If you were hoping that Sylvester Stallone’s next film Headshot was going to be another throwback to ’80s action movies, particularly now that Walter Hill has taken the helm, you’re in luck, because it sounds like they’re very keen to capitalize on a proven formula from that era. Unfortunately for Stallone’s co-star Thomas Jane, that commitment to a proven formula may have just cost him his role in the film. According to Ain’t It Cool News, the movie has recently changed hands to producer Joel Silver’s Dark Castle Entertainment, and Silver has his own thoughts on what the movie should be. He wants to replace Jane with a more “ethnic” actor, harkening back to such classic pairings as Danny Glover and Mel Gibson in Lethal Weapon and Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy in 48 Hrs. The thing is, does the creative team agree with this decision, and would it actually make the movie any more marketable?
As previously reported, Headshot is a buddy action flick that revolves around a veteran hitman (played by Stallone) who teams up with a younger NYPD detective (Jane) to exact revenge on a corrupt politician. It seems like a great role for Stallone, but is it right for Thomas Jane? More importantly, would it be better with a minority in the role?
There’s no question that the formula has worked wonders for buddy cop movies in the past, and I don’t doubt that the movie could make more money that way. However, word on the street is that both Stallone and Hill still prefer to keep Tom Jane in the film. For his part, Jane has been quoted as saying, “I can tell you this, we have a classic with me & Sly & Hill. Script is tailor made for us all.” It’s been a while since Jane has starred in something great, and at this point I think he really needs the role. What do you think, are you a fan of Thomas Jane? Is this decision completely misguided, or is there a method to Joel Silver’s madness?