I haven’t seen a nice, dumb prison movie in a while. It seems like it used to be a staple of the action genre. Some super tough guy is framed for something or other, gets thrown in prison, and by the end he has beaten up both the other prisoners and the evil warden. Really, it’s a great plot for a movie, so they need to come back. Summit has been trying to put one called The Tomb together for a while, but it’s been slow going. First Bruce Willis was set to star, but then that didn’t work out. Then it seemed like Arnold Schwarzenegger was going to take the project, but he decided to do Last Stand instead. Also, there has been some shuffling of the director. Antoine Fuqua was going to direct at one point, but then he left to do Southpaw. What is a dumb prison movie to do?
It’s best bet is probably to just sit tight and hope that Sylvester Stallone eventually becomes interested in starring, and that’s exactly what has happened. Variety is reporting that the veteran action star has attached himself to star as Ray Breslin, an expert in structural security who ends up getting put into a high-security prison of his own design. The ironing is delicious.
The Tomb comes from a script originally written by Miles Chapman, that has had a re-write done by Jason Keller, and though Stallone is now on board there still isn’t a release date or a director announced for the project. That all will probably happen soon though. Sly is the type of no-nonsense star that gets things done. I just may get my stupid prison movie after all.