Twitch has posted the first images from The Tomb, the upcoming Mikael Håfström-directed thriller notable for having Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone at last sharing a screen away from the judging eyes of Dolph Lundgren.
In the film, Stallone plays a wrongly-incarcerated inmate forced to escape from a prison OF HIS OWN DESIGN (because Stallone definitely comes across as an architect) with the help/hindrance of fellow inmates like Jim Caviezel, Vincent D'Onofrio, Sam Neill, and, of course, Schwarzenegger--who seems to be playing the role as as surprisingly-grayed Josh-Brolin-If-You-Squint.
Below, have a look at some more shots from the film, and see Stallone at his most comically woebegone.
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Just a day after confirmation that aging action heroes Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone will share the screen again for The Tomb, today we have the teaser poster for the film, as tweeted by Arnold himself. Schwarzenegger's head is pretty obviously over-photoshopped, but overall, the images does pretty good job getting its point across--and I love that the lack of title or tagline keeps the viewer focused on the image, letting the eye slowly discover just how many tubes have been violently jammed into Stallone. I can't wait for 2013!
- The rumors of a Schwarzenegger/Stallone teaming up again have been confirmed, with Deadline reporting the Planet Hollywood investors will be sharing a prison wing in Mikael Håfström's The Tomb. Gosh, do you think anyone will think to promote this occasion with a magazine cover featuring both guys flexing?
- Christian Bale and Cate Blanchett have already signed on to star in Terrence Malick's next two films--Knight of Cups and Lawless--and now so has Natalie Portman. They're all probably going to come out of this as three-way best friends.
- If you like seeing Denzel Washington yell at a abdominally-fit young hotshot in Safe House and Unstoppable, you will probably also pay to watch him shout at Mark Wahlberg in a movie called 2 Guns. Universal Pictures hopes that is true.
- You guys enjoying HBO's Luck? Well, your enjoyment is killing horses, you monster.
Neither possessing the talent to live out their active sixties in a smooth rock cover band, Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger may once again be teaming up to grunt at each other in a big dumb action movie. The two--who sadly only realized twenty years too late that they belong bandoliered together in a single, sweaty union--will later this year shoot at things, their guns at last firing in unison, in The Expendables 2, but already there's talk of another Stallone/Schwarzenegger supergrouping. With news of Mikael Håfström taking over directing duties on The Tomb (the film in which Stallone will star as a framed man forced to escape a prison--OF HIS OWN INESCAPABLE DESIGN!) has come word that Schwarzenegger too has been approached to lend his ever-Austrian voice to the production. Arnold had previously considered the lead role now inhabited by Sly, so it's unclear how a lesser part will suddenly make the film a more appealing project to him, but perhaps the promise of another reunion of Planet Hollywood investors will yet be enough to encourage the Governator to re-merge with Stallone, forming a wildly-profitable tumor of muscle and vein that no one can resist.
What prisons better contain us than the ones we design in our own minds, cells built from fears with bars made of insecurities? Well, how about an ACTUAL fucking prison Sylvester Stallone designed and is now trapped in? Such is the case Sylvester Stallone will argue in The Tomb, a new action thriller being set up by Summit Entertainment and Emmett/Furla Films. According to Variety, Stallone has signed on to join the film as lead Ray Breslin, "the world's foremost authority on structural security -- specifically prisons." When someone frames Breslin for murder, he finds himself convicted and, you guessed it, sent to a prison OF HIS OWN DESIGN. From there, he must figure out who framed him, but that's hard because, "I build this place to be airtight. A housefly can't get in here without a visitor badge," I imagine Stallone will grunt. Though, perhaps there is ONE crazy way for Stallone to break out. It's a longshot, but it's the only shot he's got...
The film was originally setup as an Antoine Fuqua project to star Bruce Willis, and later had the interest of Schwarzenegger, but now that Stallone is firmly attached, Fuqua has already moved on to directing Eminem in Southpaw, leaving The Tomb trapped in a prison of its own not having anyone to direct. Craig Gillespie, you don't have anything going on. How about it?
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