirmed for opening night.

    by montessaurus

    my parents and my girlfriend's family were on the fence about the new movie, so i told them about how bold and true you've been on with us talkbackers and it put them over the top. words can't even describe how thankful i am to you for the colorful andecdotes, the insightful dialogue on the moviemaking process, the asshole-ness of Richard Gere and Robert Evans. utter cunts. any influence on Willis or Arnie to participate in a Q&A would be super cool, but please do come back for Rambo. you sir, are a national treasure.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 12:42 a.m. CST

    DEATHWISH REMAKE?

    by WISEBLOOD

    If Sly's in it, I'm there. I think it's a great idea. One point, if you're reading, Sly...Before this Q&A, I always liked Rocky 1,2, and 3, I actually really liked Rhinestone and Demolition Man, and I LOVED First Blood and liked Rambo, but I never would have called myself a Stallone fan. YOU HAVE CHANGED THAT. At first, when I read that you would be doing this, I thought "What a chump, it's a marketing ploy"...and I'm sure it is, in a way...but I can tell that it was done from the heart and with the right motivation. Through this Q&A, I've seen something in your answers that I didn't expect and I have to admit now I look at all of your films through a new lens. You are one of a kind, my man. Keep up the good work, and I'll be there on opening day, and take a date on opening weekend. PEACE, ROCK. ONE NEW FAN.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 12:47 a.m. CST

    "andecdotes"

    by montessaurus

    ha! i'm so wasted.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 12:50 a.m. CST

    I'd see your *Deathwish* remake....

    by lynxpro

    Mr. Stallone, I'd love to see you remake it. I hope you already bought up the rights to it, because if not, the rights are going to be expensive after the trades pick up on this question of yours. Funny, I rewatched the movie a few months ago, and the production values (Canon Pictures?) seemed to be at the syndicated television level of the time. Very standard camera work. So if you can tighten up the script, then I'm sure you could totally pull it off and make a much better film than the original and not take much flack online from people with rose-tinted glasses for B grade material of yesteryear. I mean, the remake of *Gone in 60 Seconds* certainly was much much better than the original film. I'm still curious to know if that internet rumor of you being a classic *Doctor Who* fan is true or was some made up dross from The Sun back in the mid 90s. And if you consider yourself a better painter than Billy Dee Williams...

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 12:49 a.m. CST

    Re: Deathwish Remake

    by deacon27

    I like the idea of a Deathwish remake with Stallone. However, I'd urge him to focus on character -- ala "Cop Land" -- and less on off-the-wall action like a Rambo movie. The heart of "Deathwish" is the internal struggle, which is what Sly seems to already have a handle on. The action should be secondary to the strain this man is going through. Especially with this twist of having a decorated officer known for his ability to apprehend criminals without a firearm. I can see him carrying the weapon with him, fully intending to use it. But will he? The moral dilemma would fuel the entire film and leave the audience on its collective toes.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 1:01 a.m. CST

    When will Harry & Mori give their analysis of Rocky 6

    by TJ50

    When will Harry & Mori give their analysis of Rocky 6.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 1:14 a.m. CST

    I've been visiting this site for nearly ten years.

    by Azlam Orlandu

    And this has to be the finest thing ever on AICN by far. I've really enjoyed the candid responses from Mr. Stallone more than anything else I've ever read here. Thanks for working this out Harry!

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 1:19 a.m. CST

    I'd pay $10 to see Stallone in Death Wish

    by Marv Spaulding

    Better yet, maybe a Terminator movie like that stand-up Blockbuster ad in Last Action Hero. I'm not really serious about that though. You've done remakes before Sly. Get Carter? Michael Caine may not be a big strong motherfucker like you are, but I guess that movie shows that muscles aren't all that's needed to be a badass. Hell, Clint Eastwood is a badass and he's always been scrawny. As long as you're true to yourself, who gives a fuck? Your Get Carter remake wasn't nearly as bad as you make it sound. I enjoyed watching it on Cinemax. Fuck dude, I watched "Stop Or My Mom Will Shoot" in theaters as a kid. Then again, that movie kinda rode on the Golden Girls bandwagon, so your involvement can't really atrribute to it's badassery, now can it Sly? Haha, seriously though, I'm a child of the '80's, and in my eyes, men like Sylvester Stallone, Arnie and Bruce Willis can do no wrong. I have pictures of me as Rambo for halloween when I was like 6 years old with a shitty vinyl mask. Deathwish could only be remade by someone like you, no one else.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 1:23 a.m. CST

    i am taking 20 of my friends to the Rocky opening

    by Bob C. Cock

    i will not let this movie go unnoticed; i seriously fogged up thinking about how much the Rocky series has moved me.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 1:36 a.m. CST

    I think we are all so drunk with excitement that.......

    by Cotton McKnight

    we aren't appreciating some of the really great anecdotes this round. I thought the last one was great but this one tops them all. That Van Damme/Segal story was a classic. And I love how Sly doesn't do the cop out thing and say "let's just say they were 2 famous martial arts stars in the 80-90s". I HATE it when celebrities do that. Mr. Stallone obviously has good manners and won't tell a story that is hurtful towards someone, but there is nothing wrong with telling a funny story like that. Maybe he is redefining the celebrity/fan relationship as we speak.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 1:40 a.m. CST

    DEATHWISH

    by antonphd

    I think that the cop approach is good. Being a cop in someplaces seems like you must have a deathwish. But this is a cop who's not like that. He hasn't looked for death. I'm brainstorming here, but, my only worry is that cops don't have the respect they used to have. What if the bad dudes are corrupt cops. Your guy has spent his whole carreer keeping the peace without violence and the first time he has to use violence it's against bad cops. Maybe he turned in some of them for being violent. Then when they kill his family and he goes to get them he's got the two minds about how he turned them in for violence while he's about to do the same... and standing up against violence got his family killed, but now to avenge them he's becoming what killed them. and this leaves a lot of room for some very smart manuevering by your guy to get these guys since they are cops. he isn't just going to walk in and shoot them. well, maybe it comes to that. but this is a much more complex journey than a peaceful cop going off on low life's for killing his family. low life's aren't black and white enough anymore to do that. so. you gotta use criminals that still evoke the black and white sense of justice. bad cops have zero excuse. they are entrusted with our peace and safety and these guys violate and betray that. everything your guys stood up and fought for in a peaceful way his whole life is violated and betrayed by these bad guys. this is a good story to tell. I think if you go that aproach.. and I think you SHOULD use the title Deathwish because it's powerful if used correctly... this guy's a peaceful guy about to go against very powerful bad guys... he must have a Deathwish to be doing that. That's my brainstorm. I look forward to tomorrow. You are the best! We'll definitely be happy to put our $10 toward making this first weekend a big hit for you!

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 1:40 a.m. CST

    Get Wayne Kramer to direct your DEATH WISH 3000

    by Rex Manning

    Mr Stallone, I believe a Death Wish remake could be extremely interesting as the original is a 'flawed classic' that would fascinating to re-sculpt in a modern setting. My advice would be to get a solid director behind it (if not yourself). Please checkout this year's RUNNING SCARED, the director of which WAYNE KRAMER wouldbe perfect. JOHN DAHL, KEITH GORDON or JOHN MOSTOW could be interesting too.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 1:41 a.m. CST

    Wow,homework too!!!!!!

    by proper

    I started to rewatch Death Wish the other day,The Direction was shoddy and aspects of the film showed a lack of psychology esp where the daughter was concerned so I gave the last hour a miss and watched the football,bummer,if I knew this was coming I would've watched the whole thing again.If Kersey was a policeman then maybe if you did it where Mrs Kersey or his children died in an violent attack previously and the he brought up the children/lived with his wife supressing the rage,anger,sadness etc and trying to get on with life believing that violence is wrong and having the respect of his colleagues for his pacifist stance etc and then x amount of years later the older children/wife were harmed because of his teachings/acceptance,that could be the catalyst with Kersey's world view being proved wrong and having a Death Wish based on the collapse of his worldview....dunno just a quick think through.Vern may have a Death Wish based on that Seagal story,I may have to mediate if it gets ugly,personally I'd of kicked Jean Claude in the Van Dammes when he tried that multi angle high kick on the 3rd camera angle =>.You would've been a great Punisher esp at this age,try and read the latest comics,I enjoy those.Have a good day.........

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 1:55 a.m. CST

    OK everyone, we are far enough down the TB you can stop

    by Alonzo Mosely

    blowing Stallone... You are all doing it wrong anyway, you need to cradle the balls and work the shaft...

