Just so we’re all sure he’s not really dead, Sylvester Stallone has announced he’s branching away from his movie career to develop a TV comedy about a guy who runs a pizza shop in California. You might want to read that sentence one more time.
It’s actually not quite as bizarre as it first sounds. The action-movie legend wants to develop a show based on the “crazy” life of Richie Palmer who fled the Bronx twenty years ago to open Mulberry Street Pizzeria in Beverly Hills.
Palmer certainly offers plenty of material for a comedy series – he was once engaged to actress Cathy Moriarty (Raging Bull) and eventually married Fantastic Voyage star Raquel Welch.
According to the New York Post, former gossip columnist A.J. Benza, who also hosts Case Closed on Reelz, will pen the pilot for Stallone.
He told the tabloid: “Sly called me one day and said, ‘Richie’s life is insane. He’s sitting on a gold mine with all the stories and characters that place has.’
“We both [have known] Richie forever, so we put our heads together and banged it out.”
It’s not the only TV series Stallone has in development, of course.
The Rocky-star is developing a TV spin-off of his geriatric action franchise The Expendables and is also set to appear as mob boss Raymond Aprile in the Weinstein’s adaptation of Omertà, Mario Puzo’s (The Godfather) final novel in his mafia trilogy.
He’ll next appear on the big screen playing an as yet unknown role in Marvel sequel Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2, which arrives next summer.