Will Arnold Join Sly in "The Tomb?" I Doubt It

Posted 2:25 AM January 12th, 2012 by Senh Duong

A “reliable contact” called Harry Knowles and told him that Arnold Schwarzenegger wants a piece of the action in “The Tomb,” which he had previously abandoned to do “The Last Stand” and is currently attached to Sylvester Stallone. Apparently, the two are talking, probably in between takes during the shooting of “The Expendables 2.”

Arnold, Sly, and Bruce in The Expendables 2

Since Arnold’s role in “The Expendables 2” is still relatively small, I’m sure fans would love to see the two icons of action cinema finally join forces in a movie with equal screen time, a la Jackie Chan and Jet Li in “The Forbidden Kingdom.” That film turned out ok - a little cheesy, but there is a lengthy and satisfying fight scene between Chan and Li. Let’s hope “The Tomb” turns out even better.

You know what? While they’re at it, they might as well call Bruce Willis up too. It was his project to start with. You see, he was the first to jump ship when Antoine Fugua was attached to direct. The two did “Tears of the Sun” together. Fugua implied in an interview that Willis bullied him and took the reigns from him during the filming of that movie. It’s no wonder “The Tomb” didn’t work out with them. Fugua left the project when Willis left, so the film is currently without a director.

Anyway, this all sounds very iffy to me. No offense to Harry, but I don’t trust “reliable contacts.” That’s the kind of contacts tabloid writers like to use when they just have to make stuff up about celebrities. I’m not saying that Harry made this up, I’m just saying “reliable contacts” tend to be questionable. As a fan of both Arnold and Sly, I hope it’s true, but I’ll wait for something more substantial from the trades.

In "The Tomb," a guy gets dumped into a prison that he designed and must escape to find out who put him there and why.

Stallone is currently finishing up “The Expendables 2” in China, where Jet Li will be shooting his first and only scenes in the film.

Arnold is still filming “The Last Stand,” which is slated for January 13, 2013 - about a year from now.

UPDATE 2: Harry's right. Arnold did signed on to join Stallone for "The Tomb." Variety confirmed it. Score another point for onliners.

UPDATE: Mike Fleming from Deadline.com reports that Mikael Hafstrom ("1408") is in talks to direct "The Tomb." Curiously, he calls it a drama; I'm not sure about that. He also heard the same "chatter" about Arnold, but because he's a Variety vet he's gotta check for confirmation first.

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