Sylvester Stallone pitches dark superhero drama to MGM


Famed actor and producer, Sylvester Stallone, landed a deal with MGM for a superhero drama under the newly formed Balboa Productions.

According to Deadline, MGM has acquired an original spec script from a screenwriter named Bragi F. Schut and its producer, Sylvester Stallone, who is the founder of the film studio, Balboa Productions. The film, called Samaritan, is a dark take on the superhero genre.

Stallone will star and produce the movie, which is interesting to note on whether he will be the lead. At age 72, this might just be stretching it for even Stephen Amell has to take things easy in terms of stunts in his prime.

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The action star would not make his first rodeo in the comic book genre. His first was Judge Dredd during the mid 90s and most recently became part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 as he appeared as Stakar Ogord as part of the Ravagers. Everything is kept hidden as details on the plot are kept quiet, but has been described as fresh.

Balboa Productions is a film studio formed with Braden Aftergood and has a multi-year deal with Starlight Culture Entertainment to develop film and television projects. Other projects include a biopic on Jack Johnson, the first African-American heavyweight champion, the James Byron Huggins adaptation of the novel, Hunter, and a memoir based on the biographic novel Ghost: My Thirty Years as an FBI Undercover Agent among others.

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Schut will also serve as executive producer of Samaritan. His credits include the Nicholas Cage headliner, Season of the Witch back in 2011, the psychological horror, Escape Room, which is being fast-tracked for a sequel due for release next year with the original director, Adam Robitel, and the upcoming thriller, Inversion, with Samuel L. Jackson attached.