Sylvester Stallone to Star in Sequel to 1993’s Cliffhanger

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Sylvester Stallone is set to reprise his role as Ranger Gabriel “Gabe” Walker in a sequel to Renny Harlin’s 1993 action thriller, Cliffhanger, Deadline and Variety have learned. Ric Roman Waugh (Angel Has Fallen) will direct the new “reboot” from a script by Mark Bianculli (Hunters), and while its story remains under wraps, casting for other roles—which presumably doesn’t include Sarah (Michelle Joyner) and Eric Qualen (John Lithgow)—is currently underway. The original Cliffhanger made $255 million worldwide and remains one of Stallone’s fan-favorite movies.

“Growing up with the biggest action films of the 80s and 90s, working on many of them myself, Cliffhanger was by far one of my favorite spectacles. To be at the helm of the next chapter, scaling the Italian Alps with the legend himself, Sylvester Stallone, is a dream come true,” said Waugh. “It’s going to be a great challenge and blast taking this franchise to new heights, a responsibility I don’t take lightly.”

“I’ll never forget the thrill I felt watching Sylvester Stallone in Cliffhanger,” added producer Neal H. Moritz. “I am incredibly excited to be working with him and Ric Waugh to continue the story of Gabe Walker and introduce this iconic story to a new generation of filmgoers around the world.”

From a Deadline report:

While no details as to the plot of the sequel have been divulged, Stallone will reprise his character of Ranger Gabriel “Gabe” Walker, from the original film directed by Renny Harlin. The TriStar Pictures title, which premiered in Cannes and grossed over $255M worldwide, watched as Walker looked to help rescue a band of stranded hikers, only to discover that they were in fact a gang of violent criminals looking to recover their missing $100M following a plane crash.

Producers on the reboot will include Moritz and Toby Jaffe for Original Film, Stallone under his Balboa Productions banner, and Thorsten Schumacher with partner Lars Sylvest for Rocket Science, which will also finance. Waugh, Ana Lily Amirpour, Chance Wright, Gianluca Chakra and Hisham Alghanim are on board as executive producers. Rocket Science will launch foreign sales this month in Cannes, with CAA Media Finance repping North American and Chinese rights.

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