Action star Sylvester Stallone is picking up the director mantle once more for TOUGH AS THEY COME, based on the Travis Mills memoir of the same name. Stallone will also co-star in the film alongside Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Adam Driver. The project is being packaged by WME and currently looking for a studio to call home.
The true story focuses on United States Army Staff Sergeant Mills, one of only five soldiers to survive a quadruple amputation from a battlefield injury. Throughout his journey from hospital to recovery, Mills had an immense amount of support from his father-in-law, Craig Buck. Driver will play Mills, with Stallone taking on the role of Buck.
Susan Carlson, Eric Carlson, and James Keach will produce.
This project announcement comes not longer after Stallone turned down a top position in the NEA to instead focus on bringing attention to veterans, which this movie certainly will. Driver himself is a veteran, serving in the United States Marine Corps for a little over two years.
Previously, Stallone has directed numerous action-oriented films, including several Rocky installments and The Expendables. He is also set to direct the upcoming Rambo film, Rambo: Last Blood.
Driver has been receiving acclaim for his role in the drama Paterson and can be seen in Martin Scorsese’s latest film Silence. Coming up, he’ll appear in Logan Lucky and the next Star Wars film, Episode VIII, reprising his role as antagonist Kylo Ren.
Stallone is repped by WME.
Driver is repped by Gersh.
Anya Crittenton | Associate Editor
This news was first reported by Deadline.