BREAKING: Sylvester Stallone Taking Over Final Edit Of BULLET TO THE HEAD

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BREAKING: Sylvester Stallone Taking Over Final Edit Of BULLET TO THE HEAD

[Warner Brothers have issued a denial of this report here.]

It was just last week that word broke that the Walter Hill directed, Sylvester Stallone starring action picture Bullet To The Head had been pulled from the Warner Brothers release schedule just weeks before its planned April release.

No new release date was given at the time but sources tell ScreenAnarchy that November is now looking likely. And the reason for the delay? Sylvester Stallone is now personally overseeing a new - and presumably final - cut of the film.

Adapted from a graphic novel, Bullet To The Head pairs Stallone with Sung Kang of the Fast And The Furious franchise as a hitman and a cop who join forces to take down a common enemy, played by Conan's Jason Momoa.
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QinlongMarch 3, 2012 5:49 PM

I wonder if Walter Hill will resort to the "Thomas Lee" credit like he did on Supernova. It would be sad for him, as BROKEN TRAIL proved he still has it. I love Sly, but he should have taken the reigns from the beginning, or not at all.

IanMarch 3, 2012 6:15 PM

I agree, I hope Sly didnt treat Hill badly.

Joe YoungMarch 3, 2012 9:22 PM

Poor Walter Hill.....unfortunately I think he´s used to this´s not first time.

Stallone has always been a bad director.....when will he learn...?

GenkiMarch 4, 2012 8:16 AM

I am Stallone fan but her interfere too much. A long time ago he acted in F.I.S.T and tried to change the script, did not want to die etc. Before the release he say script is more him than Joe Ezsterhaus. After film release he say script was all Joe. Because F.I.S.T was big fail.

Joe YoungMarch 5, 2012 9:50 PM

Okay....ehhhh...Harry Knowles BFF Stallone is now DENYING the rumor that he is editing this film.....true or false.....that what Stallone is claiming....

Todd BrownMarch 5, 2012 9:52 PM

I know what my source is on this. It's solid. And it's not at all surprising, either ... regardless of what he's credited for and who is credited for other jobs Sly has called the shots on films for YEARS. this is nothing new.

Todd BrownMarch 5, 2012 9:53 PM

And, if you look at how the story here is phrased, it's possible that Stallone is playing some semantic games. We don't say Stallone is editing the film himself, just that he is overseeing the edit. It's being done to his specs. I don't think for a moment that he's in the booth himself but he's got final call.

If they were going to use Hill's edit this would still be coming out in April.

Joe YoungMarch 5, 2012 10:28 PM

Relax, Mr Brown....obviously AICN/Knowles is helping with the damage control.....Knowles is known for this and Stallone is personal friends with Knowles.....look at comments below the article...not many believe this story posted by Knowles.

Joe YoungMarch 5, 2012 10:32 PM

Maybe this could be something for you guys to do an editorial power vs directors...etc....there have been many occasions when a star (past & present) demanded recuts, meddling with films....ya´know....could be something to write about.

Unless you guys already done that...?

Todd BrownMarch 6, 2012 12:32 AM

Hmm. I'd have to figure out some sort of angle on an article, beyond the fact that it happens. It's a pretty simple equation, really ... if the studio thinks they'll make more money in the long term by siding with a star than a director they side with the star every time. And it's always, always, always been that way.

Joe YoungMarch 6, 2012 2:48 PM´s quite common....but when it comes to Paths of glory, Kubricks brilliant anti war film, there are different versions about the alternate ending: "Kubrick retained the ending through three drafts of the shooting script, and finally removed it at the urging of Douglas and the third credited screenriter, Calder Winningham, who demands credit for everything good in the film."

Wikipedia claims that James B Harris was the one who made sure the alternate ending wouldn´t be read...

"producer James B. Harris states that the original script contained an alternate "happy ending". However, in order to preserve the integrity of the film, the ending was changed. Harris got this past distributors by sending the entire script, instead of merely sending the new ending, knowing that they would be too busy to read the entire script again. Once the distributors from United Artists viewed the film, they were very enthusiastic, and left the film as it is."

I always heard the story that Douglas convinced Kubrick to not change the ending.