Sylvester Stallone’s Cliffhanger May Get A Long-Awaited Sequel


Sylvester Stallone’s 1993 action thriller mountaineer movie Cliffhanger may finally get another chance at becoming a franchise. It only took thirty years and multiple scrapped sequels!

Thanks to an article in Empire, we learned that the Renny Harlin-directed action thriller might be getting rebooted. Or is it a sequel? Or is it a soft reboot? No one is entirely sure.

The one thing we do know is that the scribe behind Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector, Mark Bianculli, has penned the latest script. Latest? Yup. Cliffhanger was popular when it hit theatres in 1993, and like other films starring the era’s biggest action heroes, the film was eyed for multiple sequels.

However, the follow-up movies never happened. And it was not due to Cliffhanger‘s production being troublesome or shooting on-location (at Sentiero Ferrato Ivano Dibona) being an unenjoyable experience. Instead, like a lot of memorable action films from the 1990s, sequels got stuck in production, or more accurately, pre-production Hell.

One sequel scrapped during the early stages of development would have featured Sylvester Stallone’s character, Gabe Walker, taking on terrorists at a dam. Not exactly as thrilling as mountains, but it would have provided at least some of the same death-defying high-altitude action.

I immensely enjoyed Cliffhanger. John Lithgow always makes for a great villain, regardless if he’s playing it straight or for laughs. Also, Renny Harlin delivered when it came to directing action set in a hazardous environment.

The video game tie-in accompanying the movie’s release was also fun, especially if you got the SEGA CD version. Yes, it had grainy FMV cutscenes from the film and added snowboarding levels!

Cliffhanger was more or less Die Hard on a mountain. So many unforgettable stunts, and actors were getting to ham it up with bad accents. A second film would be great, but the possibility that the production would over-rely on CGI could ruin that.

[Source: Empire]


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Mike Phalin
Mike Phalinhttp://syxxsense.com
Longtime problematic entertainment journalist. The former workhorse for Dread Central, ScienceFiction.com, and Fanbolt.

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