First Look: Schwarzenegger and Stallone Go to Jail in ‘The Tomb’

Published 3 years ago by , Updated September 17th, 2012 at 12:06 pm,

Footage and blurry screenshots from the set of The Tomb went online a couple months back, but today we have our first official look at the prison escape thriller. The film stars Sylvester Stallone as the world’s “foremost authority on structural security” (keep reading…) who, by no accident, ends up wrongly incarcerated in a high-tech prison of his own design.

Arnold Schwarzenegger co-headlines The Tomb, donning a distinguished silver fox look to portray a seasoned inmate of the titular facility (described in an early script review as “Guantanamo Bay 2.0″), who teams with Sly’s character in an effort to stage a dangerous breakout.

Schwarzenegger’s character in The Tomb has been described as an older version of Dutch from Predator, dropping cheesy quips and punching out anyone who gets on his bad side. He and Sly are playing a buddy duo that likewise feel ripped out of the 1980s; in fact, The Tomb sounds like the closest thing we’ll get to a Tango & Cash sequel (with Ah-nuld taking over for Kurt Russell). There are also elements from Red Heat, Lock-Up, and Assassins present in Jason Keller’s rewrite of Milo Chapman’s original script draft for The Tomb – such as how Schwarzenegger is an international cyber terrorist and computer genius (just go with it) whose skills prove essential to his partner’s escape plans.


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The Tomb is just the latest in a string of bro-heavy action flicks meant to keep the tradition of (as Sly calls it) male-pattern badness going as long as possible – along with this week’s The Expendables 2 and upcoming titles like The Last Stand, Bullet to the Head, Breacher, and The Unknown Soldier. All of these projects are emanating from a sense of nostalgia – not to mention, Sly and Ah-nuld’s hopes to keep their careers going, even as they’re being pushed toward retirement age.

Then again – when you look at the alternative (Taylor Lautner in Abduction), it’s hard to argue that people like Stallone and Schwarzenegger should not hold off on passing the torch to a new generation (at least, not yet).

The cast of The Tomb also includes people like Jim Caviezel, Vinnie Jones, Curtis Jackson, Vincent D’Onofrio, Amy Ryan, and Sam Neil in supporting roles. It’s directed by Mikael Håfström (1408, The Rite) and looks to reach U.S. theaters sometime in 2013.

We’ll let you know when an official release date for The Tomb has been set.


Source: The Wall Street Journal

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  1. Prison Break rip-off. I’d be surprised if Stallone doesn’t have a blueprint tatooed on his body.

    • From what I am reading I dont see this as Prison Break at all.

  2. prison break is a rip-off from prison movies. believe me till those two icons are death,they will be the biggest action stars. they don´t need to copy a prison series which i find was getting weirder and weirder from season to season.

    • Amen to that brother !

  3. This movie sounds exactly like Prison Break. You can’t tell me that the person who conceived the idea for this movie didn’t have Prison Break in mind. Even if just a little bit.

    • Weeeeellll, thats what I would tell you. :)

  4. prison break is an old concept. Its two of the biggest stars of all time in one movie…. this is crazy.

  5. Wow! This sounds really cool! The fact that Schwarzenegger is an international cyber terrorist and computer genius is kind of hokey but like they said, just go with it. Looks like fun!

  6. Who gives a s*** about prison break, did it have Schwarzenegger or Stallone. NO IT DIDN’T. this movie will be alot better than that crap.

    • word

  7. Exactly Sly and Arnie, together, in the same movie, nuff said!

  8. its probably gonna be hard to understand there lines …lol (joke)

    • lol, that´s right !

    • Yeah, but let’s hope they can spell better than you can.

  9. Holy s*** awesome cast

  10. Hope “The Tomb” doesn’t “die” at the box office. They may be rich actors, and they may be famous, but together the two of them don’t have the brains to pour water out of a soggy boot!

  11. I should be more excited that this team up is happening. Strangely im not.

  12. I’d rather have a Tango&Cash sequel. Wonder why Stallone hasn’t made that one yet.

  13. im already gettin my popcorn money out the swear jar!!!

  14. Can’t see this winning any oscars. sounds like the 80′s all over agin.