Looks like two former Planet Hollywood owners will be sharing the big screen again, but this time the word “Expendables” won’t be involved. I just received a press release from Summit saying that Arnold Schwarzenegger has joined Sylvester Stallone in The Tomb, to be directed by Swedish filmmaker Mikael Hafstrom (1408).
Written by Miles Chapman for the screen, with a rewrite by Jason Keller, THE TOMB follows Ray Breslin (Stallone) who is the world’s foremost authority on structural security. He’s analyzed every high security prison and has gained a vast array of survival skills. But all Ray’s ingenuity and knowledge are about to be put to work in the most challenging test he’s ever faced: escaping from the master prison of his own design.
Schwarzenegger will play an inmate named Church (not to be confused with Bruce Willis’ Mr. Church character in The Expendables), who keeps the prisoners together in their time of need.
With the addition of these heavy hitters, it looks like The Tomb will be the first of many prison-related movies announced over the past few years to actually make it to theaters. There was Super Max, the Justin Marks-scripted superhero story about the wrongly-incarcerated Green Arrow being trapped in a high security prison alongside the supervillains he put away. Soon after, there was a horror project also called Supermax (one word this time) which would have centered around a high security supernatural prison and a guard who must join forces with an inmate to escape after a riot breaks out. No word on further developments for either of those.