Stallone in "Creed" (Photo: Warner Bros.)

The gifted genre director Jim Mickle is taking a break from creating under-seen Joe R. Lansdale adaptations for film and TV to make a thriller with Sylvester Stallone, reports Deadline. The currently untitled project, written by one Daniel Casey and formerly called Godforsaken, will star Stallone as an aging ex-con out to ā€œavenge a son he hardly knew.ā€ Few details are available about the project, though it will presumably get made before The Esperanza Fire, Mickleā€™s stalled project about a 2006 California wildfire that killed five firefighters and was subsequently discovered to be the work of a serial arsonist.

Mickle started in horror, attracting attention for his Days Of Heaven-influenced vampire film Stake Land and his better-than-the-original remake We Are What We Are, but has since shifted his attention to crime and pulp. And given his affection for weathered textures and all things that smack of ā€˜70s Hollywood, a project with Stallone makes perfect sense. The film is being produced by STX Entertainment, an industry newcomer that debuted last year with Joel Edgertonā€™s The Gift and is currently developing a number of projects, including Aaron Sorkinā€™s directorial debut. It will be Mickleā€™s first film without his longtime writing partner, Nick Damici.


Stallone hasnā€™t had a live-action role since his goodwill-boosting, Oscar-nominated performance in Ryan Cooglerā€™s Creed, but he has several projects in the works, including a made-for-TV adaptation of Mario Puzoā€™s Omerta that is set to be directed by Antoine Fuqua. Heā€™s also set to appear in Guardians Of The Galaxy, Vol. 2.