Wayne Kramer (Running Scared) was originally down for the gig but he parted way with Stallone over creative differences last week, “Initially, Mr Kramer was hired to direct a dark comedy,” said Stallone. “However, his vision was much darker and exceptionally more violent than how the project was originally conceived. It was decided that it would be better for everyone to move on and consequently Mr Kramer was dismissed by producers earlier this week. There were no volatile clashes; it was simply a professional parting of the ways.”
Kramer’s departure means that Walter Hill has stepped into the breech and that can only be a good thing as he was behind some of the biggest action films of the 70s and 80s including, The Driver, The Warriors (“Warriors…come out to play…”), Southern Comfort and 48 Hrs. After making The Long Riders in 1980, he returned to the Western Genre with Geronimo: An American Legend and Wild Bill in the early 90s before going strangely quiet until 2002’s Undisputed. He did however get the first episode of Deadwood off the ground in 2004. He’s also produced every single one of the Aliens movies (including the duff AVP ones) so make of that what you will.
So this can only be good news. Headshot tells the story of a hitman (Stallone) and a cop (as yet uncast) who team up when they investigate the same murder case. After initially disliking each other they blah blah blah… fill in the rest yourself.
Stallone’s mightily pleased with the situation as he told Harry Knowles at Ain’t It Cool News, “We’ve been on the same track since The Driver, then 48 Hrs didn’t happen so here we are almost 35 years later, I’m finally driving with Walter Hill.”