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 1:57 a.m. CST

    DEATHWISH Part 2

    by antonphd

    Sorry for the rambling brainstorm above. If you want me to write a real pitch for Deathwish you can email me. I'm sure Harry has my email from my signup for this. Did I just actually write that? Hey. I have balls of steel. Yes, it's because my wife crushed my real balls years ago. OK. They are actually silicon, but they are shiny like steel. I make games for a living. What can I say? I don't need real steel balls. In the land of no balls, the geek with shiney squishy balls is still king. Alright. It may be time for some sleep for me.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 2 a.m. CST

    Deathwish

    by trilobyte

    Remake it? Hell yeah! Change the character's occupation from architect to cop? That seems really lame to me. And not just from the standpoint of altering the source material, but how many countless good cop breaks down and gets revenge movies are there? And do we need any more? I think the answer is no. Keep him an architect, or change his career, but please not another revenge cop movie. I think the story would work better if he was an everyman. Thanks again for taking the time and energy to do this. Cheers! ~Trilo~

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 2:17 a.m. CST

    I'm there, Sly!!

    by Acappellaman

    From the first moment I heard Rocky Balboa was finally going to get made, I was about as happy as I've ever been in my life. While filming and production were happening and opening day crept closer and closer, I've become more and more excited. More excited, in pure honesty, then the coming of Christmas itself. I'm very proud of the way you've stood your ground and stuck by your vision for Rocky Balboa. My wife and I will be there tomorrow (well, later today, to be more accurate). We're more than happy to give you the Christmas gift you're asking for. I wish you a HUMONGOUS opening weekend. I want to hear all these naysayers apologize to you after Rocky rocks the world once again. I. Can't. Wait! FYI, my wife is about as excited about this as I am. Rocky has more fans out there than I think anybody ever realized. Some people, like myself, wear it on their sleaves with no shame at all. Others wait for the frenzy to erupt before admitting to it. To quote Paulie, "Now go out dere n' knock his teeth in!"

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 2:38 a.m. CST

    Plot is more similar to Destry than Deathwish

    by ravenclaw

    The idea of having a cop or "law enforcer" who doesn't use weapons, then has his beliefs challanged, sounds a lot like Destry Rides Again. I'm of the same mind as some who thinks it would be better not to do a movie based on Deathwish but rather call it something else. A modern day Destry Rides Again would be an Awesome idea, though. But Sly, I'd rather see you in the role of an aging mentor to an upcoming young gun. Like Connery in the Untouchables. You're such a larger than life personality, who commands great respect, I'd love to see you take down young punks like Damon or McConaughey and show them a thing or two.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 2:44 a.m. CST

    Death Wish

    by EyeofPolyphemus

    Placing an emphasis on the good cop's moral struggle to remain human after losing his family could be a fascinating psuchological drama. The general plotline has been done to death when the main character suddenly drops his entire personality and becomes some sort of invincible killing machine with nothing but revenge on his mind. I am not even sure that would fly these days.~~~~~It sounds like the idea for Rambo IV in reverse. Rather than trying to humanize the inbumane Rambo, the humanity of a good cop is being taken away. an interesting thought as long as it is not a paint by numbers story.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 2:46 a.m. CST

    I love the first two Death Wish movies...

    by Sledge Hammer

    ...And I tolerate the others, despite the laws of diminishing returns and ever evaporating quality, solely on the stregth of the man who was Paul Kersey, one Charles Bronson. That said, I've been waiting for a Death Wish remake, not just because I think it's enevitable, but also because it has those two prime ingredients - A great title, and a simple, but powerful, core concept. It's gonna happen, but when it does I just hope it's done right.<p> First up I think the cop twist is a solid idea, especially if he's well established as a good cop, a pacifist-type cop. I mean regardless of what Hollywood will have you believe, most cops in most places rarely need to draw their guns, and are even more rarely required to actually fire them. Add to which personally I'm of the belief that there's no point in doing a remake *unless* you plan to change it up and do a different take or spin on the original core concept. <p>And to me it's no coincidence that the very best remakes are films that took the original core concept and then took it a different way than what the original film did, remakes that took that original core idea and concept and then made it their own. Films such as John Carpenter's The Thing, or Cronenberg's The Fly, or Leone's Fistful Of Dollars, or Sturges Magnificent Seven, or DePalma's Scarface, or Cameron's True Lies, or Kaufman's Invasion Of The Body Snatchers. The worst remakes are those that are too beholden to the original films, that remake them, lock stock and barrell. <p>The ultimate example of this is Van Sant's Psycho remake. There is absolutely no point for this film to exist, it's a paint-by-numbers carbon copy of the original, only minus Anthony Perkins and Hitchcock. It brings nothing new of it's own, adds nothing. It's the epitome of a lazy remake without any point or reason, other than to cash in on the original film's good name and reputation. Personally, give me a remake that tries to add something new and fails over one that merely photocopies the original in order to play cash in any day. At least the former had a reason for being, even if ultimately it failed at it's task.<p>So Sly, you have this Death Wish fan's blessing to go forth and remake, just do it right, give it it's own spin, and be respectful of the original. Take that core concept and go in your own direction with it. Take what works and then add your own spin to it. And I actually think something like this would be a great role for you, especially if you take a leaf out of Bronson's book and don't play it too physical, too 'tough guy', so hopefully you're considering that. <p>I would suggest that you don't use the Paul Kersey name as the main character's name, if you don't seek to replace Bronson in that way then it'll likely be better recieved by fans, and could then be viewed alongside the others almost as a continuation or companion piece to the original, rather than trying to take their place, as well as a film in it's own right. It'd also be nice if in a nod of the hat during the investigation into this new vigilate that Paul Kersey's vigilante was mentioned in some regard. Hell, cops are well known to have the hobby of having a dead or cold case that they investigate or try to solve on their free time, so why not have this cop's hobby being investigating the original Death Wish vigilante, who eventually disappeared never to be heard of again, after one hell of a body count. And of course Paul Kersey was always a prime suspect, though nothing could ever be proven. It'd also give a spark to the reasoning of the cop to go all vigilante himself after his own tragedy struck, taking inspiration from Kersey. Just a thought.<p>Whatever you choose to do next Sly, I wish you well, and I look forward to both new Rocky and Rambo films.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 2:49 a.m. CST

    Deathwish

    by hiperaktiv

    You should perhaps not even have the character a cop at all, make him something sweet and rosy, something like a high school teacher. A pure guy with no experience handling a gun or killing people whatsoever. So when the guys wife and daughter are raped and killed, he turns down a paranoid circle, into guns, and then he starts killing young crims in his neighbourhood. I imagine the ultimate scene and emotional breakpoint would be when he shoots into a group of crims only to find out that his dead victim is one of his current students. I dont know, i wouldnt dismiss the idea of a Deathwish remake like i usually dismiss other remakes. I just feel that a Deathwish remake should take a more mature and morally redeeming turn, perhaps ending in tragedy for the main character. All the best with Rocky Balboa Sly.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 3:01 a.m. CST

    New Deathwish=Gold

    by Yommers

    First off, I am most definitely going to see Rocky Balboa this weekend no matter what. Having grown up and lived my entire life in Philly, Rocky holds a special place in my life. Who would I be to miss the last, and perhaps best, installment in the series. I came by and was one of those many fans at the premiere, andjust to be there was fantastic. As for the Deathwish idea, I am totally behind it. The only thing that should be required is Jeff Goldblum making a cameo at some point. I certainly enjoyed the original, but given today's standards there was a cerain level of 'campy-ness' that began to irk me by the end. If you, Stallone, played a hard-boiled cop that reached his wit's end when his family was attacked, I think you could give the premise the treatment it deserves. I look forward to the day when AICN gives us the scoop on it being picked up. Thanks again for all the great Q&A. You're the man, and Cliffhanger is my favorite!

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 3:09 a.m. CST

    Can't wait for Rocky Balboa to open here in New Zealand

    by gunnafan

    Hey Sly thanks heaps for doing these Q&As and Thanks also for answering my question! (Question 7, Round 9 - The one on Paradise Alley) I can't wait for Rocky Balboa to open here in New Zealand, but I guess I'll have to as it doesn't get released here till January 11 - But some publicity for the movie is already arriving in the form of your interviews for the American media on the movie getting played on our News!

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 3:11 a.m. CST

    Death Wish

    by veritasses

    I only saw Death Wish once and it was a long, long time ago so I hope I’m recalling the right movie. I should also note that I think it’s very difficult for outsiders like us to make useful comments about “what if” scenarios without having a clear understanding of all the other changes that are being considered. Since we can really only make comments about the ideas that are in our own head, whatever comments we give you may not be relevant at all to the things you already have in mind. I think Death Wish “worked” because of 1. the era in which it was made (which had a higher crime rate) 2. the willingness of the society/people at the time to accept the idea of a vigilante-hero and 3. Charles Bronson’s mug which sort of has that natural look of “a weary soul who doesn’t have anything to lose so will readily kick anyone’s ass yet, has something deep in him which is likable” sort of machismo. Given that, I think Death Wish might be a tough movie to remake successfully in this day and age unless it’s altered significantly. But ever since they took that awful, cheesy 80’s TV show Battlestar Galactia and turned it into an absolute masterpiece 20 years later I’m under the impression that anything is possible. Story wise Death Wish kept things simple. It had the “everyman” man Kersey, it had a brutal crime that sparks Kersey’s transformation into a vigilante and it had simple villains for Kersey to vent his mind numbingly brutal rage. I think changing Kersey’s occupation from a quiet, boring architect to a cop is a pretty big change. It basically takes the peaceful “everyman” husband/father/office worker (that most of us can relate to) who knows absolutely nothing of violence and turns him into someone who deals with violence and criminals day in and day out. So the shock factor the audience feels when Kersey’s family is killed/raped will be diminished to a certain degree… Not because families of cops are more acceptable as targets of violence but rather because the mental/emotional/spiritual change Kersey has to go through to go from “the average family man” to “slightly unstable killing machine” is so great, we can’t help but feel the pain of this poor cursed man. We can empathize with the ordinary man who lost everything that meant anything to him and understand why he only has death and revenge on his mind now. A cop – even a peace loving one – going through the same transformation won’t be seen as that big of a change because the nature of the job is one that deals with violence. So even though he may never have used his gun before, the fact that the option to use his gun was always available to him is enough to subdue the emotional impact on the audience when he fires the first shot. However, since you mentioned the more complex moral dilemma dimension to the character, I can see how this part of the story doesn’t need to play as critical a role. The moral dilemma aspect has many interesting possibilities and can easily pull the movie into several new directions and give the remake a distinctly different tone from the somewhat mindless violence of the original. But if your intention is to make this dilemma the centerpiece then I’d have to say that this by itself might be a tough theme to carry an entire movie. You’d probably at least have to add several layers to the dilemma and reveal each layer slowly over several different scenes with each reveal making the dilemma a struggle that’s increasingly difficult to deal with. This way you could steadily increase the tension of the main conflict throughout the entire movie instead of trying to hold the whole movie together with an interesting but somewhat static, standard, one dimensional, man vs himself conflict. A strong antagonist who has a reason for Kersey to feel even more conflicted would be intresting too. But it’s really hard to comment about this without knowing more of the details. I think audiences are far more sophisticated these days and the idea of a complex, character driven Bronson movie remake sounds like an interesting idea. Maybe someone like David Fincher directing. I think this would be a very ambitious, difficult project to pull off but if anyone can do it, I know it’s you. Best of luck. Don't foget, we'll always be in your corner cheering you on.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 3:16 a.m. CST

