Sylvester Stallone in American Nightmare 5 ? This is the rumor that circulated in 2019 after Jason Blum, big boss of Blumhouse (producer of Get Out, Halloween, Insidious, but also American Nightmare) and James DeMonaco (creator and writer of American Nightmare) met the star. by Rocky and Rambo.
Filmsactu was able to discuss with Jason Blum and James DeMonaco who explained to us the why and how.
Is it true that you brought up American Nightmare with Sylvester Stallone?
Jason blum : Yes, it’s true. I met Sylvester Stallone… not for American Nightmare actually. But the confusion is that James DeMonaco wrote and directed This Is The Night that we produced with Blumhouse. James and I and our collaborator Sebastien ( K.Lermercier, producer) all went to Sly’s to show him the movie and talk to him about it. It has been awesome. His house is amazing.
How does This Is The Night relate to Sylvester Stallone?
Jason blum : This film deals with the experience of James DeMonaco as a young teenager in Staten Island (a suburb of New York) who discovers Rocky 3 in the cinema upon its release.
This Is The Night, scheduled for the end of 2021, was originally titled Once Upon a Time in Staten Island. Casting Naomi Watts, Frank Grillo and Bobby Cannavale.
James DeMonaco : This Is The Night is a film about the release of Rocky 3 in 1982 in Staten Island where I grew up. I wanted to talk about the impact of this film on the Italian-American community that so idolizes Sylvester Stallone and the character of Rocky. Rocky and Stallone have inspired a lot of Italian-Americans like me. Thanks to Rocky, I dared to do things I would never have done otherwise. This Is The Night is truly my homage to cinema and the cinema experience. We went to present the film to Sly. His home. We went to his house. It was the happiest day of my life. I was once again that little nerd schoolboy and a complete fan. I saw Rocky 3 twice in the same day. I saw him dozens of times afterwards. All the Rockys but also the Rambos have been a major influence on me. To this day, I remain a fan. And a fan of Stallone’s directorial talent. This guy is a legend. We were able to spend time at his place, he saw the film and loved it. We’ve been in contact ever since. I hope This Is The Night will be released by the end of the year. It’s a film about the cinema experience. It must be released in theaters even if it is a small film. It’s a love letter to Rocky.
(Jason Blum, Sly, Sebastien K. Lemercier and James DeMonaco)
Until then American Nightmare 5 is scheduled for August 4, 2021.