While he is not the young go-getter of his past, Sylvester Stallone continues to keep himself busy as he transitions from one action franchise to the next. Appearing in a supporting role for Marvel's upcoming blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 before walking away from his beloved series The Expendables, the 70-year old has reportedly inked a deal for Escape Plan 3.
According to Deadline, the veteran will reunite with Atmosphere Entertainment and Emmett/Furla Films to produce a third installment from the 2013 installment. An original film that starred Arnold Schwarzenegger, Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, Jim Caviezel, Amy Ryan, Vincent D'Onofrio and Vinnie Jones. Although Escape Plan 2: Hades has yet to premiere in cinemas, both Stallone and the studio have put pen to paper for the Rocky star to reprise his role as structural engineer Ray Breslin.
Much More Escaping Left For Sly Operator
Director Mikael Håfström did not exactly smash expectations to make a modest $137.3m from the movie's $50m budget. But it did pave the way for Stephen C. Miller to step into his shoes instead. The 36-year old has just wrapped shooting for Escape Plan 2: Hades, as screenwriter Miles Chapman returned for the screenplay to the sequel.
Miller is expected to work alongside Stallone for the third title. Bringing with him Emmett, Furla, Mark Canton and Zack Schiller as producers. The executive producing team will comprise of Ted Fox, Mark Stewart, Barry Brooker, Wayne Marc Godfrey and Stan Wertlieb as studio's Lionsgate Premiere and Leomus Pictures will share the duties for domestic release and co-production respectively.
Stallone Wants His Slice of the Demolition Man Pie
It has been 24 years since 1993's Demolition Man made its way onto the big screen, seeing Sylvester Stallone lead the science-fiction action romp next to Sandra Bullock, Wesley Snipes and Nigel Hawthorne. Only now has the actor decided that he did not receive adequate compensation for his part in the motion picture. Resulting in him suing Warner Brothers in the process. Why? Well, according to him, the studio intentionally concealed profits from the performers.
Making the bold accusation that Warner Brothers were working in a fraudulent and dishonest manner that robbed the talent for all they were worth, he utilized his loan-out company Rogue Marble to file the contract through the Los Angeles Superior Court.
Stallone issued a statement in regards to the complaint.
"The motion picture studios are notoriously greedy. This one involves outright and obviously intentional dishonesty perpetrated against an international iconic talent. Here, WB decided it just wasn't going to account to Rogue Marble on the Film. WB just sat on the money owed to Rogue Marble for years and told itself, without any justification, that Rogue Marble was not owed any profits. When a representative of Rogue Marble asked for an accounting, WB balked and then sent a bogus letter asserting the Film was $66,926,628 unrecouped. When challenged about this false accounting, it made a double-talk excuse, then prepared an actual profit participation statement for the same reporting period, and sent a check for $2,820,000 because the Film had in fact recouped its deficit."