    Here is a movie idea for you, Sly!

    by Talkbacker with no name

    It's about an internet geek who slags your movies off in talkbacks so you go gunning for him! You could call it - AK-47. <p>seriously though, I've loved every minute of these Q+A's. Can't wait to see Rocky Balboa!

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 3:23 a.m. CST

    the key to new Deathwish is the assault

    by chien_sale

    on the lead character's love ones. It has to be hard to watch Jodie Foster's The Accused style. With that sort of unbearable brutality. So the character can go all out crazy on these guys with 100% of the audience support.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 3:31 a.m. CST

    Bruce Willis Q&A

    by Goldrunner04

    Bruce Willis did a long running Q&A for the fans at the messageboard on his official homepage. If this wasn´t enough, he also meets his fans from the board after one of his concerts. But after 2 years, the board was closed and shortly after that, the whole site was unavaible... PS: Sorry for my english

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 3:39 a.m. CST

    Deathwish sounds interesting...

    by KillaKane

    Nice slant on the Charlie B character, and not so hallowed a film as to preclude a makeover. Go SLY!

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 3:43 a.m. CST

    Feedback that you asked for

    by Luke Alright

    Yo Sly I've never seen deathwish, but that brief plot outline which you gave, seemed really interesting, and isn't just the old 'maverick cop who breaks the rules but gets results' kinda plot...it's actually quite unique, and does offer an intriguing moral dilemna, which a lot of films don't do nowadays! Go for it, life don't end at 60... If you felt that advice was any good you know, can you please give a shout-out to my common law girlfriend Adrienne. She lives in Glasgow, and i live in Oxford, England and it's like we were perfect for each other, it's just the distance which is stopping us, it's sooooooo hard to have a long distance relationship, but she means a lot to me. But in February i'm going that distance to see Rocky Balboa with her, and i know an AMAZING Christmas present would be a brief shout-out like 'Yo Adrienne, it's Sly Stallone' or something! I know you have thousands of fans wanting similiar things, but you know it would really mean a lot. But you're awfully busy so i ain't gonna expect it :P Thanks for all the years of entertainment, emotion and determination via the medium of the Rocky series! Luke Gray, England, pesfanatic@hotmail.com

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 4:06 a.m. CST

    Death Wish Remake

    by VoxMillennium

    Mr. Stallone, a Deathwish Remake I believe would insure a boxoffice bomb. The only way it could succeed is to improve on the weak points of the original: characterization and acting quality. In the original you hardly care about the death's of Kersey's family since they get a very short and superficial introduction and are subsequently killed off. Give them background and make the audience care for them. It will increase empathy with Kersey tremendously. The good cop variant is ok. A good plot point I'd consider: The killer is not a psychopath but a hit and run driver, who's not your average villain but a family man himself having made a very bad decision in a moment of panic. Kersey finds out who killed his family. Before he can do anything the guy is arrested, ironically falsley, for a different offense, like a mugging or something. The guy is looking at a few years in some prison, by with he is out of reach for Kersey's revenge who doesn't have solid enough proof that the guy has killed his family. In short, to exact his revenge, he has to get the guy off the mugging rap. He decides to give testimoney and provide an alibi to get him off as he was stalking him at the time so knows where he was at. The murderer, being innocent of the mugging, thinks Kersey really is his alibi and after the trial wants to thank him. Kersey pretends to be his friend and invites him to his summerhouse somewhere in the wilderniss. There he plans to exact revenge and have nobody know about it. Unfortunately the guy also brings his wife along. What will Kersey do now? Especially when it turns out she's pregnant?

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 4:07 a.m. CST

    seagal...

    by JimmyJoe RedSky

    couldve probably taken van damme - he probably didnt want to fight because grown men that make 20+mil a year shouldnt get into fist fights - it can effect your career (highly paid actor dependant on his looks and body) and bring huge lawsuits - van damme challenged chuck zito the same way once and got his ass kicked - jean claude wound up on the floor in the fetal position - you gotta wonder about a guy that goes around picking fights - van damme sounds like a douche - funny how now van damme and seagal movies are all straightt to dvd - also - another reason we never saw a big action movie with all these guys is $ - what would it have cost in 90s dollars - 300 million? - more? - would they all take a giant pay cut in order to work together? - also - sly's "death wish" remake idea sounds like it could work - especially if he goes for stone cold realism - would he star? - thats a movie id love to see

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 4:18 a.m. CST

    crotch tartar

    by v for vienetta

    Thanks again Sly! Hope you're back again soon.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 4:22 a.m. CST

    VoxMillenium is right...

    by JimmyJoe RedSky

    the first 30-45 minutes of this new "death wish" would have to be all about the family (and the fathers non-violent past) - then the assault would have a serious impact on the audience

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 5:09 a.m. CST

    Death Wish Concept

    by Average J.

    Let me put my writers mind to work. A remake (or update) of the “Death Wish” concept could be very interesting. I don’t know if I would go with the cop angle, though. I just feel as if it’s been done to death and just don’t know if it’s terribly interesting. But if you wanted to split the difference between the law enforcement angle and the regular ‘Joe’ angle, what do you think of this – A police psychologist (a peaceful, highly intelligent and educated family man) who deals with violent criminals, studies to understand their motives and even tries to help rehabilitate them. He makes it his life to help cure and infuse these people back into society - until one of them slaughters his family. This pushes that person over the edge and gives them a different outlook on the problem. Now instead of curing them, the person sets out to eliminate them before they can hurt anyone else. He uses his wits, inside knowledge of the criminals working mind, not to mention all of his connections on the police force to accomplish his goals and not get caught. Also, instead of solely using a gun to kill these fiends, he has another and more powerful instrument – his mind. He can devise interesting ways to off these people, some of which, maybe we haven’t seen before. You can make this movie more of a psychological thriller instead of another shoot-em-up (not that you wouldn’t want to have a bit of that as well in order to appease fans of the original.) If you really wanted to put a major spin on the whole thing, make the protagonist a woman. Her husband and children were the ones who were killed. It could give the thing a type of femme fatale angle. And that would be my two cents on a slightly (or significantly) different spin on the “Death Wish” series. (I wish you the best of luck on the opening of Rocky this week, Mr. Stallone. I will fight the crowds and be there.)

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 5:18 a.m. CST

    Deathwish

    by DrSurvey

    Seems that the problem lies from the cop never shooting his gun before, but that he has had the training. Well the other way around that is to set it in a country where the Polis do not carry weapons. Namely Britain, namely Scotland, namely Glasgow. Watch Unleashed (ok, it was an ok movie) for how well Glasgow can host a movie :)

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 5:21 a.m. CST

    Deathwish remake

    by snomusic

    Honestly I would prefer you show that Hollywood doesn't have to do remakes and not do one. If ya do so anyway, don't try and copy Bronson's mustache ;o) Personally, the rape scene from the original scarred me for awhile when I saw it when I was 12 years old (so THAT'S what the rating system is for) Since decent cops are rare anymore and crooked ones are punished by taking weeks off paid and prosecutors never prosecute them, it would just be too unrealistic to me and Death Wish is grounded in gritty reality. But I'd watch it if you were in it. I'd really like to see you in great roles that show off your acting chops like in Copland with other heavyweights, or action comedy like Tango and Cash, you do banter quite well in that (although "Is that a proposal?" always seems to fall flat when I see it) as well as in Dredd and Demolition Man. Don't sell yourself short on the comedy, man - yer funny. Have ya thought of doing a mentoring role ala Morgan Freeman in Se7en? Heck! Do movie with Morgan Freeman! Or Sam Jackson - that's be sweeeeet...I also think it'd be cool to see you try at least 2 more villain roles that are real villains, not in a kids movie. OK, enough dreaming. Thanks a lot for answering part of my question about Assasins, my personal favorite non-Rocky movie. Thanks loads for doing this and especially, thank you for asking for our feedback and ya know why we really got this love for ya Sly? THANK YOU for reading the talkbacks! As busy as you are promoting your new film, etc - that takes a lot more time than answering 10 questions a day and yer awesome for it. A celebrity geek throne has been created in your honor. I'm gonna sound like a dork to the folks at the theatre tommorow "Sly invited me to see his film" Anyway, if ya need any computer work done, Harry's got my email....

