John Rambo, Rocky Balboa, Lt. Raymond Tango — Sylvester Stallone has been an icon of cinema for almost 40 years, keeping his ’80s troupe current with the kids through The Expendables franchise. Yet behind all his bravado, through the smoke of the explosions and amongst his gargantuan muscles, there lies a darker dramatic side.
Since 2005, Stallone has wished to direct a biographical picture on the late horror writer Edgar Allan Poe. Although comparisons between “The Pit and the Pendulum” and Rambo are not forthcoming, Stallone has always wanted to bring Poe’s life to the big screen. He admits himself that producers are a tad skeptical of the change of pace.
“I keep telling my producer Avi Lerner, ‘Make Edgar Allan Poe!’ He says, ‘Does he have a gun?’ ‘No, he doesn’t have a gun.’ ‘Can he throw a knife?’ I say, ‘No, he writes poetry!'”