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After a quick cameo in The Expendables (and part 2), action legends Stallone & Arnie are going to work together on The Tomb. Sadly not an 80s action knock-off (They should remake Firewalker!) but a prison escape drama.

It was confirmed today that Arnold Schwarzenegger will star opposite Sylvester Stallone in the action-thriller The Tomb, which will be directed by Swedish filmmaker Mikael Håfström.

An Emmett-Furla Films/Mark Canton production, the film is produced by Atmosphere Entertainment chairman Mark Canton (300, Immortals), Randall Emmett (Lay the Favorte, Rambo), George Furla (Lay the Favorite, Rambo), Robbie Brenner (Machine Gun Preacher, A Perfect Getaway), and Kevin King-Templeton (The Expendables, Rambo, Rocky Balboa). Emmett/Furla Films is financing the project. Summit holds worldwide distribution rights to The Tomb and will release the film in North America.

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, in the role of Church, plays a complex inmate with multiple shades of grey. He’s the guy who fights to keep the prisoners from losing their humanity in their darkest hour as they struggle together to stay alive.

The Tomb, which Brenner had originally set up as a spec script at Summit will be shot in Louisiana this spring.

"I am thrilled to be making 'The Tomb' with two film icons – Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger," said producer Mark Canton. "It is the perfect pairing for this high octane thriller. Robbie Brenner, Emmett/Furla, Kevin King-Templeton and I have been working long and hard with Summit to bring them together for this dynamic project."

Schwarzenegger and Stallone will next be seen on screen together in The Expendables 2, which is currently in post-production and will be released this summer by Lionsgate. Schwarzenegger just wrapped filming The Last Stand, produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura and directed by Jee-woon Kim.

Håfström recently directed horror film The Rite starring Anthony Hopkins for New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. He also directed 2010’s Shanghai starring John Cusack; the Jennifer Aniston, Clive Owen thriller Derailed; MGM’s 1408 starring John Cusak and Samuel L. Jackson, and the Swedish drama Evil.


Read more: Confirmed: Schwarzenegger Joins Stallone in The Tomb - ComingSoon.net http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=86815#ixzz1lpGGDvzO

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It was tweeted by Arnie with the following statement:

After all the action, stunts & physical abuse shooting The Expendables 2 and The Last Stand, it was time for a little tune up on my shoulder. Look who was coincidentally waiting in line behind me for his shoulder surgery. Now we're ready for another round of great times and action when we shoot The Tomb.

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Stallone plays Ray Breslin, a structural security expert who ends up in an 'escape-proof' facility based on one of his own designs after being framed for a crime he didn't commit. While inside, he meets Emil Rottmayer (Schwarzenegger) and the pair plan to escape and track down the true culprit using Breslin's survival skills. It also features Sam Neill, Vinnie Jones and 50 Cents. Filmed largely in New Orleans, The Tomb is due for release in 2013.

(Wow, look at Arnie here, and then in that hospital shot above)

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While inside, he meets Emil Rottmayer (Schwarzenegger)

They're actually going to acknowledge that he has an Austrian accent? Surely this is the first time Arnie's character isn't called something like "Brett Whiteman" or "John Smith"

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Why did it take all these action stars so long to team up.... both having shoulder surgeries, my god, surely time to think about takin it easy...

Because they are no longer big enough box-office draws on their own.

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Stallone's always been a bigger star than he has a box office draw though. Since 1985 (Rocky IV) he's only had two $100m+ movies (Expendables and Spy Kids). Rocky Balboa was his biggest solo star success since Cliffhanger, and Rambo performed relatively averagely for him (taking less than CopLand...).

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They're actually going to acknowledge that he has an Austrian accent? Surely this is the first time Arnie's character isn't called something like "Brett Whiteman" or "John Smith"

You can't be too certain - he had Austrian/German surnames in Predator (Schaeffer) and Junior (Hesse). He wasn't explicitly Austrian in either of them to my knowledge.

Although my memory of Junior isn't quite the same as that of Predator...

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