Production is underway on Summit Entertainment's The Tomb. Directed by Mikael Håfström, the action-thriller is an Emmett-Furla Films/Mark Canton production. The producers are Atmosphere Entertainment's chairman Mark Canton, Randall Emmett, George Furla, Robbie Brenner and Kevin King Templeton.
Co-financed by Emmett-Furla Films and Summit Entertainment, The Tomb is being filmed on location in the New Orleans area. Summit Entertainment, a Lionsgate company, holds worldwide distribution rights and will release the motion picture in North America.
Written by Miles Chapman for the screen, with a rewrite by Jason Keller, The Tomb follows Ray Breslin (Sylvester Stallone), the world's foremost authority on structural security. He's analyzed nearly every high security prison. After being framed by persons unknown, all of Breslin's ingenuity and expertise are about to be put to work in the most challenging test he's ever faced: escaping from a high-tech prison facility that's design is based on his own protocols.
Arnold Schwarzenegger plays Emil Rottmayer, a complex inmate with multiple shades of gray. He's the guy who fights to keep the prisoners from losing their humanity in their darkest hour as they struggle together to stay alive.
James Caviezel plays Hobbes, the warden of the Tomb. This is the type of prison facility that deals with inmates that no government wants on its books. The lead guard of the maximum-security facility, Drake, is played by English actor and retired footballer Vinnie Jones.
Curtis " 50 Cent " Jackson plays Hush, Ray Breslin's right-hand man and high-technology expert. Buttoned-down with street lurking just below the surface, Hush is aptly named because when he speaks, it is just above a whisper...but it's a whisper with attitude and edge that can turn from soft to drop dead serious in the blink of an eye. Vincent D'Onofrio plays Lester Clark, Breslin's business partner and CEO of B&C Security, their independent security company hired by the Federal Bureau of Prisons to test the integrity of their maximum-security facilities nationwide. Amy Ryan plays Abigail Ross, jack-of-all trades and one of Beslin's closest confidants at B&C Security. Sam Neil is cast as Dr. Emil Kaikev, the prison doctor embedded within the Tomb, who is sympathetic to Breslin's plight.
Mikael Håfström's previous writing/directing credits in his native Sweden include: the gripping coming of age drama Evil, which was nominated for an Academy Award in 2004 for Best Foreign Language film. His films have been invited to festivals around the world and, at home, Mikael Håfström has received multiple Guldbagge nominations, with Evil winning the Award for Best Direction and Best Screenplay.
The executive producers of The Tomb are Nicolas Stern, Bill Chase, and Stefan Partirosyan.
Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone will next be seen on screen together in The Expendables 2, which is currently in post-production and will be released this summer by Lionsgate. Arnold Schwarzenegger recently wrapped filming The Last Stand, also for Lionsgate, produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura and directed by Jee-woon Kim.