Sylvester Stallone is set to star in Little America, an action thriller set in a dystopian future.
Described as being in the vein of John Carpenter’s Escape from New York, the film will be set in a future where America has become a bankrupt war zone. A former Army Ranger (Stallone) is hired by an Asian billionaire to find his daughter. Accompanied by the skilled sister of the missing woman, he explores the underbelly of a walled-off ghetto in Hong Kong called Little America, which houses many Americans that have fled.
Universal was attached to the project when they acquired a spec script written by Rowan Athale, who will be directing. Athale’s previous directing credits include kitchen-sink caper Wasteland and family drama-thriller Strange But True. Universal’s no longer behind the film, although a big studio is believed to jump on board soon as it’s likely to be a sought-after project when it goes up for bidding at the European Film Market.
The project has added value with Michael Bay on board as executive producer. He’ll be under his Platinum Dunes banner.
Little America will begin production later this year. Before that one, though, Stallone will be starring in a superhero filmed titled Samaritan, from Aussie director Julius Avery (Overlord, Son of a Gun).