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Sylvester Stallone Will Reportedly Recut 'Bullet To The Head' Himself For A November Release

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by Kevin Jagernauth
March 5, 2012 6:26 PM
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Update: Well, turns out Walter Hill is still very much at the helm of this one as Sylvester Stallone tells AICN that those rumors are "an egregious lie, I have nothing to do with the editing to BULLET TO THE HEAD.  Walter is doing a FANTASTIC job!  I think it is a FANTASTIC job and he's editing it!" Still no word on why the movie got yanked off the calendar though...

So, who knows better how to cut a film: Walter Hill (the man behind "The Warriors" and "48 Hours" but who hasn't made a decent movie since the '90s) or Sylvester Stallone (who is currently trying to make '80s movie schlock a revamped genre)? Well, while arguments can be made for both sides, at least when it comes to "Bullet To The Head," there is one clear winner.

According to Twitch, Sylvester Stallone will be overseeing a new/final cut of the film, thought it's not clear why Hill's work was not approved. As you might remember, the action pic was taken off the calendar by the studio from its original April 13th date. The plan now is release the film in November, though nothing is official just yet (IMDB has December 2012 listed, so perhaps there's something to this).

Hopefully we'll find out eventually what caused the film be held up for more tinkering, but at least from a publicity standpoint, it's never a good sign. But the premise is promising, with the film centering on a New Orleans hitman (Sly) and a Gotham cop (Sung Kang), who team up to take down the men responsible for their partners’ murders, with the conspiracy leading all the way to Washington, D.C. Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Christian Slater, Holt McCallany and Sarah Shahi co-star in the movie, with "Conan" dude Jason Momoa playing the lead villain. Conan vs. Rocky? How could it not be good, right? Either way, this has the potential to be the most grunt and mumble-filled movie of the year.

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5 Comments

  • Huh? | March 6, 2012 2:48 AMReply

    "So, who knows better how to cut a film: Walter Hill (the man behind "The Warriors" and "48 Hours" but who hasn't made a decent movie since the '90s) or Sylvester Stallone (who is currently trying to make '80s movie schlock a revamped genre)? Well, while arguments can be made for both sides"

    No. Walter Hill worked on Deadwood, directed The Driver and Warriors, and co-wrote the original Alien. Stallone wrote Rocky - a great script - but also wrote the sequels, Driven, Over the Top and Staying Alive (and appeared in many worse films). Even mediocre or auto-pilot Hill has interesting visual ideas and narrative concepts (like with Wild Bill, an unsuccessful film that has an original structural approach to the biopic format), whilst Stallone made The Expendables, a film with zero ideas and shoddy execution. Hill deserves respect and the right to make his own film, and Sly should have learnt long ago that - if he let interesting filmmakers do their thing - he had a better chance of making a successful film.

  • Huh? | March 6, 2012 3:01 AM

    Take a look at these two scenes and tell me who understands structure and pacing better: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7b-Mg27nyQ0 and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hrMmiUSVRRI. Hill makes Ryan O'Neal look like a badass, whilst Sly has Arnold and Willis at his disposal and *still* cannot sustain a consistent or fun mood in his sequence.

  • Todd Brown | March 5, 2012 9:24 PMReply

    Of course Stallone is saying that. the man has been hands-on - to put it gently - with pretty much all of his films over the years and he's learned how to play it in the media so it doesn't splash back on him. I ran the original story, I know my source, and I know it's solid. Let's hear from Walter Hill that he's 100% in control and then there might be something to Stallone's statement but Walter aint talking.

  • Ryan | March 5, 2012 8:27 PMReply

    Walter Hill is still in charge.

    http://www.aintitcool.com/node/54063

  • Rememberthisshitatchristmas | March 5, 2012 8:19 PMReply

    Aint it cool has already debunked this story.

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