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Straight from Sylvester Stallone... WALTER HILL is directing HEADSHOT!

Hey folks, Harry here...   Last Friday, I got a surprise call from Sylvester Stallone to chat with me about Walter Hill.   I immediately did my geek duty to Walter Hill and sung his praises throughout the phone call, because...  just in case you forgot...  WALTER HILL is the MAN!   Not the oppressive MAN, but the MAN who gets cool shit done!   Well - I just got the following email from Stallone:


It's official. We've got Walter Hill on board so would love for you to let the world know. 
We've been on the same track since The Driver, then 48 Hrs didn't happen so here we are almost 35 years later, I'm finally driving with Walter Hill. 
First off - the cool thing about this note is the notion that Sly was up for both THE DRIVER and 48 HRS.   I happen to love both films - but I do have to say I'm wildly curious to dream of both with a Hill directed Sly in those years!   Kind of boggles the mind.
But this is a Cop & Hitman team-up pic.  Called HEADSHOT.   How good can that genre get?   Well, look no further than John Woo's amazing THE KILLER to just drool.   Here we're going to have Walter Hill doing classic action, crime, pulp material - with Stallone & most likely a younger co-star - but man with the pedigree at this point, if I were a badass actor, I'd be dying for that part.   Eh?  Who do you wanna see Sly kick ass with?
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  • April 11, 2011, 8:53 p.m. CST

    Post 0


    btw @theslystallone says:

  • April 11, 2011, 8:56 p.m. CST

    Hard to say

    by awardgiver

    I'm still picturing Eddie Murphy and Stallone in 48 Hours and stunned at what that would've looked like...

  • April 11, 2011, 8:58 p.m. CST

    Cool, but didn't Sly say it's a dark comedy?

    by JuanSanchez

    That's what he said Kramer was brought in to do, but came up with something too violent.

  • April 11, 2011, 8:59 p.m. CST

    The cast is missing Antonio Banderas.

    by Jarek

    Call me excited - Walter Hill is awesome.

  • April 11, 2011, 8:59 p.m. CST

    GREAT!... if it was 1983.

    by Mennen

  • April 11, 2011, 9 p.m. CST

    I'd like to see him kick ass with someone who can act

    by Bobo_Vision

    Wrestlers and rappers need not apply.

  • April 11, 2011, 9 p.m. CST


    by Val Verde Historian

    Hell yes. I love Hill's movies- particularly the under appreciated Extreme Prejudice and the still awesome (almost thirty years later) 48 Hours. Now we just need to John Mctiernan back to work, and action movies can be awesome again.

  • April 11, 2011, 9:06 p.m. CST

    Warriorrsss, come out and plaaayy!

    by Michael_Jacksons_Ghost

    Cool news indeed.

  • April 11, 2011, 9:07 p.m. CST

    Olivia Wilde is back on House. Man, she looks hot.

    by JuanSanchez

  • April 11, 2011, 9:10 p.m. CST

    Matt Damon, Johnny Depp,

    by Megalodon3

  • April 11, 2011, 9:11 p.m. CST

    Walter Hill is better than ever

    by twogunjames

    Sounds like great news to me!!!

  • April 11, 2011, 9:16 p.m. CST

    jarek, speaking of Banderas, "Assassins" was a bad-ass movie.

    by IronEagle74

    I don't care what anyone says. It was underrated, and Stallone and Banderas going against each other was classic.

  • April 11, 2011, 9:17 p.m. CST

    Wayne Kramer would have rocked this shit. Hard "R" Style.

    by Mennen

    Stallone wants to direct without "directing" again- It's great. He can blame Walter when it tanks or take the credit if it doesn't. Walter Hill (at this point in his career) will take Stallone's shit. In the press Stallone said Kramer's take was "too violent" and got rid of him - (That's the sugar coated version) Does anyone want a PG-13 Stallone movie? Is Stallone dumb enuf to make one? Dude, you're 70! Hire a director who'll make sure you stay out of your own way (tall order). Jump on a killer cycle and bring the fuckin' noise... on the next one, cause you just blew it here.

