Sylvester Stallone will be playing a role in an upcoming movie titled Bullet to the Head, which is the adaptation of a graphic novel with the same name. In the movie Stallone plays a New Orleans hit-man who teams with a New York City detective in a high-stakes investigation that leads from the dingy back alleys of New Orleans all the way to the power corridors of Washington, D.C. The unlikely duo, brought together by two vicious murders, take on all who stand in their way, and are willing to sacrifice everything to exact revenge.
The original comic book in which the movie is based on, is one of the most notable crime comics titles in recent years: The crime noir masterpiece, written by Matz and drawn by Colin Wilson (Ed Brubaker’s Point Blank) centers on a pair of assassin buddies and a pair of cop buddies, with a body count that grows as the story progresses and each pair trying to figure out what is happening.
This series is an excellent crime story with fantastic art. There are lots of enjoyable dialogues, although some readers might not like the word balloons so wordy. The artwork which is masterfully done, brings the cat and mouse scenes to life in a memorable way.
So with this high bar for the fans, it would be interesting to see how Sylvester Stallone is going to bring the story to the big screen with his leading role.
Update (2018): Bullet to the Head was eventually released in 2012. Directed by Walter Hill, the film premiered at the International Rome Film Festival on November 14, 2012. The film received a wide United States release on February 1, 2013.
Rotten Tomatoes gives the film an approval rating of 47% based on 133 reviews. The site’s consensus reads: “Bullet to the Head’s unapologetically trashy thrills evoke memories of its star and director’s proud cinematic pasts – but sadly, those memories are just about all it has to offer”. Metacritic gives the film a score of 48/100 based on reviews from 34 critics, indicating “mixed or average reviews”. Jay Weissberg of Variety called it “a kickass actioner driven by personality rather than plot”.
Sylvester Stallone was nominated for a Razzie Award for Worst Actor for his performances in this film, Escape Plan and Grudge Match, where he lost to Jaden Smith for After Earth.