Sylvester Stallone, the writer, was responsible for Rocky. He was also partially or fully responsible for Staying Alive, Over the Top, Cobra…well, more bad than good has been the career of Sly Stallone, writer. But give the guy credit; he’s brought himself back from wallowing in the gallows of direct to video hell with some smartly played moves that feed off our nostalgia and wouldn’t you know it, it’s like we never left 1985. And now, Stallone has written another movie that will star Jason Statham and…wait for it…James Franco…seriously.
The movie is called Homefront (might want to think about changing that title Sly) and here’s a brief rundown on what James Franco is apparently excited to do:
Phil Broker, an ex-DEA agent who moves his family to a quiet town hoping to escape his past. However, he finds the town to be overrun with violence, drug traffickers and an evil meth magnate named Gator. To save his endangered family, retribution is now the only thing Broker seeks."
Well, you certainly can’t call Sly original. But I don’t think he's ever had designs on being the next Charlie Kaufman. Statham is set to play Broker, which makes sense and Franco will be taking on the role of Gator. Gator huh… sounds either like a guy who works at a Blue Beacon Truck Wash and looks forward to drinking Michelob, playing pool and kicking ass or a character that would be played Burt Reynolds. Certainly, doesn’t sound like a guy who is considered a Meth magnate, but what do I know?
Franco has become a curious fellow lately what with the roles he chooses. I guess it’s good that he takes things that he may genuinely find interesting or fun, but really, a movie written by Stallone? Think about this James, the guy was also responsible for Rhinestone.
Oh, in case you were wondering, Homefront is being produced by Stallone and directed by Gary Fleder, whose career is pretty unimpressive up to this point. This might be a fun, escapist Saturday movie on a lazy April afternoon, but I’m not going to hold my breath for that.
No word yet on when Homefront will start filming, but stay here kids, I’m sure this isn’t the last time we’ll make fun of this movie.