  • April 11, 2011, 9:17 p.m. CST

    Straight from me

    by Proman1984

    Too easy.

  • April 11, 2011, 9:19 p.m. CST

    Yeah - Sly's tired and wants to backseat direct again.

    by JuanSanchez

    George P. Cosmatos, anyone?

  • Wait. I guess that IS Hill related. Just not of the Walter variety:-).

  • April 11, 2011, 9:20 p.m. CST

    juansanchez - "Backseat direct" doesn't begin to cover it.

    by Mennen

    I actually feel bad for Hill. Kramer got an early Christmas gift by leaving that nightmare.

  • April 11, 2011, 9:21 p.m. CST

    Yeah - then Sly rewrote it into Cobra. So says Eddie.

    by JuanSanchez

  • April 11, 2011, 9:22 p.m. CST


    by DrPain

  • April 11, 2011, 9:24 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

  • April 11, 2011, 9:24 p.m. CST

    Let's hope it doesn't end up being Channing Tatum.

    by JuanSanchez

  • I fell bad for Hill.

  • April 11, 2011, 9:29 p.m. CST

    Come on, Diesel can take a pay cut!

    by DrPain

    Actors do it all the time. I think Sly and Vin would be cool on screen together. Especially with Hill behind the camera.

  • April 11, 2011, 9:29 p.m. CST

    Sly, PLEASE consider Vin Diesel

    by DrPain

  • April 11, 2011, 9:35 p.m. CST

    I dare Hill to cast Eric Roberts in the role of the Hitman

    by The Krypton Kid

    That would kill!

  • April 11, 2011, 9:39 p.m. CST

    Harry, some of the jokes you make crack fall pretty flat for me...

    by BlaGyver

    But I laughed audibly at "not the oppressive MAN, but the MAN who gets COOL SHIT DONE". Good one big guy.

  • April 11, 2011, 9:41 p.m. CST

    I'm sure Sly would love to get Vin, but Vin wouldn't do it.

    by JuanSanchez

    Too big an ego. He claims putting The Rock in F5 was his idea, but he didn't like sharing the spotlight with him.

  • April 11, 2011, 9:41 p.m. CST

    Sly is the hitman - the younger one is the cop.

    by JuanSanchez

  • April 11, 2011, 9:41 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

  • April 11, 2011, 9:42 p.m. CST idea why make is in that subject...

    by BlaGyver

  • April 11, 2011, 9:42 p.m. CST

    c3po - That's exactly what this is "BACKSEAT DIRECTOR"

    by Mennen

  • April 11, 2011, 9:44 p.m. CST

    How about Arnold

    by antonphd

    Let's see the two of them kick ass together at least once.

  • April 11, 2011, 9:44 p.m. CST

    bringingsexyback ... ANY TIME

    by Mennen

  • April 11, 2011, 9:46 p.m. CST

    Timothy Olyphant co starring in a Walter Hill action movie

    by antonphd

  • April 11, 2011, 9:51 p.m. CST

    It's an old guy / young guy thing. Won't be Arnie.

    by JuanSanchez

  • April 11, 2011, 10:01 p.m. CST

    Sly face looks like an expired Lunchables box

    by Roger Moon

  • April 11, 2011, 10:05 p.m. CST

    Sloth from The Goonies in a wig.

    by The_Dark_Shite

  • April 11, 2011, 10:07 p.m. CST

    ryan reynolds

    by yabory

    that would be a great team up. but fuck it, sly and jason statham should be every movie together.

  • April 11, 2011, 10:16 p.m. CST


    by Jarek

    That's actually why I brought up Banderas. This movie on the surface reminded me of Assassins. I too have a soft spot for that flick.

  • April 11, 2011, 10:17 p.m. CST

    Expendables sucked...

    by milla jovovich

    people really want more old ass Stallone? That facial hair of his makes his mouth look like a stripper's twat.