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 5:26 a.m. CST

    BringingSexyBack - thanks man

    by snomusic

    I appreciate the sentiment. I consider it a test of my faith. Boy, am I failing - lol

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 5:37 a.m. CST

    Deathwish - exactly what you have if you remake!

    by The Equalizer

    Sly, thanks for the fantastic Q&A sessions. I've really enjoyed the read and feel almost that I know you on a more personal level! Even though I'm stuck in a room on the Southbank of the Thames fixing a PC! I think I can speak for the majority of true film lovers when I say that I'm tired of remakes. It's Hollywood's answer to not having any imagination anymore. Okay, The Departed was fantastic, but that's about the only exception. Maybe you should take a look at a film that came out a couple of years ago, it was called 'Get Carter'. you may be familiar with it! All the best, Tom

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 5:58 a.m. CST

    DEATHWISH won't work if Kersey's a cop...

    by Messiahman

    Hey Sly, I have to agree with the others here who've expressed doubt on recasting the character of Paul Kersey as a cop, rather than an average Joe. The key to the original film (and indeed the key to all dramatic writing) is the character's utter transformation in the face of tragedy. Kersey was a pacifist and a thinker whose social status completely insulated him from the sordid criminal world. When violent crime finally knocking, it shocked him into a drastic change that he never even would've considered otherwise. If you make him a cop who is already versed in dealing with violent crime, you're weakening the character arc considerably, dulling the righteous rage felt by someone who considered himself segregated from this seedy underbelly. When Kersey picks up that gun for the first time, it's a monumental step in his character. As a cop, it wouldn't be that much of shift. Regardless, I think you'd be spot on for a remake -- but toying with the formula too much may well rob it of its impact.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 6:02 a.m. CST

    Do the remake, but don't call it Death Wish!

    by DerLanghaarige

    The people like rip-off's more than remakes these days ;)

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 6:29 a.m. CST

    DeathWish Remake

    by Dr.Zeus

    I'd have to say right off hand Mr. S, "Remakes are generally a bad idea." But that's only my opinion. There's only been a "very few" times when the remake has surpassed the original film. And it's because of all that "extra baggage" you have to carry around, as well as trying to bring a fresh new approach to the material. It seems to me, the storyline that you described is a different enough take on the material, that you could just give it a different title and not carry that weight...so to speak. It's the "Godzilla Dilemma!" Example: Godzilla 97 made around 400 million worldwide. And yet everybody acts like they didn't see it, and they hated it. That attitude comes from "all the baggage it had to carry by using Godzilla as its title." But I bet any amount of money that if they would have just called it "Big Monster", or "Stomp New York", or even "The beast from 20,000 Fathoms." Hell, everybody would have thought it was the greatest thing since peanut butter and jelly! But of course, you are Mr.S., and the embodiment of Rocky and Rambo. And errr...probably just as head strong as those characters you write. So Yo, go for it! ;)

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 6:34 a.m. CST

    Not sure about the remake idea

    by Prisonrules

    I mean if you make Kersey a cop, you may as well call it a Punisher remake instead of Deathwish. The fact that Kersey was an Architect is what made the film work in my opinion. I mean if you don't want him to be an architect make him so other...non-militant style profession...such as an accountant or something... Thank you Mr. Stallone for even asking for my opinion. I've enjoyed your films immensely...and look forward to your future endeavors. I do have a question...what is Rambo IV going to be called...I mean I've always had a problem with the Rambo films because of the titles... We've got First Blood....then Rambo, First Blood Part 2....and then Rambo 3.....in fact, the third film should have been called Rambo 2, First Blood part 3...am I right??

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 6:39 a.m. CST

    A True Legend

    by Rocky4

    These past 20 days have been absolutely fantastic getting a chance to learn about someone who has been such a role model and icon. It's such a shame it has to end really. Can't wit for the next run of Q & A - hope it's sooner rather than later.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 6:49 a.m. CST

    I agree with the othes,Sly don't do a Death Wish remake

    by Rain505

    Yeah, I agree with most other talkbackers, that a Death Wish remake would be a mistake, especially with Kevin Bacon's new film Death Sentence coming out in 2007 (as someone already pointed out) basically updating the story, as it's from the DW book's author. Oceans 11 with George Clooney worked, because the original film was so extremely bad and had poorly executed a good story. Al Pacino is currently attached to an unnecessary remake of Rififi.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 7:01 a.m. CST

    A True Showman

    by FearlessJay

    He just leaves us wanting more.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 7 a.m. CST

    Deathwish=Deathwish

    by Dazzler69

    Yes do your version with the cop but don't use the title Deathwish, people hate remakes with same name. Give credit somewhere of course, but do your own movie and let other people make the comparisions. It seems anything that looks like a remake is doomed from the start for box office cash. There has to be a title you can use that looks oringial. I am not sure if there was an orginal book on this or not, maybe use that, but if it's set in modern times use a different title. Believe me people take notice on that! Good luck with Rocky! I am going this week to help the blip in the box office. And all you AICN's leave the torrents alone on this one capeesh?!?!?

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 7:20 a.m. CST

    Deathwish remake..

    by ZaphodBeeblerox

    Sly, You've proven that you have the capability to create memorable characters with their own internal struggles in dealing with the problems that life throws their way. I think that you could do a good job with that type of story with the right people involved. Though I would honestly just use the idea behind the Death Wish film rather then an actual 'remake'. As an aside, after I get out of work early today, I'm grabbing my 15 year old son and we're heading out to see Rocky Balboa before dinner today. I'm already hyped here at work! Thank you for all of the years of enjoyment that you have provided me personally through your films and for showing that its possible to be a celebrity and still be down to earth. You have my respect and thats not something I can say of many people in the entertainment business. Merry Christmas to you and your family and best wishes for a 2007 filled with health, happiness and prosperity. PS: Been a lurker on this site for years, but only this talkback has lured me out of the woodwork for my first post. :-)

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 7:28 a.m. CST

    Last word on Dredd

    by half vader

    At least it gave us the incredible Chris Cunningham/Halls. Mean Machine and ABC Warrior rawked. I wonder if Sly has seen Rubber Johnny?! Too bad Balboa doesn't have a big show scene like 4 but directed by Cunningham a-la 'Windowlicker' the Aphex Twin video!! Then you'd truly have to say you got your money's worth.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 7:33 a.m. CST

    NY POST = ass rash inducing toilet paper

    by triplefive

    might as well read the Weekly World News.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 7:34 a.m. CST

    and id rather see Westworld over Deathwish

    by triplefive

    or how about Westwish? ooooo! or Deathworld!! that sounds awesome!

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 7:41 a.m. CST

    For DEATH WISH he could be a firefighter

    by Mace Tofu

    Americans are not fans of Cops these days but Firefighters we love. This way he could be someone who saves people for a living (and with your build Sly you look more like a firefighter than a teacher). Just think of the fun you can have with a AXE and FIREHOSE at night with those punks. Plus later in the film you could get into a scene where while at work you have to save one of the men you want to kill. Could be some good dramathere... GOOD LUCK AT THE BOX OFFICE THIS WEEKEND!

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 7:42 a.m. CST

    "As for the current President..."

    by rollermonkey

    I love that Sly avoids him just like Schwarzenegger himself does.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 7:43 a.m. CST

    Nostalgia and The Remake....

    by theheavy

    Nothing holds more power over a human being more than the memory of a great moment,thats why remakes and sequels are so prevelant in the movie industry,..always trying to capture that "it" moment,.. that feeling after you left the theatre with your dad thinking "WOW" that was the coolest thing Ive ever seen ,and in turn thinking your Dad is the coolest guy to have taken you to see it. God knows I want to recreate those same type feelings within my son,..As a 34yr old whose seen the originals or the first of a series Im more often dissappointed as an adult with the result of remakes and sequels,..but I whole heartly support any Rocky film ,..I can take my 9yr old son to Rocky and he understands Rocky,..the never say die attitude,..the dont quit message.,,even the training montoges,..he gets it takes hard work to get the result you want ,so to have movies like that to show my son that are not only entertaining but carry a life lesson to boot,...Cmon and make more stuff like that,.. and in the process he thinks Im the coolest Dad ,???thats the bonus. Thanks for all the great escapism,..and making me feel I could do anything while being indestructible. TheHeavy

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 7:47 a.m. CST

    Sly, you are THE MAN. <raises a virtual pint>

    by Nephil

    Sly, this has been a fun ride. Thank you. I've always thought you weren't given enough credit as an actor and artist. I was planning to watch Rocky Balboa on DVD (it's tough to get to the theater with a toddler at home now), but I have been so impressed and entertained by these questions that I will make a point to see the movie in the theater. As for a new "Deathwish," although I like your angle, I echo the sentiment that people are generally tiring of remakes and want to see new material. That being said, I'm curious to see what you would do with the movie and I would definitely check it out. Best of luck, amigo.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 7:53 a.m. CST

    Why not bring Freddy Heflin back

    by DirkD13"

    For another story? I'd love to see that.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 8:01 a.m. CST

    Death Wish remake...

    by TylerDurden3395

    As much as I love the original Death Wish movies (Chuck B. is one of my all time favorite actors) I still believe it could be remade. However, (Mr. Stallone I hope you read this) I think casting an action hero would be a mistake. I think it would work better if it was someone considerably weaker (say Steve Buscemi) in the lead. I mean think about it, if he's on a "Death Wish" that makes him at least partially willing to die, so why not up the ante by making him very vunerable to the elements, having only his hatred and rage to sustain him through the movie. That's just my two cents...

