Wayne Kramer Butts Heads with Stallone, Drops Out of Headshot

Update: Walter Hill (The Warriors) is now reportedly in talks to take over as director of Headshot.

A few months ago, Sylvester Stallone signed on to star as a New Orleans hitman in Headshot, an action-thriller that was set to be directed by Wayne Kramer (Running Scared). It was going to be Sly’s first role in a movie he didn’t direct since Spy Kids 3-D in 2003, and the two seemed like they should work well together considering their mutual love of gritty action flicks. Sadly, it appears that they did not get along so well after all, because this week Deadline is reporting that Kramer has left the project due to creative differences. Will Stallone jump into the director’s chair himself to replace him?

Details are pretty vague at the moment, but it definitely appears to be a disagreement between Kramer and Stallone that prompted him to quit. It’s unclear how their visions might have differed. Either way, it seems a bit odd considering that Kramer was attached to the project first, but I suppose if you can only keep one of them, Stallone would be the bigger draw.

The movie was set to start shooting next month in New York and Louisiana, so unless they can find a replacement quickly it may end up getting delayed. Considering that Stallone also recently stepped down as director of The Expendables 2, it doesn’t seem likely that he would be eager to direct Headshot himself. However, if he is taking charge and muscling in on the creative reins, who would want the job in the first place? It will be interesting to see what develops out of this.

In other Stallone news, he is apparently launching a men’s clothing line called Sly Inc that will cater to “the rebel and the gentleman.”

  • kyri

    It’s Sad because Running Scared was a really good Film, This guy has a very weird but also special style. He is stylized, glossy, he is a slo-mo lover, but he is also capable to tell a story. Probably his style was not something that Stallone felt comfortable with..

    Anyways.. I love movies that are filmed in New York.

  • Leon

    Word has it that Kramer wanted to take the film in a grittier direction and Stallone kept trying to soften it, go in a cheesier direction and they butted heads and Kramer walked. Sounds like Kramer was trying to make the film that Sly fans wanted and Sly was chasing the $$$$. Either way, the fans lose.

  • projectgenesis

    Walter Hill!!! Yes!!! Bout time that dude step back into the game. Anyone see Extreme Prejudice? What a fick

  • Faggymcbitchtits

    @Leon. I highly doubt that.

  • Fatbologna

    Extreme Prejudice is the most masculine film of all time. My dick inverted itself into a vagina and I was pregnant by the end.

    Stoked to see Walter Hill making a comeback with this.

  • projectgenesis

    @ Fatbologna The only thing that isn’t very masculine about Extreme Prejudice is Gay Lamar from Revenge of the Nerds playing a mercenary.