  • April 11, 2011, 10:24 p.m. CST

    Shia Labouf!!!!!!

    by PeopleCallMeTheBriMan

  • April 11, 2011, 10:35 p.m. CST

    Dark comedy vs dark action movie

    by RichardLuzT

    I'm intrigued about the more violent approach but if not everyone on the team wants to make that precisely then it's ok, there'll be time to find another good movie like that. I'm up for having a good time, no matter the ammount of violence in the pic. Quite a resume on that Walter Hill dude.

  • April 11, 2011, 10:54 p.m. CST


    by tommyleespenis

    oh wait....

  • April 11, 2011, 10:55 p.m. CST

    needs Nic Cage

    by ace mccoy

    Imagine Stallone and Nicholas Cage teaming up, this could be that very project

  • e.g. Shoot wide and avoid the shaky cam and whip pans/crash zooms BS that ruined most of the well choreographed fights in Expendables (and Bourne, Quantum, Nolan Batman etc...). I don't care if Stallone "ghost directs" to some degree. I think Walter Hill will cope :) Between them hopefully they can pull something pretty great together. It's really going to come down to the co-lead casting. Please let it be someone who's a real badass. Statham would be okay again. Just don't let it be some fucking pretty boy who would look more at home on a cat walk than kicking someones head in.

  • April 11, 2011, 11:20 p.m. CST

    I can't believe some of you morons want Vin Diesel

    by IndustryKiller!

    Diesel is just....I mean Christ it goes without saying at this point he's wretched and box office poison in anything without a F&F moniker in the title. Put your fucking idiotic fanboys brains from 1999 away for a second and THINK with a modicum of taste for God's sake.

  • April 11, 2011, 11:26 p.m. CST

    Walter Hill's last great flick was Extreme Prejudice.

    by Amadeo Zeller

    ...But Last Man Standing had its' moments, though.

  • April 11, 2011, 11:38 p.m. CST

    Why are so many people trashing Sly?

    by Ryan

    I mean yea, he is old. Who cares. I would still rather see Sly or Arnold on screen kicking ass than any of the younger guys. And yes, Vin Diesel is a terrible idea......... What about someone that no one would expect, like Brandon Routh as the younger guy?

  • April 11, 2011, 11:42 p.m. CST

    tom hardy

    by stranger in the alps

    would be cool

  • April 11, 2011, 11:46 p.m. CST

    I don't know.....

    by captzeep

    Walter Hill has a pretty cerebral style..... you could say cool and distant...... you could say arm's length........ you could say he has a cynic's eye....... or maybe that's just me and I'm full of it. People don't usually mention "Southern Comfort" when Walter Hill comes up, but that's my favorite thing of his. Stallone on the other hand is just raw, raging emotion. How do you put those two things together?

  • April 11, 2011, 11:50 p.m. CST

    Good call on Timothy Olyphant

    by MaxCalifornia.

    I could see him clashing with Sly. In the movie, I mean. Give him something better than I am number four, at least...

  • April 12, 2011, 12:06 a.m. CST

    "hard times" is his best movie...

    by JimmyJoe RedSky

    ... then "the warriors" (not the director's cut with the comic book slant)

  • April 12, 2011, 1:01 a.m. CST

    Want: Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Would Settle for: Vin Diesel. Getting: Jay Pharoah

    by Doctor_Strangepork

  • April 12, 2011, 1:05 a.m. CST

    Hill is such a great director. Can't wait to see this.

    by Ecto-1

  • April 12, 2011, 1:05 a.m. CST

    Walter Hill

    by IndyJonze

    will walk from this turd fest. Probably needs a movie badly and doesn't get much offers cause of age, but Stallone will be calling the shots. Backseat driver is right. Stallone has directed himself for way too long to be able to be directed anymore. Same with writing. He rewrites everything and claims it for his own cause let's never forget the man wrote Rocky. I love Walter Hill as much as the next action fan, but Stallone needs to be in the hands of a younger, cooler director to give it a contemporary feel and not feel like a 90s flick which screams DTV now. But the man shows no respect, knows no respect. And what is this comedy bullshit Sly???! You can't do comedy. Nobody wants to see you try..don't even try to be funny you don't have it in you. Just kill people viciously and walk cool, dude.

