Wayne Kramer (“The Cooler”) has apparently stepped aside from the director’s chair of the upcoming Sylvester Stallone-led action feature “Headshot” for IM Global and EMJAG Productions says Deadline.
The story follows Stallone’s character, a New Orleans hitman, who teams up with a young NYPD detective in a high-stakes investigation that leads from the dingy back alleys of The Big Easy to the power corridors of Washington, D.C.
The unlikely duo, brought together by two vicious murders, take on all who stand in their way, and are willing to sacrifice everything to exact revenge. Alessandro Camon (“The Messenger”) penned the script.
Kramer has apparently dropped out after clashing creatively with Stallone on the direction of the film, and a replacement is now being sought. Shooting was to kick off next month in Louisiana and New York, no word if this will cause a delay though it seems likely.
The other possibility is that Stallone himself, who recently backed out of directing “The Expendables” sequel, could step into the director’s chair. Alexandra Milchan, Alfred Gough, Miles Millar and Kevin King Templeton remain attached to produce.
Update: Stallone has met with Walter Hill (“48 Hrs.,” “The Warriors”) about taking over the job. It’s also been revealed that the ‘creative differences’ between Kramer and Stallone were that the star wanted to make a dark comedy while Kramer’s vision was “much darker and exceptionally more violent” than how the project was originally conceived.