Sylvester Stallone is set to reprise his role as structural security expert Ray Breslin in a sequel to the 2013 action-thriller Escape Plan.
Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films has given the go-ahead to a follow-up film, with Stallone this time taking on a supporting role. No further plot details have been revealed. It remains to be seen who will be taking top billing here.
Deadline broke the news, reporting that the sequel will be penned by Miles Chapman, who has a ‘story’ credit on the first film and co-wrote that movie’s screenplay alongside Jason Keller (Machine Gun Preacher). Producers Randall Emmett, George Furla, Mark Canton and Zack Schiller are all returning.
Escape Plan grossed $US137 million worldwide, $US40.9 million of which was raked in thanks to China. So, naturally, the sequel is said to contain “a major Chinese component” when it comes to financing.
The first film saw Stallone playing a structural-security authority who finds himself set up and incarcerated in the world’s most secret and secure prison, forcing him to use his skills to escape with help from the inside. Arnold Schwarzenegger co-starred.
The still-untitled Escape Plan sequel will be selling foreign release rights at AFM; Lionsgate Premiere will be release in the US. The film will enter pre-production on January 15 and will start shooting in Ohio and China from March 15.
Stallone’s next feature credit is in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, lined up for US release on May 5, 2017.