Hollywood has shifted in such a way that moving to TV is no longer seen as the end of your career, in fact it’s now seen as a way to improve your career. The latest big screen star to hit the box is Sylvester Stallone. The Italian Stallion is joining forces with Antoine Fuqua to turn Mario Puzzo (The Godfather)’s last novel Omertà into a television series.
This one is odd for a couple of reasons – Stallone is just coming off great reviews and an oscar nomination for his turn in Creed and he’s got a viable, if critically unfriendly franchise going with The Expendables. However, we all know quality writing has migrated to the small screen – and this Mafia drama should offer him a juicy role. This move for Stallone comes hot on the heels of the news that his former co-stars Mel Gibson and Kurt Russell are teaming for a new western series, The Barbary Coast.
According to Deadline:
A pilot script and a bible are already in place by Justin Herber and Adam Hoff, and a writers room is quickly being assembled. A showrunner and a female lead actress will be in place shortly. The networks will soon have their shot at it, with the expectation one will bite for a full series commitment.
Movies In Focus will keep you updated on how this comes together.