The two companies have been trying to get the pic off the ground for some time, and the project has seen a revolving door of action vets come and go. Antoine Fuqua was once attached to direct and Bruce Willis originally positioned to star. After Willis moved on, Arnold Schwarzenegger considered the pic for his post-politics bigscreen return.
Schwarzenegger instead chose Lionsgate’s “Last Stand” and Fuqua moved on to direct “Southpaw” for MGM, leaving “The Tomb” in a holding pattern.
Now, with Stallone onboard, the producers will look for a helmer to replace Fuqua. No production start date has been set.
Story follows Ray Breslin, the world’s foremost authority on structural security — specifically prisons. His skills are put to the test when he is framed and put in a high-security prison of his own design and must find the person who put him there.
Miles Chapman wrote the action screenplay, with Jason Keller providing a rewrite.
Mark Canton and Robbie Brenner will produce along with Randall Emmett and George Furla via their Emmett/Furla shingle, and Kevin King. Emmett/Furla Films and Summit are co-financing the project.
Summit Intl. has foreign rights, with sales set to commence shortly.
Emmett/Furla has several projects in the works, including “Broken City,” “Frozen Ground” and “Lay the Favorite.”
Stallone can be seen next in Warner Bros. “Bullet to the Head” and is in production on “Expendables 2” for Lionsgate.
Stallone is repped by WME.