It seems that when Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger team up this fall for a prison break drama that was called The Tomb, the film will be graced with a new title: Escape Plan. Additionally, its release date has been bumped-up from September 27 to the new date of September 13.
While no reason has been given, one must assume that a film featuring an on-screen duo of two of the biggest action stars in history might want to stick to titles that are not quite so grim and depressing. The new title does seem to be more straightforward and plot-descriptive with a helpful verb conveying action. While it may not be the most creative brainchild, "Escape Plan" does seem to be an improvement.
The film depicts Stallone as Ray Breslin, an architectural expert in the design of prisons who is framed for a serious crime and thrust into a hidden lock-up of his own design that's considered his Mona Lisa. There, he strikes up an unlikely alliance with a notorious cybercriminal (or, as he will pronounce it, "cybahcreemeenul") named Emil Rottmayer played by Schwarzenegger, who, say what you will, is at least TRYING to expand his acting repertoire. Together, with the help of another incarcerated computer wiz, Hush played by Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, they will attempt an epic prison break while fighting off a twisted warden played by Jim Caviezel and his corrections officer henchman played by Vinnie Jones.
The film was certainly greenlit during more auspicious times for the "80's action stars making a comeback" era after The Expendables films made a significant box-office impact. However, after early 2013 solo experiments in Schwarzenegger's The Last Stand and Stallone's Bullet to the Head embarrassingly underperformed, the film title "Escape Plan" might actually be a nod to something the studio wish it had. -- With that being said, it's tough to predict how the film will fare. This will actually be the first proper on-screen team-up between Stallone and Schwarzenegger, minus the large cast of Expendables alpha males. It could still have potential to work if it contains some accessible chemistry. It will need it since its revised release date puts it against genre peers in Machete Kills and Insidious Part 2.
Escape Plan tries to break the aging action hero genre out of solitary when it hits theaters on September 13.