Stallone may direct Armenian genocide film?
There's a story out today that Sylvester Stallone is considering directing a controversial story of genocide in an adaptation of the equally controversial book .
The book is a fictionalised story of the genocide of the Armenian community in Turkey in 1915. Although it's a novel, the historical background has been accepted as fact, but there are many who still dispute it actually happened. See the Wikipedia article on the book for more information.
That article also tells us that Stallone has actually wanted to make this film since last year. From the DenverPost.com:
French ships eventually rescued some Armenians, and Stallone has his favorite scene memorized: "The French ships come, and they've dropped the ladders and everybody has climbed up the side. The ships sail. The hero, the one who set up the rescue, has fallen asleep, exhausted, behind a rock on the slope above. The camera pulls back, and the ships and the sea are on one side, and there's one lonely figure at the top of the mountain, and the Turks are coming up the mountain by the thousands on the far side."
A pretty great shot.
The movie would be "an epic about the complete destruction of a civilization," Stallone said. Then he laughed at the ambition. "Talk about a political hot potato. The Turks have been killing that subject for 85 years."
Indeed, a political hot potato, but an old story resurrected or is Stallone really thinking of making this film? If he does it would be quite an epic film, but would also be addressing a really contentious subject in Turkish history.
I'd love to see him tackle it, but more than that I'd love to see him back in front of the camera giving his acting all in another Cop Land - if you haven't seen it, you must! Is this a project you would like to see him tackle?