From Heavyweight underdogs to dimwitted CGI sharks, you name a role, and Sylvester Stallone has definitely stepped into its shoes before. Now, the Italian Stallion is set to embrace the stardom of a whole new universe—Taylor Sheridan’s modern frontier.
According to a Deadline exclusive, Stallone is set to star in a Paramount+ original, titled Kansas City. The show will see the famed actor take on the crime-ridden burdens of Sal, an Italian gangster who’s forced to head south to Kansas City, Missouri, to keep his family safe. While acting as a leading face is nothing new to Stallone, holding his own as, potentially, an unsympathetic anti-hero has yet to be seen.
Kansas City will be produced by Sheridan and 101 Studios, making it the fourth collaboration between the duo and Paramount. The network’s streaming service had previously released Sheridan’s crime drama, Mayor of Kingstown, and is set to air his prequel to Yellowstone—which is currently in its fourth season at the network—1883, later this month. Suffice to say, Sheridan and Paramount know a thing or two about the television business.
However, while Sheridan and 101 Studios are producing, Stallone’s narrative arc in Kansas City will be handled by another creator who’s no stranger to uncharitable yet beloved TV characters. Terrence Winter, of Boardwalk Empire and The Sopranos success, will helm the showrunner duties for the series. This marks a significant return for the Oscar-nominated writer following the cancellation of his star-studded yet ill-fated HBO rock drama, Vinyl, nearly six years prior.
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