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 8:01 a.m. CST

    Mr. Stallone...

    by just pillow talk

    I will continue to beat the dead horse here and say that these Q&A's have been fantastic, with your general insights and god damn funny stories. When I first heard about Rocky Balboa coming out, it just didn't interest me. But now, like a bunch of other people, this Q&A alone will make me go out and see it. Well played sir, well played!

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 8 a.m. CST

    DeathWish Redux

    by HonorKnight

    Cinema doesn't need yet ANOTHER remake, and the subject of Death Wish has already been covered in many other films that talkback posters have already mentioned. However, perhaps a woman's journey down a similar path may be more interesting...You should email me and we'll chat. stormryderpix@gmail.com

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 8:10 a.m. CST

    Don't Do The Remake.

    by The-Warrior

    You're better than that, Sly. See you in Hell.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 8:23 a.m. CST

    Why not make a new movie with that plot?

    by rev_skarekroe

    Why call it Deathwish?

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 8:27 a.m. CST

    Dammit!

    by Ender's Jeesh

    The end of that Q & A actually made me shed a tear. Since meeting Sly on the set last winter I've been following the film very closely, just KNOWING peopel were going to love it. Very heartening to see it's so. Sly, thanks for letting me work with you in Philly!

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 8:39 a.m. CST

    Deathwish remake

    by stones_throw

    Could be interesting. The character should be someone with the strongest beliefs in the law and justice system, who then has these foundations completely shaken. I think the idea of the lawman stepping outside of the law is more interesting than him not using a gun.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 8:41 a.m. CST

    this is what i'm talking about

    by TheyCallMeBruce

    look at the third question. among the celebrities listed as "having written books" recently? stephen king and deepak chopra. authors! it's not like the literary higher-ups saw "Maximum Overdrive" and said "we gotta give the guy that directed this a book deal pronto!" i realize that harry probably sorts through thousands of illegible or completely insane questions, but that doesn't mean he should submit them ALL to Sly. He may not have been able to figure out the three shells, but don't burden him with "is it true that you filmed your dog banging the coat-check girl from CBGB?"

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 8:44 a.m. CST

    Deathwish

    by Jotham

    First, thanks for doing the Q&A. I hope your advice to other actors is taken to heart. Second, I like your take on the Deathwish movie, but why? It's a great film as it is, and you angle would also make a great film. Why call it a re-make, why not make an original? It just seems like we're being lambasted with re-makes this past decade or so.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 8:44 a.m. CST

    Night Hawks remake

    by reni

    I'd love someone to make a movie as tough as Sorceror (Wages of Fear) or Bring Me The Head of Alfredo Garcia... Warren Oates, man... You can't go wrong with that... Happy Holidays Sly; Thanks to you and Harry for doing this! p.s. Night Hawks remake with Hugh Jackman, Terrence Howard & Mads Mikelsson would be cool.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 8:44 a.m. CST

    Night Hawks remake

    by reni

    I'd love someone to make a movie as tough as Sorceror (Wages of Fear) or Bring Me The Head of Alfredo Garcia... Warren Oates, man... You can't go wrong with that... Happy Holidays Sly; Thanks to you and Harry for doing this! p.s. Night Hawks remake with Hugh Jackman, Terrence Howard & Mads Mikelsson would be cool.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 9:07 a.m. CST

    I'm there, Sly!

    by Spandau Belly

    And your greatest Christmas present to me was 'Over The Top'! I still get such a kick out of that movie!

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 9:06 a.m. CST

    DEATHWISH -COP +CORONER

    by ricster

    After reading some of the suggestions and comments above i think it would certainly need a character strongly against violence, sure make him a cop, not a street cop, but a coroner. Day in day out he deals with shot, sliced and strangled people, he's a scientist at heart and that's where his detatchment comes from, his job satisfaction is that his work is what gets the Bad Men locked up for their crimes. So when his own family (perhaps in a revenge attack of it's own) are brutally slaughtered and a) obviously he's not allowed to work the case and b) no evidence whatsoever turns up to point to anyone (here you could be really daring and not ever reveal the true Bad Guys who did it). He goes slowly nuts, he's suddenly helpless and finds himself at the mercy of a system he's spent his entire career upholding. For starters he has a rock solid alibi, being at work on a late shift after a particularly gruesome gang shooting. First he tries to break into the morgue to do his own autopsy, but obviously doesnt get very far because he's overcome with grief upon seeing his families bodies. and this is where he snaps. ultimatley, internally he NEEDS to find evidence, to scientifically convict people but in this instant it's simply impossible. So he starts "seeing" evidence where there is none, first it's a young man snooping around his back yard, who probably is just a reporter but our now overparanoid cop thinks is The Guy returning to finish the job, but then a car is seen speeding away, he gets the plates, uses his contacts to track down the owners, turns out to be some kids doing pot and dealing crack. then their contacts. our cop is convinced they're all connected, and the spiral of violence expands until the web of connections from person to person, circumstance and cooencidence eventually leads the Cop to suspect one finaly person, himself, does he really have an alibi? or did he convince himself he did?

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 9:28 a.m. CST

    Thank you Sly, Thank you

    by Jedi2dope

    I just want to say that these Q&As have been some of the best reading ever on this site. I've been coming here since 1996 and while I look forward to coming to this site every day, I have never been as excited each day as the last 19. I can't say more to you than what has already been said. You provided me a lot of entertainment during my youth and while I wouldn't have called you my "idol" before, I look up to you now more than ever. You have shown us a side of yourself that I never even considered any "famous" actor would. It is great to see how down to Earth you are and how much I could totally knock back a few beers with. Just shoot the shit like any old person in any old bar. I am going to see this new movie and I am so excited and grateful to you for giving me another Stallone movie that I actually am looking forward to. I know you are a TRUE star and are capable of such good films, both acting and writing. Lots of good buzz surrounding this one and I couldn't be happier. Even if you never make another good movie Sly, thank you for what you have given us.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 9:35 a.m. CST

    RE: Deathwish Remake

    by The Tao of Joe

    I am a huge fan of the 'Death Wish' series, and while I certainly think you could pull off a major success with a remake, it's very important that the Paul Kersey-type character not be a cop. Kersey is an outsider of the law, and an alien to the political red-tape world of the American legal system. In many ways, 'Death Wish' represents how justice can often fail the families of rape/murder victims, and how an individual's desire to compensate for those short-comings via DIY vigilante justice can be seductive. You also have the theme of the main character realizing that modern man is nothing more than unchallenged livestock who secretly hopes to die of old age in his sleep before the dirtbags or psycos get to him first, and waking up from that nightmare as a person seeking justice for himself. In short, I think you would be better off if your character was a moderately successful everyman, like the owner of a medium-sized contractor business (maybe one who was hired to build a new police headquarters). Also, approach this film with a physique closer to your Copland role (sans the excessive bodyfat). Think 'everyman' - not cop or super soldier - because that's what the series was always about. But no matter what, make sure that the hero finds the bad guy and sends him straight to hell. I could talk Death Wish all day. If any of you fans out there (or even Sly himself) would like to get into the nitty gritty of the series, email me at movieshowjoe@gmail.com.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 9:42 a.m. CST

    Thanks Mr. Stallone...

    by boba_rob

    What you have done is truly unique and special. Not many Hollywood stars, especially one of your size, would be willing to take the time to do this. As for Death Wish, I know the story, but don't recall ever actually seeing the movie, though I probably did when I was younger. Go for it, not many people of Generation X or younger will have an emotional attachment for the original in my opinion, so a remake might be good.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 9:46 a.m. CST

    RE: Deathwish Remake

    by The Tao of Joe

    I am a huge fan of the 'Death Wish' series, and while I certainly think you could pull off a major success with a remake, it's very important that the Paul Kersey-type character not be a cop. Kersey is an outsider of the law, and an alien to the political red-tape world of the American legal system. In many ways, 'Death Wish' represents how justice can often fail the families of rape/murder victims, and how an individual's desire to compensate for those short-comings via DIY vigilante justice can be seductive. You also have the theme of the main character realizing that modern man is nothing more than unchallenged livestock who secretly hopes to die of old age in his sleep before the dirtbags or psycos get to him first, and waking up from that nightmare as a person seeking justice for himself. In short, I think you would be better off if your character was a moderately successful everyman, like the owner of a medium-sized contractor business (maybe one who was hired to build a new police headquarters). Also, approach this film with a physique closer to your Copland role (sans the excessive bodyfat). Think 'everyman' - not cop or super soldier - because that's what the series was always about. But no matter what, make sure that the hero finds the bad guy and sends him straight to hell. I could talk Death Wish all day. If any of you fans out there (or even Sly himself) would like to get into the nitty gritty of the series, email me at movieshowjoe@gmail.com.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 9:53 a.m. CST

    DEATHWISH REMAKE

    by fanboy71

    Mr Stallone, I, for one, love the idea of the average person being pushed over their breaking point by loss, and seeking revenge on those responsible. I was a Police Officer for many years before losing my wife to cancer at the young age of 27. I often wondered how I would have dealt with the loss if she had been murdered. I think I would have sought revenge, as I'm sure many would. The difference being that cops know how to work the system better than most, and how to not leave evidence. I would love to offer my two cents.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 9:55 a.m. CST

    Harry, how in the world can you claim that many?

    by Sith Witch

    There is NO way you've read through 150,000 questions! Do you have assistants weeding them out? If the average question takes 20 seconds (I tested the average it takes to read them), then it would have taken you roughly 833 hours to read that many in the past 20 days! I'm not calling you a liar or anything, but am just curious how you approach this daunting task, in the case I ever am in charge of anything similar! Thank you!