  • April 12, 2011, 1:08 a.m. CST

    Tango & Cash was great

    by NoMotivatioN

    wOw wOw WOW, Tango&Cash is awsome. As a kid I loved that movie, the prison escape was sweeet. Now back the fuck off Tango & Cash cause Kurt Russel as Riggs and Sly as super high class rich smart cop, thats great, movie is great for the old time action hero movies. Your triping if your intention was to say it was bad.

  • April 12, 2011, 1:21 a.m. CST

    by impetus

    Michael Fassbender kicks all kinds of ass. It's shocking that he's not a huge star yet, but it will happen. I like Dwayne Johnson, and he's is finally getting back into action after a bunch of Disney fluff. Ignoring the young up-and-comers for a bit, I'd love to see Sly paired with or against Jean Reno, Arnie, Patrick Warburton (in an action comedy), Ron Perlman, Ray Stevenson, and Axe Cop. Speaking of Ray Stevenson, can you imagine Sly as a Punisher villain? That would be seriously awesome.

  • April 12, 2011, 1:58 a.m. CST

    It is like The Rookie with Clint Eastwood & Charlie Sheen

    by Frye777

  • April 12, 2011, 2:42 a.m. CST

    why does it need a a younger co-star? fuck this shit

    by chien_sale

  • April 12, 2011, 2:52 a.m. CST

    Walter Hill doing anything is cool news.

    by Nomoredirtyanything

    that is all.

  • April 12, 2011, 2:59 a.m. CST

    Walter Hill Lives!!

    by AsimovLives

  • April 12, 2011, 3:05 a.m. CST

    Another awful Stallone movie? boring.

    by Mel

    Rocky Balboa, Rambo, and The Expendables were all awful.

  • April 12, 2011, 3:43 a.m. CST

    Hollywood needs Walter Hill and John Milius

    by CuervoJones

    I´m sick of pretty kids, shaky-cams and digital action.

  • April 12, 2011, 3:44 a.m. CST

    Wild Bill

    by CuervoJones

    Man, that movie is good.

  • April 12, 2011, 3:58 a.m. CST

    HEADGEEK does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    Harry, a question if I may.. As things stand do you know whether we'll get HEADSHOT or EXPENDABLES II first? (also any news on that intriguing sounding EXPENDABLES Directors Cut?)

  • April 12, 2011, 4:05 a.m. CST

    Ben Foster would've been ideal before The Mechanic.

    by alan_poon

  • April 12, 2011, 4:08 a.m. CST

    EricBana does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    Eric Bana would be my choice for the cop to play alongside Sly's hitman. He's a great actor with enough charisma to hold his own alongside Sly. He'd be believeable as a cop with ethics - but who's prepared to go outside the law to take down the bad guys. Plus if this movie has any car chases then we all know Bana is an uber petrol head - you wouldn't need to hire a stunt driver!

  • April 12, 2011, 6:15 a.m. CST

    "Hey cowgirl, I'm servin' pralines and cream..."

    by Julius Dithers

    " long as I got a face, you got a place to sit." I thought that line from Extreme Prejudice was funny as hell.

  • April 12, 2011, 7:12 a.m. CST

    Just an excuse for Harry to tell us about his Sly call.

    by Jeffrey

    Who in their right mind would care about this? Maybe when it's on HBO a few months after theatrical release (and there is nothing else on).

  • April 12, 2011, 7:14 a.m. CST


    by somdawg

    At last, someone had the guts to say it! Look, Sly is/was GREAT a movie star in the truest sense of the term. In his youth, the camera LOVED him. Movie stars are people who capture your attention when they're onscreen. Sly got lots of my money for the mediocre films that you mentioned. Im a fan, but I ain't blind. He really is not that good of an actor. But undoubtedly one of the top movie stars of his time. I accept that and still pay to watch, but with increasing disapointment.

  • April 12, 2011, 7:16 a.m. CST


    by KonkBob

  • April 12, 2011, 7:28 a.m. CST

    Stallone + Hill. Can you diiiiiig it?

