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.”