Contender 2 drops host Sylvester Stallone and team challenges
Sylvester Stallone will not appear on-screen for The Contender 2, which debuts on ESPN in July. Stallone “was busy filming Rocky Balboa,” according to Entertainment Weekly. Thus, Sugar Ray Leonard is left to host awkwardly all by himself.
The magazine also reports that, for the second season, “producers have stripped away the silly truck-pulling and cinder-block-lifting challenges from the first season.” However, it will retain its “heart.” Executive producer Mark Burnett says, :Stallone advised me correctly that Adrian was the key element in Rocky.”
Burnett is content with the move to ESPN. “NBC is a very wide audience; ESPN is a sports audience. It’s probably the correct home for Contender,” he said.
Stallone will direct Edgar Allen Poe biopicBy Colin Mahan - TV.com
May 28, 2005 at 03:24:00 PM more stories by this authorSly is going to make a 'Poe- boy' sandwich out of writer's life. Rambo star will write the script as well.
Sly is going to murdalize Poe.Sylvester Stallone, recently seen on the reality television series The Contender, will write and direct a biopic about legendary horror writer Edgar Allen Poe, titled Poe.Poe, author of classic horror stories The Tell- Tale Heart and The Raven, had a tumultuous life marked with battles against addiction and depression. He died of mysterious causes in Baltimore in 1849.
Stallone says he is considering Robert Downey Jr. as Poe. He hopes to start filming in the fall, in Europe. Stallone has previously directed the films Rocky 2 thru through Rocky 4, and he has written many screenplays, including Driven and Cobra.
Stallone to direct Poe biopic -- Rambo is eyeing Robert Downey Jr. as leading man by Michael SlezakWith his NBC reality boxing series The Contender down for the count, Sylvester Stallone is hitting the books for his next project: The tough-guy actor will direct Poe, a self-penned biopic about the life of classic horror writer Edgar Allen Poe, according to Variety.
Stallone, whose directorial credits include Rocky II, III, and IV , is reportedly eyeing Robert Downey Jr. to tackle the titular role. Poe, author of The Tell Tale Heart and The Raven, battled addiction and psychological problems throughout his life, which ended mysteriously in Baltimore in 1849.
According to Variety, Stallone plans to begin shooting the film in Europe this fall. His last screenplay to hit the big screen was 2001's car-racing drama Driven.
Stallone Believes His Show Is Not Responsible for Suicide
Sylvester Stallone refuses to accept his upcoming reality TV show The Contender is to blame for the apparent suicide of promising boxer Najai Turpin. Turpin, a contestant on the Rocky star's boxing reality show, shot himself last week, to the astonishment of both producers and his fellow contenders
And while Stallone, who attended Turpin's funeral with Sugar Ray Leonard on Friday, is shocked by the incident, he doubts his show is linked to the tragedy. He says, "This unfortunate occurrence seems to have nothing to do with boxing but other personal issues that we really don't know much about." Stallone says Turpin's presence will remain throughout the series, which is set to premiere in America on March 7. The actor adds, "I loved this man.
I loved what he stood for. He was incredibly brave. When he was with his child, you saw the child in him come out."