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 9:56 a.m. CST

    Sly Should Remake Kinjite: Forbidden Subjects

    by DarfurOnTheRocks

    That was a classic.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 10:05 a.m. CST

    DEATH WISH cop angle= wrong. Make him a DIPLOMAT

    by Spacesheik

    The cop angle is too tied to "justice" - make him a diplomat or state dept. official who is used to brokering peace deals,conflict resolution etc -- he shouldnt be tied to the cops in anyway - besides audiences are tired of cop heroes, cop stories, cop-based subjects.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 10:23 a.m. CST

    Thanks Sly

    by artie langes nut

    I think Sly has always known he is Rocky, Rocky to me has always been about a guy who won the lottery. I think Stallone knows he is that guy who won the lottery. I think hes always known he didint do right by the fans or the legacy with Rocky 5. I salute you Sly for having the balls to go at it one more time. There's a speech in the movie that Rocky makes about taking a punch and getting up and still moving forward. As the father of an Autistic son, I broke down hearing and seeing that, because its true, Life threw us a punch and we keep moving forward. Thanks Sly for reminding me of that

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 10:36 a.m. CST

    Regis and Kelly...

    by AkiraKaneda

    I have to say it, man...I watched Regis and Kelly to see Sly! I'm a little embarrassed, but it was a good interview, and the fact that he was on for three segments was pretty stunning. (My wife, a regular watcher who Tivo'd it for me, said that most big stars get two segments tops. Guess they liked him!) The scene they showed as Rocky remembers the now-demolished ice skating rink was surprisingly touching. Now as for a remake of DEATH WISH...there are so many revenge stories out there. It's a dead genre as far as I'm concerned. Movies like MAN ON FIRE have essentially deconstructed the whole concept. I really think you'd be better off going the more dramatic route, Sly...honestly, when you play characters that have depth and warmth, they're great...but many of your action roles that didn't have that deep background have almost come off as self-parody. I'd try working on drama that lets you stand on your own without having to play to your physical attributes. You've impressed the heck out of all of us with how thoughtful and funny you can be, and I think you could play to those strengths.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 10:49 a.m. CST

    Deathwish as a Copland sequel

    by DirkD13"

    You could have Freddy end up with the Annabella Sciorra character whom he has loved for years. She then gets murdered and we see how Freddy struggles with his guilt at not being there and frustration at the lack of leads to the killers and how this changes him and fuels his need for revenge. Freddy's a fascinating character and a fundamentally decent man, there's definately some milage there don't you think?? Oh and I reckon, with the buzz amongst the people I know, that Rocky Balboa will get at least £10 million here at the UK BO. I will personally contribute £8.50 to that and then buy the DVD.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 10:50 a.m. CST

    Sly, I saw you in Hawaii years ago...

    by BGDAWES

    You were in a car outstide The Four Seasons hotel waiting on either you wife or girlfriend. She was taking a long time picking up a friend I imagine so you leaned your head out the car and said, "What the hell is she doing, getting a room?" My Dad and I cracked up! By the way the new Rocky definitely has my support!

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 10:58 a.m. CST

    is it true that you get to

    by arghhhhhhhh

    is it true that you get to see his cock in this one? I'm not bein a smart-ass i've heard this from a few people

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 11:04 a.m. CST

    Sly's Death Wish Remake

    by Frank Slade

    Is the lead going to be for Sly, or he just writing/directing or whatever? I think that would have a lot to do with selection of the charachter's profession. I don't like the cop idea, nor professor or firefighter as someone suggested earlier. The first thing that came to mind for me was maybe a Priest or minister of some kind. Somebody that you would not associate with violence. I don't know, just an idea. Maybe a church burning, or murders during a service, or something like that sends him looking for revenge. Maybe he has been losing faith and this is the final straw for him. I'm not sure, that may be pretty stupid, but I like it. It would have to be somebody that you would not think capable of seeking revenge. I thought Hoffman was great in Straw Dogs. How many times has the priest/revenge thing been covered? Not sure. I think Howie Long did the firefighter thing, Hoffman was studying math and writing a book, so that covers the professor angle, good cop/bad cop has been done many times. I do think that the movie would need to be rated R. I just find it more believable when the violence and language depicted on screen fit the situation. What do you guys think? Just my opinion. Good luck with everything.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 11:07 a.m. CST

    Sorry

    by Frank Slade

    Only my second time posting. Not sure how to space and indent. Looks like a major run-on there. I apologize.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 11:17 a.m. CST

    NY TIMES

    by ptindy

    You call NYPOST assrash. That makes the NY TIMES a freaking cock-tumor puss drippin'rag. Get real.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 11:32 a.m. CST

    Thanks and Deathwise remake

    by Cl_Kilgore

    Big thanks to Harry and Sly for doing this. I've had a lot of laughs and have gained some cool insights. <p> As for a Deathwise remake with a cop, I'd have to say it's not that good of an idea. I'm sure someone else has touched on this above but I don't have time to read all 200+posts right now. <p> The reason it's not a good idea is because as a cop you have to be mentally prepare to take a life if needed from the get go. If the thought of having to take a life for good reason is truly abhorrent to you hopefully you'd wash out in the psyche tests to become a cop. I don't think a Deathwish remake is a bad idea all together just the idea of using a cop, even one that has never used his gun. In reality, the vast majority fall into that category.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 11:37 a.m. CST

    I've just decided to close the office early...

    by HelloMarion

    and take my employees to see Rocky Balboa. Thank you Mr. Stallone, you're a class act. Merry Christmas!

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 11:39 a.m. CST

    Some videos

    by siriusem

    http://www.yahoo.com/s/464331 (interview included) http://www.yahoo.com/s/464332 (phil premiere)

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 11:49 a.m. CST

    good job sly

    by jonboy83

    im going to go see rocky now. see if you spend some time with the peasants occasionally they will reward you. i hope its good.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 11:54 a.m. CST

    Unfortunately work keeps me from seeing this today..

    by Aphex Twin

    But Friday I'll be sitting in rocky's corner cheering him on. Thanks Sly, you are a true class act.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 12:02 p.m. CST

    What a Guy

    by knobjockey

    Well, apart from guessing that there's no way Sly will read this far down without getting the bends, I've just got to say what a totally brilliant few days I've had coming here every day reading his replies. Totally changed my views on him. I mean, I knew he was a cool character, and interssting to boot, but I had no idea he was so damn FUNNY. And my offer stands - Sly, I would love ti intervuiiew you on my website www.lightsabre.co.uk becaue I understand you are a fan of the films, and I still need to know the answer to an old urban myth - were you a Stormtrooper in Star Wars? Have a great Christmas, great stuff.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 12:18 p.m. CST

    Sly, you're the best

    by jack-torrance

    I hope you get to read my message. I sent in several questions but I guess there were too many and obviously Harry couldn't choose all of them! I think you're brilliant. I always believed you were a great actor, long before Cop Land. I always thought that with the right script and director, you could do magic on screen and Cop Land, the first three Rockys, First Blood, FIST and Assassins all proved that in spades. On your idea of remaking Death Wish - it's cool but I think you're better than that. There are too many remakes already and I think some people would perceive it as another vigilante shoot 'em up that doesn't allow you to stretch dramatically. Having said that, I would still see it if you do it! One of my questions that I sent in - if you can answer it,it would be great! - was have you and Scorsese ever talked about working together? That would be a dream come true! And will you have the same long hairstyle for Rambo IV as in the other Rambos?

