Sylvester Stallone to Write and Direct Hunter for Lionsgate?

After successfully revitalizing his career with Rocky Balboa, Rambo and The Expendables, Sylvester Stallone is now back in demand as an actor, securing roles in upcoming films like Bullet to the Head, The Tomb and Grudge Match. But will we see him back behind the camera again anytime soon? He relinquished directorial duties to Simon West for The Expendables 2 and doesn’t seem to be in as much of a hurry to continue making his own movies anymore. This week, however, we’re starting to hear reports that Stallone may be gearing up for his next project, an adaptation of James Byron Huggins’ Hunter. The novel has been described as “Predator set in Alaska.”

According to a report from Yahoo!, Stallone is currently in talks with Lionsgate to turn Hunter into a 3D feature film. He would write, direct and star in the film and would be looking at a potential 2014 release. The plot synopsis of the novel is as follows:

“Nathaniel Hunter could track anyone — or anything — on earth. Now the military desperately needs him for a mission that his ultrasensitive instincts tell him he should refuse. A beast is loose somewhere north of the Arctic Circle. It has already decimated a secret research facility and annihilated a squad of elite military guards. And the raging creature is headed south toward civilization, ready to wreak bloody devastation.

It’s a job that Hunter can’t turn down, but he soon discovers that his prey is terror incarnate, a half-human abomination created by a renegade agency through a series of outlawed genetic experiments. It has man’s cunning, a predator’s savageness, and a prehistoric power that has transcended the ages. And even if Hunter survives its unrelenting hunger for human blood, he’ll still have to confront the grim reality that it may have grown immortal.”

Some may remember that a similar plot was proposed for Rambo V at one point, as Stallone had optioned the rights to the book and wanted to shoehorn it into an existing franchise. When fans balked at the idea of adding sci-fi elements to Rambo, the idea was eventually abandoned. It seems to me that a straight up adaptation is a much wiser course of action and it could turn out to be something like The Thing meets The Grey. Are you interested in a big screen adaptation of Hunter? Do you prefer it when Stallone writes and directs his own movies or would it be better to let someone else handle the creative stuff?

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  • As a fan of films with main characters that have names that are ridiculously on the nose (It’s his name, the title of the movie, AND it’s what he does!), I have very high hopes for this.

  • Scott

    He can put out crap, and I should be very mad at him for Excrement II, but Sly has the kind of career I’d like to have. Star in, write, and direct action movies? It sounds so fun and creatively fulfilling.


  • Spooksta

    Sound great, im looking forward to it already.

  • MK

    I want Hunter to be made before Expendables 3. It might work as Rambo V, because I doubt the book’s protagonist is as badass as Rambo. The premise sounds like a more intense “Watchers”. I’d watch the movie even if it sucks, just for the creature effects. Stan Winston please!