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    Can you count suckas?

  • April 12, 2011, 8:08 a.m. CST

    What about Kramer?


    Picked up a few comments earlier on his clash with Sly. First I heard. I love Wayne's stuff and was really looking forward to this. Anyone know what he's doing now?

  • vin diesel sucks a big fat dick, so does channing tatum, and paul walker, fast the furious sucks, it reminds me of all those scumbags in my small town who go to the middle of town with their stupid ass hondas that they "pimped out" so they say and put a wing on the back and some "cool new" pipes and think they're the shit. so thats first off, second did anyone see GI Joe, yeah channing tatum was real great wasn't he? sucked that shit up with a straw, if either of those actors or paul walker are in this movie someone should be shot.

  • April 12, 2011, 9:14 a.m. CST

    "Red Heat" = forgotten classic

    by Gozu

    Same with "Southern Comfort." Still, when was his last really good movie?

  • April 12, 2011, 10:05 a.m. CST

    not james franco please

    by Vin

    Let's go weird. Macaulay Culkin.

  • April 12, 2011, 10:18 a.m. CST

    Totally fucking psyched. And Guy Fucking Pearce.

    by WriteForTheEdit

    He'd rock it with Stallone. Like "L.A. Confidential" but not all past tense and shit.

  • April 12, 2011, 10:20 a.m. CST

    Needs a real actor - would like to see Ryan Gosling

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    in a Walter Hill directed ass stomper. Guy could use a good genre flick on his resume.

  • April 12, 2011, 11:02 a.m. CST


    by DrPain

    He would be perfect. Pass the torch Sly! Everybody remembers how awesome it was when Arnold appeared in The Rundown with The Rock.

  • April 12, 2011, 11:15 a.m. CST


    by blakindigo

    Without interference. Remember WHY you hired him: 48 Hours The Getaway The Warriors Southern Comfort The Long Riders etc. Let him do his thing please. No repeat of "Supernova", goddamnit!!

  • April 12, 2011, 11:17 a.m. CST

    didn't he do his thing with streets of fire?

    by Vin

    I enjoyed it. But seems like no one else did.

  • April 12, 2011, 11:35 a.m. CST

    I'm in yah post geeks liquidizing yah soulz!

    by Arkhaminmate001

  • April 12, 2011, noon CST

    cageaholic is absolutely right

    by fustfick

    I, too, want Nicolas Cage with Sylvester Stallone in a Walter Hill film.

  • April 12, 2011, 12:02 p.m. CST

    Warwick Davis

    by jpt

    Except that he would be rhyming all the time in his Lep voice, which would drive Stallone's character crazy. Oh, the hijinks!

  • April 12, 2011, 12:03 p.m. CST

    indyjonze - That covers it completely.

    by Mennen

    Stallone has been in his own way for decades. A paranoid tool.

  • April 12, 2011, 12:14 p.m. CST

    Sly, why were you a bloated mess in the last Rambo?

    by Mennen

    Just curious.... oh wait, I know. They took all your shit before you were able to finish your cycle. Damn, that sucks. You could have looked good in that movie.

  • April 12, 2011, 12:16 p.m. CST

    Robert Patterson for the win!

    by Tikidonkeypunch

    Since people are coming up with lame ideas. Really, Ryan Gosling???

  • April 12, 2011, 1:11 p.m. CST

    Why does Sly continue to think Harry and AICN have all the answers?

    by Acquanetta

    I realize Sly needed a way to get back into the game a few years back, and saw AICN as his ticket to generating buzz for Rocky 6. But at this point, he needs to stop trying to get approval for every new project. The reality is that fanboys will turn on him quicker than anyone- as the backlash against Expendables proved.

  • April 12, 2011, 1:18 p.m. CST

    "The name is Headshot, Frank Headshot. I'm a P.I."

    by cookylamoo

  • April 12, 2011, 1:54 p.m. CST

    The money people will insist on Justin Bieber and PG-13

    by v3d

  • April 12, 2011, 2:41 p.m. CST

    LOL--Stallone and Justin Bieber

    by crazybubba

    good one....will Justin Bieber jokes ever get tired.

