Stallone and Schwarzenegger May Reunite For ‘The Tomb’ [Updated]

Published 3 years ago by , Updated July 31st, 2013 at 10:41 am,

The last time we reported on The Tomb, it was a Bruce Willis-starring vehicle that was to be directed by Training Day helmer Antoine Fuqua; now, the action flick is minus a director and has a new leading man, in the form of Willis’ Expendables costar/buddy Sylvester Stallone.

[UPDATE: The Tomb may have a new helmer after all. Read on for the details.]

Speaking of Sly’s Expendables pals – another one, namely Arnold Schwarzenegger, is currently giving serious thought to signing on for The Tomb. In a case of things coming full circle, Ah-nuld had originally considered making the film his starring comeback vehicle, before he decided to move ahead with The Last Stand instead.

Stallone is starring in The Tomb as Ray Breslin, a “foremost authority on structural security” who manages to concoct the ultimate escape-proof prison, just before irony rears its ugly head and Ray is framed for a crime that results in him being incarcerated in one of the very prisons he designed. AICN has the scoop on Schwarzenegger being interested in the film (again) but there’s no word yet on whether he would play the villainous figure who sets Breslin up – or one of Breslin’s inmates, who helps him execute his daring escape plan.

That Tomb plot synopsis, combined with Stallone being cast as a brilliant architect, is the sort of ridiculous setup you would expect for a decades-old action-thriller starring, say, Jean-Claude Van Damme or Stallone himself; hence the latter aging action icon’s interest, no doubt.

Sly’s been scratching that 1980s/90s itch for years now and he doesn’t look to stop anytime soon, seeing how all his upcoming films (Bullet to the Head, The Expendables 2, Rambo 5, and The Tomb) are all throwbacks to a bygone era of Hollywood action moviemaking. Of course, as far as Stallone’s longtime dedicated fans are concerned, that’s more than fine.

Schwarzenegger’s riding on the same boat as Stallone, with his impending slate of films also being “old-fashioned” thrillers that (in theory) will allow the ex-Governator to (partly) relive his glory days from the late ’80s/early ’90s; so, it makes all the more sense that he’d also be interested in a project like The Tomb.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger in ‘The Expendables 2′

The Tomb was originally scripted by Miles Chapman (Road House 2: Last Call) before his draft was rewritten by Jason Keller (Machine Gun Preacher, the upcoming Mirror Mirror). With such a hilariously contrived narrative setup in the first place, we can only hope that Chapman and Keller haven’t held off on including some catchy (cheesy) one-liners and over-the-top set pieces, so that this possible Stallone/Schwarzenegger team effort lives up to its potential as a fun homage to the pair’s classic work – and an entertaining popcorn flick in its own right.

While the next item on Schwarzenegger’s to-do list is Black Sands (a.k.a. Commando with a supernatural twist) we should find out for certain whether or not he’s starring in The Tomb before he sets to work on the former; likewise, expect to hear about a new director officially signing on for that Stallone vehicle soon.

UPDATE: “Soon” was definitely the right word to use there. Deadline is now reporting that Mikael Håfström (1408, The Rite) is in talks to direct The Tomb. Similarly, the director is said to be working with Chapman on ideas for a revised draft of the film’s screenplay.

Source: AICN

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  1. i enjoy these 80s/90s style gritty action flicks.

    • Amen johnny.

  2. I hope Stallone and Schwarznegger will be in this movie, it would be a dream come true.

    First The Expendables 2 and now this, I am happy that these two are finally putting their differnces aside to be in one movie together.

    I wish this movie was made in the 80′s when Stallone and Arine were big now these days, action gerne is dead and those Twilight punks are taking over.

    Let’s hope The Expendables 2 turns out to be a great sucess and maybe a reinvestion for the action gerne.

    • @ nawtnt

      You got that right. I always wanted to see these two in a film together in a action film. Like Tango & Cash w/ Kurt Russell which was also great. This movie sounds like it would be great, especially since Arnold could possibly be a bad guy again. A serious one anyways, not counting Mr. Freeze. I never seen any of the Twilight films. From what i heared, they seem like chick flicks as i noticed at walmart when each dvd comes out, most of the people there getting their dvds are girls. I do watch True Blood.

      I hope Expendables 2 will be better & both Willis & Arnold do infact have bigger roles.

  3. If Arnold’s in than so am I!

    • haha me2 :)

  4. Geez guys!, give it up already, its starting to look a little embarrassing!. The concept of the Expendables i can forgive because its about old-timers, but can’t you be more like Eastwood and direct great films and play characters more your age. You don’t want to be still wielding that uzi nine-millimeetoor when you are 75.

    • Precisely. Let’s face it, Schwarzenegger as an actions tar stretches credibility to the limit. He should never have come back to movies. he had fantastically successful careers in body-building, movies and politics, quitting all of them while he was ahead. Going back to become an ageing and pathetic action movie star at his age is just sad. I bet he won’t be taking his shirt off (we wouldn’t want people retching in their popcorn).

  5. Rambo 5? I thought that idea was scratched.

  6. I appreciate Stallone, but I just can’t see him playing a “brilliant” architect. Seriously.

    • ^

  7. I though I saw this in the form of a FOX TV series called “Prison Break”.