Sylvester Stallone is tackling his first television series as lead with Paramount+ drama Kansas City.
This is shaping up to be a big one, coming from major TV names Taylor Sheridan and Terence Winter, creators of Yellowstone and Boardwalk Empire respectively. A writers room is being formed for the series, with Sheridan and Winter serving as executive producers, along with Stallone and his Balboa Productions partner Braden Aftergood, and David C. Glasser, Ron Burkle and Bob Yari of 101 Studios. Winter is also on board as showrunner.
The plot, as per news-breaker Deadline, will be set in the present day and have Stallone playing a legendary New York City Italian mobster named Sal. After being forced to relocate to Kansas City, Missouri, Sal finds himself with the task of re-establishing his Italian family in this modernised, straight-shooting town. Sal’s unconventional path to power will involve various surprising and unsuspecting characters.
“Taylor is a prolific creator because of the multi-dimensional characters he creates and the complex worlds he builds,” 101 Studios CEO Glasser said in a statement. “To be able to have the legendary, transcendent Sylvester playing one of these characters is truly a privilege. And on top of that, we have Terence producing the project with us, who is responsible for some of the most captivating, deeply respected television shows in history. We are thrilled that ViacomCBS has partnered with us to help tell this story.”
Sheridan continues his dominating run in television. The Sicario and Hell or High Water writer is crafting himself a universe of sorts with upcoming Yellowstone prequel series 1883 and planned spinoff 6666. He also has gritty Jeremey Renner-starring series Mayor of Kingstown rolling out on Paramount+.
Also ahead for Stallone: superhero film Samaritan, from Aussie director Julius Avery (Overlord); Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, where he’ll reprise his role as Ravager Captain Stakar Ogord; and The Expendables 4, his final film in the action franchise.