  • April 12, 2011, 3:18 p.m. CST

    No wrestlers. His young partner needs to be someone who can act.

    by Bobo_Vision

    The problem is....most people who can act don't want to be in action films with Stallone. Cop Land was an exception. BUT, if he can make it happen....get someone like Ed Norton, Sam Rockwell, James Franco....someone like this. <p> No muscleheads 'cause then it just becomes wrestling outside of the ring.

  • April 12, 2011, 3:40 p.m. CST

    This could be a classic! Cast Vin Diesel!

    by v1per187

    This project now has all the tools to be a modern classic! Walter Hill! Sylvester Stallone! Great story! Great script! Sly, if you are listening... I cannot tell you enough how important it is to cast the proper young action actor to co-star with you. Vin Diesel or Statham are your two best bets. The movie would make sooo much $$$$$$!!!! Look what Diesel did with the last two Fast&Furious installments... He made them into straight up action films! Give him the chance Sly! Dont cast Adrian Brody or Matt Damon or crappy actors like that.

  • April 12, 2011, 3:43 p.m. CST


    by homer40

    Well, at this point, that just means you can't say fuck more than once. I can't think of a Hill movie for which the violence would have merited an R these days. I would say that Walter's last "great" film was either The Long Riders or Southern Comfort. I can't remember which was released first. I was fond of Trespass, though it doesn't rank with his best work.

  • April 12, 2011, 3:48 p.m. CST

    DON'T CAST Channing Tatum!

    by v1per187

    Sly, do NOT cast Channing Tatum! None of the male demographic like him!!!

  • April 12, 2011, 5:56 p.m. CST

    Hills movies would all still get Rs today

    by IndyJonze

    They were tonally adult and hard hitting and had tons of cursing. Johnny Handsome would be R for nudity, violence, language, overall badassness... so would 48 HRS, naked hookers, girlfriends, strong violence, cursing... Long Riders would actually get an R today simply for violence. Lots of slo mo exploding bullet wounds, I think there was a bit of Belle Star nudity as well... Southern Comfort, definitely for continual language and bloody violence, lots of cajun death traps, spikings... Peter Coyote getting half his head blown off in the beginning... Walter Hill is a seriously violent film maker who only toned it down for Streets of Fire back in the day and the Driver was basically just one big car chase, would be PG-13 today. Extreme Prejudice had major bloody violence, nudity, language...C'mon, Walter Hill doing a PG-13 comedy action thingy makes me sick to my stomach. Stallone is such a pussy. He just wants the $$$$, that's all he's ever been about.

  • April 12, 2011, 8:29 p.m. CST

    jason statham!

    by jsfithaca

    too easy! i saw someone say tim olyphant though that would be awesome. im loving justified

  • April 12, 2011, 8:45 p.m. CST

    Speaking of John Woo........John Woo's EXPENDABLES 2 please.

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    And speaking of John Woo again, Chow Yun Fat would be good in either EXPENDABLES 2 or HEADSHOT.

  • April 12, 2011, 8:49 p.m. CST

    JAKE GYLLENHAAL effectively played a soldier in SOURCE CODE

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    He would be my vote for a younger co-star.

  • April 12, 2011, 9:44 p.m. CST

    I've got it! Bradley should be Bradley Cooper

    by Bobo_Vision

    You're welcome.

  • April 13, 2011, 2:56 a.m. CST

    Olynphant was boring as Hell in Diehard 4

    by chien_sale

    The guy sucks

  • April 13, 2011, 8:16 a.m. CST

    They should get Malcolm Jamal Warner

    by apna

  • April 15, 2011, 9:22 p.m. CST

    Throw 'em for a loop: hire Chloe Moretz!

    by MrMysteryGuest

    She can fight and cuss like an action star! Why not?!? ;P

  • July 4, 2011, 6:21 a.m. CST


    by Paul HarrisGreen

    mark wahlberg