Thomas Jane Joins Sylvester Stallone’s Headshot

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The Punisher is about to take on the Expendable! Or, er, Rocky. Or Rambo, I guess, would be the better movie reference to use. Anyhoo.

Thomas Jane has officially confirmed that he’s signed on to co-star with Stallone in the latter’s “Headshot”, set to be directed by Walter Hill of “48 Hours” fame.

In the movie, Jane will play an NYPD cop who teams up with Stallone’s New Orleans-based hitman when a common enemy takes out their respective partners. No doubt this will mean they go around town killing pretty much everyone with powerful weapons.

I like Jane. I always thought he was pretty good as the Punisher in the 2004 movie. The problem with the film was never Jane, it was always writer/director Jonathan Hensleigh’s inability to “get” the character, and for some reason insisted on setting the whole thing in sunny Florida. That made absolutely no sense whatsoever. It’s too bad Jane never got a second chance at the role.

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  • Vooo

    Punisher was set in the crime capital of the world – tampa

    • Juggernaut

      It may have been the crime capital of the world but that’s not where The Punisher is from. There was no need to uproot the character from where he originated. In essence, the 2004 Punisher film was an origin story. Tell the origin story. They could have had him travel to Tampa in the second film. Punisher is New York. The whole story was so misconstrued that it was nearly un-watchable. The family reunion in Puerto Rico??? Why did his entire extended family need to be incorporated? Why were they in Puerto Rico?! It was ridiculous. Even the things that they did right were still half asssed. The Russian was a cool addition from the comics but his scene was awful and out of place. The bottom line is, with a better script and director that movie could have been awsome! Jane was perfectly cast.
      Hopefully with Headshot we get the Frank Castle that we wanted to see but never got a chance to.

      • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

        Um Iron Man? Hello Juggy, there’s a perfect reason to uproot them. No one wants to see the same cities, same backgroudns, same locations. I actually liked the Thomas Jane Punisher. It stuck to the material but added a little to it. Taking out his whole family at a reunion was genius, it makes him UTTERLY alone, he has NO ONE left, and he watched them ALL die. I agree it could’ve been better, but it was a decent set up. Had they just said he went from Tampa to NYC that coulda worked. Jane was perfect and the story worked for the most part, but the execution was lacking. War Zone was just over the top. Take that bodycount and the seriousness of the other film and you’ve got a great Punisher flick.

        Now about this flick…HELL YES!!!

        • Juggernaut

          Agreed! Take the two and mix em’ together and you have a good Punisher flick. It’s a shame because Punisher is a great character and one that you could really do a lot with. Sadly I don’t see another one coming around any time soon. I definately liked Jane’s Castle better than Stevenson’s. Hell, he even looked like the Tim Bradstreet renditions in all of the promotional material leading up to the film! While they bothe looked the part Jane seemed to evoke more emotion. He also had more dialogue which I suppose did help. Lol. Yes, War Zone was over the top but in my opinion it was still much a better movie and much truer to the material. Like you said, the 2004 version may have worked for me if they would have done a better set up. Have him being an undercover cop in NY. His last job leaves the son of a mafia boss dead. The mafia boss could be someone from the comics. Not a made up cartoon character like Howard Saint. That was awful!!! For the film they should have used the Gnucci family. He decides to retire and move to Miami. There he has a retirement party (family reunion if really necissary). The mob boss tracks him downa and kills them all. Frank survives and is forced to adopt the mantle of The Punisher. He goes back to NY to exact revenge for the deaths of his family. He enlists the help of his retired weapons provider from his years on the force, Microchip and from there is on his way to get to the head of the Gnucci family. He faces a stable of enemies, each harder to defeat than the one before. Finn Cooley, Nicky Cavella and finally The Russian, a cameo by Dolph Lundgren (The first Punisher!) He makes his way to the head of the family.Aftyer killing all of the other members of the mafia family he lets Det. Martin Soap apprehend Ma Gnucci. Martin Soap is designated leader of the Punisher Task Force while secretly working with the vigilante. Ma Gnucci makes a call from prison to her associate, Maginty! Punisher goes into hiding at the end of the film and takes an alias. He rents an apartment in Hell’s Kitchen setting up the next film. Then they coulld introduce the apartment tennants Mr. Bumpo, Spacker Dave and Joan. The new additions to the PTF, Bud Plugg and Lt. Von Richtofen. As well as bring in his old military platoon like Col. George Howe, Steve Goodwin, Kathrine O’Brian, and Yorkie Mitchell even throw in a revamped William Rawlins to take on Maginty and Barracuda! You could have Rawlins turn on the team and kill off a few of them. With Frank finally killing him. The third fil could be centered on The Kingpin and his puppet mastering of the entire mafia. Then they could toss in Jigsaw as Kingpin’s right hand man and his followers Looney Bin Jim, The Holy and the Bulatts. He could save Jen cooke from the Bulatts during the movie and there ya’ go! A cohesive trilogy that would incorporate almost the entire cast of Punisher characters that makes sense!

          • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

            Well here’s hoping. i still say a gritty, Shield/WIRE like show would work for the character.

          • Juggernaut

            That would actually be cool. Having a series would allow for flashbacks also. That would be awsome on like HBO or Showtime.

          • Juggernaut

            That would actually be cool. Having a series would allow for flashbacks also. That would be awsome on like HBO or Showtime.

  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

    @Juggernaut- Not just flashbacks (I’d start with him already established like in “War Zone” and do a flash back or two to his origin a few episodes in, while connecting it to the current story) but the opportunity for character development, and a slow build to bg confrontations. Instead of everything happening in a 2hr time frame you could easily drag it out.

  • http://twitter.com/Terminator2366 Bad Zack

    the 2004 punnisher is actually decent to me —