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 12:20 p.m. CST

    the ny post

    by JimmyJoe RedSky

    is a notch above a tabloid - and very right wing - its strongest dep. is its gossip and horoscope sections - i used to work with some regular readers - id paruse it on the can - i think slys point was that he expected it (ny post) - a very popular daily paper that had it in for him - to not like the movie - he was shocked that it gave him a glowing review - for the record - other more "legit" papers/critics are praising him and the movie

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 12:34 p.m. CST

    Times- ha

    by ptindy

    The NYTIMES is not very left wing? And its strongest dep. is plagiarism. I think the Post was right in line with alot of people when the idea of a new Rocky movie was first brought up- WHAT THE HELL? Rocky V left a big taste of shitburger in many people's mouth. But as many have, the Post included-since seeing the new movie, have stated that this is a good movie.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 12:50 p.m. CST

    jonboy83

    by DirkD13"

    We, the moviegoer, are not the peasants, we're in charge of the movie business. It's our money that is the be-all-and-end-all for all films.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 12:49 p.m. CST

    DEAR SLY, DEATHWISH REMAKE

    by timmer33

    Regarding your idea, it's interesting. What I find intriguing is the concept of a cop who refuses to use a gun trying to dispense vigilante justice. How does he do it? Does he first destroy their lives by sabotaging their jobs and relationships? Then kill them with bare knuckles and knives? Or perhaps with elaborate traps? I think it would be interesting if he tapped into what makes each person happy, and then completely stripped that person of it, whether it's their family, job, perhaps their hands or eyesight, etc. I hope you get me here. It's a fascinating idea ... for example, would someone be justified in doing something that most others would consider a crime? And how far could he go? COuld he torture and kill someone? Or just torment them for a few years? Sorry if I've rambled for a bit. In the end, I think it would be nice to subject each of his victims to a unique torment based on his or her own lifestyles ... then finish them off with an elaborate trap that does not involve guns. BTW - I'm seeing RB tomorrow and wish you all the best. I'm still holding out for a sequel to Tango and Cash! At the very least you should try to work with Kurt again. You two had incredible chemistry and it would be nice to see you on screen together again.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 12:58 p.m. CST

    advice for Mr Stallone

    by mrbong

    Death Wish with a cop taking the law into his own hands? an interesting premise, but your good friends Bruce Willis (Die Hard) and Mickey Rourke (the excellent, underrated Year Of The Dragon) amongst others have really not left much space at all in the genre, for want of a better description. one could argue something like The Departed covers some of the potential "fresh" angles. now, i have no idea if anyone already has the rights or is filming it (someone here will no doubt pipe up if so), but why not consider an adaptation of John Connolly's "Every Dead Thing" instead of the Death Wish remake? i hardly need underline how excellent the novel was. the plot (fallen cop trying to do the right thing somewhat outside of the conventional rules) seems to be the kind of thing you are looking at doing. if we are in the business of honesty, you may not quite be everyone's first choice to play Bird, but have a look at the book, you may find this is the kind of thing you want to be doing. whatever your next project is, many of us will be right behind it. or, rather, in front of the screens of it!

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 12:57 p.m. CST

    Mr Stallone: PLEASE READ THIS!!

    by deimos909

    First off let me say that I've never written to talkback before, but I think what you're doing is great! After I read your question I just had to give you my opinion. I have to disclose I've never seen the original Deathwish however I wanted to say that making the main character a cop is a really tired cliche. Its been done a million times before and it's not very original. Here is my suggestion, instead of an architect how about making him an Engineer? We always see all sorts of professions in movies, lawyers, doctors and cops but for some reason us engineers are always given the shaft. And frankly we're begining to feel left out. The only movie I can ever recall that had an engineer lead was 'Falling Down' and that guy was nuts! So please Mr Stallone, give us a chance, we're a real movie underdog. Perhaps you can relate? P.S. Can't wait to see Rocky Balboa.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 1:03 p.m. CST

    Franz Werfel Novel and Deathwish

    by The Rat Pack

    Hi Sly, There has been some rumours about you saying to Denver Post that you're gonna make a movie of a Franz Werfel novel called "Die vierzig Tage des Musa Dagh" I hope that it's not true. Most of the people in Turkey are fans of you and we are sensitive about that "so called" situation which is being used for political reasons in some countries... Anyway, what i want to say is a lot of people would be offended by it, if you are thinking doing it. Deathwish takes it's strength from that character has a profession that is non-violent. A normal guy. Which is similar to Dustin Hoffman in "Straw Dogs (1971)". Sam Packinpah made this man harmless until some harm is done to him. So when he becomes violent, the impact of the violance gets harder on the audience. Turning that man into a cop who doesn't use a gun will reduce that effect.Even though he doesn't use a gun, he is still a cop. Audience will know " A cop always uses his gun when he has to." So there is not much of a surprise or effect of him to be violance when it's necessary. The talkback of the DirtyRatBastard on Deathwish is quite a good one i think. Rocky Balboa will be in Turkey on march 16, so i'll be waiting patiently, good luck on your new Rambo movies and thanks for the Q and A.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 1:17 p.m. CST

    boxing as life

    by joe b

    Good insight on the popularity of boxing as life in film. I think Raging Bull was the twist in that it focused on brute shaped life outside of boxing. For those interested more in the artist's take on boxing-as-life, check out Aimee Mann's album "The Forgotten Arm" that came out two years ago. Forgotten Arm is a term Mann learned when she started taking up boxing on the side. What appeals to her about boxing as life is the necessity to stay focused and RELAX even when you're getting pummelled, just persevere and keep your eye on the prize. Great album.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 1:22 p.m. CST

    You had me at "round #1"!

    by DoctorEss

    I will be there and I will be bringing my whole family (extended). We are going tonight. I have already got the word out to all friends and convinced a lot of people that were not interested to go opening night.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 1:29 p.m. CST

    the death wish idea

    by joe b

    We do need more action films that put these kinds of twists on the notion of "action flick". If you can thrill and exhilarate without conventional weapons, you've done something relevant and important for the genre. The presence of a gun in a film already connotes a world of information. But if the gun is superfluous in attaining the goals, and along the way we are kept at the edge of our seats, well that could be some great art!

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 1:32 p.m. CST

    DEATHWISH Remake

    by photoboy

    Thanks for all these awesome Q&As Sly, you can count on me being there when Rocky Balboa opens here in the UK! As for the Deathwish remake, I say do it, it sounds like a really good idea to give the guy a real belief in never using his gun and actually getting results from that. Forcing him to then confront the idea that his family's killers could just be jailed and just let out 20 years later if they're even caught should make for some great drama. The only problem will be avoiding many of the cliches of the "cop-avenges-his-family" story and with not echoing the Punisher storyline too much. Good luck!

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 1:33 p.m. CST

    On Death Wish-No Cop-Normal Man

    by Lukecash

    What worked from the original movie is that it is an EVERTYDAY man who goes bezerk. Not a guy who had special forces training or a cop. Otherwise you are repeating "The Punisher"

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 1:33 p.m. CST

    I'm new. I'm at the bottom of the list. But here goes.

    by Markypants

    Mr Stallone, First and foremost, thankyou. It is a rare rare thing that something that seemingly could be the best PR excersise known to man, actually delivered. Being in the industry myself as I have truly marvelled at how this Q&A has evolved beyond what i think even you had predicted. All I ask is that you remember that all these talkbackers truly care about you. To them this is an honest and heartfelt experience with somebody they would never have had the possibility of interacting with... What I'm really saying is don't let this become a 'fake' PR excersise. You may be being true, but I fear that other celebs will just see this as a cheap way to rally support for their new projects. You have probably re-built any sceptical fan base that you thought you had lost. Keep them on side. I know that I and my family as well are so very very happy to have you back where you belong. It's been a long wait to have you back at centre stage and I want you to stay there. Love and seasons greetings from me and my family! (Roll on Jan 19th for us here in the UK!)

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 1:39 p.m. CST

    Rocky Balboa

    by TheWacoKid

    Thanks Sly, for sounding like a real person, and not like a crazy freak like some stars. I can't wait for the Rambo questions, and am going to go see Rocky Balboa tonight. However, I wish we could have a Tango and Cash sequel! That movie rocked!

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 1:44 p.m. CST

    gibsonusa

    by joe b

    making the deathwish character a cop doesn't necessarily make him any less of a peaceful character. i'm thinking of john reilley's character in Magnolia. Putting aside his vulnerability and clumsiness, he also would never have preferred violence, not even to a fly, if he didn't have to. when push came to shove then he has to put on that persona of the cop licensed to kill. the deathwish remake could have the guy along these lines. and even vengeance could be achieved without putting holes in bodies. strategizing over blow-for-blows. perhaps his methods could also be subject to the ridicule of his peers, since he would come across as one of the most ineffective and unintimidating piece of work to wear the badge.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 1:56 p.m. CST

    DEATHWISH

    by Xorply

    I was never a true fan of the Deathwish movies and felt the racial overtones a little too uncomfortable for my liking. That being said, why not go with your idea and give it a new name? Why the need to use an old name on a new plot? Thanks for the Q&A's sly... it's been a blast.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 2:06 p.m. CST

    FALLOUT 2...

    by Cult Exiter

    Since they keep making games into movies... O(pi)nions, Sly and fellow geeks? Thank you for sharing heart and mind.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 2:07 p.m. CST

    FALLOUT 2

    by Cult Exiter

    Since they keep making games into movies... O(pi)nions, Sly and fellow geeks? And, thank you for sharing some Heart and Mind!

