In the 1990s, Sly Stallone was keen on making ambitious science fiction films set in a dystopian future with the original Judge Dredd co-starring with Rob Schneider and his underrated Demolition Man co-starring with Wesley Snipes and Sandra Bullock (also featured Rob Schneider).
Well, a new report from Deadline reveals Stallone is returning the genre with Little America written and directed by Rowan Athale.
AGC Studios and Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes are producing.
Here is the film’s synopsis that sounds like a homage of sorts to John Carpenter’s Escape From New York.
Set in a dystopian future where America has become bankrupt and turned into a war zone, Sly will play a former Army Ranger hired by an Asian billionaire to find his daughter.
With the highly-skilled sister of the missing woman along for the ride, Sly’s Ranger must navigate the dark underbelly of Little America, a walled-off city within a city in Hong Kong where many Americans have fled.
Hopefully, Little American isn’t too similar to Escape From New York because producer Luc Besson tried something similar with the Guy Pierce film Lockout and was sued by Carpenter for basically stealing the premise from his original film.
The setting being in a futuristic section of Hong Kong might help things and it we don’t know how much future tech and visual effects will be involved.
Stallone is about to begin shooting his superhero flick Samaritan from United Artists/MGM, which is set to be released on December 11th.
A young boy learns that a superhero who was thought to have gone missing after an epic battle twenty years ago may in fact still be around.
Sly had a small role in Guardians of The Galaxy Vol.2 as original Guardian Starhawk but it remains to be seen if he’ll be coming back for Guardians of The Galaxy 3.