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 2:07 p.m. CST

    Death Wish

    by The Moseph

    Hey, Sly! I love the concept for the Death Wish remake. Upon reading your idea, I could immediately envision the pain and struggle the character would be dealing with. I am very much looking forward to seeing it come to fruition. Good luck and God bless! Oh, if you get a minute, I'd love to hear your honest opinion on the trailer for a short film my buddy and I made called 'The Bogeyman'. The film itself is currently in post, but the trailer is available for viewing at... www.myspace.com/therealgreenfool Later!

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 2:15 p.m. CST

    my url is goofed!

    by The Moseph

    It was supposed to read: www.myspace.com/therealgreenfool

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 2:18 p.m. CST

    again goofed!

    by The Moseph

    I'm not sure what the deal is, but my url keeps separating the last two letters from the rest of the address. Perhaps this would work better: http://tinyurl.com/y5zrzv

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 2:33 p.m. CST

    Death Wish

    by canopus

    Hey Sly, thanks again for this, it was a fantastic Christmas gift to your fans to do this. As for Death Wish, you didn't say whether you would be starring in it or producing and/or directing, but my idea would be for you to be a crime scene investigator. That would explain why you never had to use a gun, and that kind of thing is popular these days. I can't see Rocky Balboa today, but I plan on seeing it Friday, and maybe again on Christmas if everyone else in the fam is game.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 4:47 p.m. CST

    ***** FEEDBACK: Remaking "DEATH WISH" *****

    by JDanielP

    Hey, Sly. I'd like to reply from my perspective, as both an artist and a "wanna-be" movie director. First off, as actors get older (as is life), one might say they are past their prime. But a person's age can prove to be a positive factor in the right dramatic role. (Perhaps even a powerful factor, which you may've proven with "ROCKY BALBOA") So, personally, I feel it is in the realm of "possibility" that you could be as huge as you ever were, in mainstream Hollywood. Sure, one might consider that unlikely. But you have history. You have fans. You are still viable. And your age can bring real gravity to a role, ...a sense of history for a character. My favorite Hitchcock film, "REAR WINDOW", had underdog James Stewart wearing a cast on a broken leg. And he was all the more of a hero for it. So, in a sense, your age is nothing more than a cast on a broken limb. Us it. But use it wisely. After all, we didn't see James Stewart sidekick his casted leg into his apartment window, throw a rope out and slide down onto Perry Mason, and then withdraw a 12" hunter's knife from his cast and extract revenge on behalf of the victim. --In having a look at Clint Eatwood's career, I think you'll find plenty of examples of tough, aging heroes. --Now, as I've said in the past, I love movies with a clear (singular) vision. My favorite movies, my personal favorites, have a consistant "stamp" in both visual terms and in how the story plays out. Back in the day, RAMBO 2 and 3 were fine, action entertainment. You had developed such a commanding physical presence. In a sense, you were America's Bruce Lee of action. (I love Bruce Lee's "ENTER THE DRAGON") I mean, ...I just think to myself, ...Christian Bale worked so hard to look right for the role of Bruce Wayne/Batman in "BATMAN BEGINS".. But when an actor pushes himself to such limits as you (Sly) once did, it shows on screen. We believe. We have to. And as an audience, we are incredibly fortunate when an actor can go above and beyond for such a character. But despite your physical condition which you brought to the character... and the level of action in RAMBO 2 and 3, ...only the original, "RAMBO: FIRST BLOOD", would be on my list of personal favorites. (NOTE: However, I do own the trilogy on dvd) Apples and oranges. What can I say? --As to this "DEATHWISH" project, I'd personally love to see you team with David Fincher. "SEVEN" is another one of my personal favorites, ...so I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to see you team with such a visionary as David Fincher. (Yeah, I know he began with music videos. But he does have real talent.) I've NEVER seen you team with someone with such a visual eye, ...at least, in terms of a director who adds such a rawness and grittiness. So, for me, ...first off, team yourself with a real, talented director who will add something to the "look" of the film, ...someone with a truely unique, visual touch. I want to see something that we've never seen from you, in these visual terms. --And as to the story, perhaps your character could have a history in the police force. Maybe he was overly driven when he was younger... but grew wiser, over time, ...perhaps originally due to a "fatal error" which nearly cost him his job. Maybe he shot a kid. Maybe he took an extended vacation with his family and broke down in tears as he held his son, remembering the life he took. Maybe he never held a gun again, until... his own family was taken from him. And imagine him at the shooting range, in the desert, somewhere private, ...target shooting. Maybe he commits himself to one last, final goal in life. And maybe when it comes time, when all he has to do is pull the trigger, ...he can't. He tosses it aside and announces he's going to give the killer the same chance that he got, which is an opportunity to turn his life around. "You can get on that phone, dial the police, confess what you did and tell them where you are. (momentary pause) Or you can try to overtake me, where one of us will end up dead." And if the fight is as intense as the knife fight in "SAVING PRIVATE RYAN", maybe you'd have yourself a winner. --Whatever the case, I think you have a real opportunity to shine with the right director and the right script. And maybe even the right choreography. Good luck.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 7:02 p.m. CST

    Wish for Death Wish

    by omega786

    How about remaking it without changing a thing. Be an architect/construction Manager, set it in New York and go to town with it. The whole point is to be part of and contribute to the social system and what happens when institutions in that system designed to protect and serve lets you down. I have to agree with the previous post, you will need someone like Fincher, Carnahan, Mike Newhall, Michael Mann or ultimatley yourself to pull this one off.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 7:21 p.m. CST

    Mickey Rourke

    by Moe Ron

    I want that Mickey Rourke Q & A like right now.

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 1:59 a.m. CST

    Death Wish

    by gpenn

    Paul Kersey should not be a cop or anything like it. Go into your 'Copland' mode and play a weak, regular guy who happens to be really buff. P.S.-call your action buddies and do Tarantino's Ingloreous Bastards, please.

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 2 a.m. CST

    Death Wish again..

    by gpenn

    I agree with another poster, a fireman would be good. Maybe a teacher?

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 3:27 a.m. CST

    Death Wishy

    by Cult Exiter

    no close combat, just popping caps from feets away, using vintage weaponry found from some shack... some duds in between... realistic and ugly, no ballet, bodies just dropping down like pictures off the wall - not dying instantly. no cop. maybe a vet (animal doc), or children's teacher, yeah.

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 7:52 p.m. CST

    **A TOTALLY WICKED ALTERNATIVE**

    by omega786

    Yo Sly, Look at bare knuckle fighters like the Guv'nor in England (read his book) and of course due to yours and Bronsons physique you may find parrallels in source material but no need to do remakes. Although nobody has said anything about not doing sequels...A sequel to STREETFIGHTER comes to mind (the Charles Bronson/James Coburn film). Could be right down your street and perhaps something the fans want.

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 10:17 p.m. CST

    Death wish

    by ELGordo

    I think if you would approach it as you did with Balboa then you might have something. A cop who's passed his prime and knows it. He has never fired his gun his whole career and wants to keep it that way. He doesn't look or act like a guy who could go on a killing spree. Bronson was always Bronson in his film, I never bought it for a second that he was an arcitect but if you could pull that off then you'd be in business. I think it would be more bellievable if the character was an arcitec or something equaly mundane like in the first film because when you have a cop, he has trained to kill. It would be more character building I think for a man who has never touched a gun to kill somebody rather than a man who has had to face that possibility many times in his line of work.

  • Dec. 22, 2006, 1:30 p.m. CST

    yackbacker is right

    by slappy jones

    death wish 3 is by far the best in the series

  • Dec. 24, 2006, 5:08 a.m. CST

    Seagal is a big girl!

    by martinsmith93

    Man, that thing about Van Damme stalking him for a fight made me damn near piss myself laughing. Awesome questions today. --- Death Wish? I've never been all that attached to the Bronsan film and your take sounds like a good starting point. --- Somebody up there mentioned The Punisher. Reading Ennis's Punisher I could totally see him as Stallone. Not just because he blows shit up, either, but because of that sort of sadness that he's supposed to carry round with him (as everybody but Tom Jane seems to know), much like Gabe in Cliffhanger. I guess the fact that he's meant to be built like a brick shit-house also helps.

  • Dec. 25, 2006, 8:55 p.m. CST

    how about a Death HUNT remake!

    by RAWHEAD RALF

    ...stallone plays the bronson part, on the run, being tracked down by a unit commanded by arnold. oh, that's FIRST BLOOD isn't it. bronson gets top billing but it's clearly marvin's picture, marvin paired with angie dickinson together previously in POINT BLANK. bronson somewhat wasted, perhaps one more scene needed towards the end with a bonding dialogue between marvin and bronson...

  • Dec. 28, 2006, 12:30 a.m. CST

    Regarding Deathwish please no cop

    by cyth

    Hi sly.. am a huge fan of yours and your movies.. will catch Rocky Balboa as soon as it premiers here in Duesseldorf/Germany..Congrats on passing the 31 mil. mark in your first week with it.. as for the opinion you asked of Deathwish.. i think the theme with a cop has been done over too many times that people are tired of seeing it.. it is the daily person that the audience can relate to.. a person such as Rocky who takes blows in life but doesnt get aggressive.. there character should seek shelter in being against violance not only because its morally wrong.. but because he is unable to.. and as he is cornered and the last straw is drawn he becomes somebody else.. someone who doesnt care of anybody or anything.. he wants to pierce through anyone on his path without caring if he dies.. thats just my thought.. good luck..