Still of Sylvester Stallone and Michelle Joyner in Cliffhanger

Sylvester Stallone Returns in Cliffhanger 2: Filming Summer 2024

Production Details

Director: Jean-François Richet

Initially set to be directed by Ric Roman Waugh, Jean-François Richet has now taken the helm.

Producers: Neal H. Moritz, Toby Jaffe, Philipp Kreuzer, Joe Neurauter, Lars Sylvest, Thorsten Schumacher
Location: Bavaria & Munich, Germany

Filming locations include the breathtaking Italian Alps.

Plot Synopsis:

The sequel sees Stallone reprising his role as the ranger Gabriel “Gabe” Walker, now living in the Dolomites where he runs an exclusive mountain lodge. When Gabe and a high-profile client are taken hostage during an adventurous weekend trip, his daughter must use all her climbing skills to outwit the kidnappers, triggering a battle of life and death.

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Sylvester Stallone Returns as Gabe Walker

Sylvester Stallone reprises his role as mountain climber Gabe Walker in “Cliffhanger 2.” The sequel, set 30 years after the original, will explore the relationship between Gabe and his daughter against the backdrop of the Italian Alps. Stallone’s return marks another venture into his classic roles, following his reappearances in the “Rocky” and “Rambo” series.

In the original “Cliffhanger,” Stallone’s portrayal of Gabe Walker was met with mixed reactions. Renowned film critic Roger Ebert described the film as a high-altitude avalanche of action, highlighting the non-stop adventure and suspense. He noted that while the plot was unbelievable, it did not detract from the entertainment value, especially during moments of intense action involving Stallone’s character ([Roger Ebert Review](

Metacritic user reviews reflect a universal acclaim for the film, with Stallone’s performance as Gabe Walker being a significant draw. The character’s expertise as a professional mountain climber and rescue expert was central to the film’s appeal. His portrayal was seen as fitting for the action-packed and suspenseful nature of the movie, with some reviews specifically praising the action sequences and Stallone’s physicality in the role ([Metacritic User Reviews](

Director Ric Roman Waugh’s Vision for the Sequel

Ric Roman Waugh, Barry Pepper - Snitch
Ric Roman Waugh, Barry Pepper | © 2012 Summit Entertainment, LLC. All rights reserved.

Director Ric Roman Waugh, acclaimed for his expertise in crafting high-octane action thrillers, is poised to infuse “Cliffhanger 2” with a fresh and dynamic perspective. Drawing inspiration from the resurgence of legacy sequels like “Creed” and “Top Gun: Maverick,” Waugh’s vision is to breathe new life into the “Cliffhanger” saga. He aims to create a seamless blend of nostalgia and contemporary storytelling, ensuring that the sequel resonates with both long-time fans and a new generation of viewers.

In “Cliffhanger 2,” Sylvester Stallone’s iconic character, Gabe Walker, is reimagined for a modern audience. No longer just the fearless mountain ranger, Gabe is now portrayed as a seasoned character facing the challenges of age and responsibility. Crucially, the narrative introduces Gabe’s daughter, a character who inherits her father’s mountaineering prowess and spirit of adventure. This addition not only adds depth to Gabe’s character but also opens up new avenues for storytelling and action sequences.

Set against the stunning backdrop of the Italian Alps, the sequel promises to deliver breathtaking visuals and heart-pounding action. Waugh’s commitment to authenticity in action sequences, combined with the scenic beauty of the Alps, is expected to result in a cinematic experience that is both visually spectacular and emotionally engaging. The director’s vision is to create a film that is not just an action-packed adventure but also a compelling story about family, legacy, and the unyielding human spirit.

Uncertainty Surrounding the Female-Led Reboot

Previously, a female-led reboot of “Cliffhanger” was in discussion, directed by Ana Lily Amirpour. In 2019, Amirpour expressed her vision for the reboot, inspired by the success of films like “Top Gun: Maverick.” She emphasized the potential for a fresh take on the original, akin to a reinvention rather than a mere remake. Amirpour’s approach was to create something that stands apart while remaining connected to the essence of the original “Cliffhanger.”

However, with the development of “Cliffhanger 2,” led by Ric Roman Waugh and featuring Sylvester Stallone, the future of Amirpour’s reboot remains uncertain. The industry is closely watching to see if both projects will proceed concurrently or if the Stallone-led sequel will take precedence. As of now, there is no clear indication of the status of the female-led reboot, leaving fans and industry insiders alike in anticipation of further updates.

Production Studios and Casting Opportunities

The production of “Cliffhanger 2” is a collaborative effort, bringing together a diverse array of talents from across the globe. Spearheaded by Original Film and Black Magic Films, the project is supported by a consortium of studios, including Penzing Studios, Supernix – Maze Pictures, Occupant Entertainment, Balboa Productions, and Rocket Science. Each studio brings its unique expertise and vision, promising a sequel that not only matches but surpasses the original in terms of action, suspense, and cinematic quality.

For those looking to be a part of this exciting project, the production is currently open to casting inquiries and submissions. Whether you’re an aspiring actor, a seasoned professional, or someone with a unique skill set that fits the high-octane world of “Cliffhanger 2,” this is your chance to be involved in a blockbuster production. Below are the contact details and addresses for each studio involved, where resumes and inquiries can be submitted.

Production Studio Email Phone Address
Original Film / Black Magic Films 310-575-6950 11466 San Vicente Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90049
Penzing Studios +49 171 4122820 Kauferinger Str. 32-34, 86929 Penzing, Germany
Supernix – Maze Pictures +49 89 121939 –34 Haeberlstrasse 5, München 80337 Germany
Occupant Entertainment +43-699-1132-4559 Knoebelstrasse 6a, Munich 80538 Germany
Balboa Productions 424-278-1310 21731 Ventura Boulevard, #300, Woodland Hills, CA, 91364
Rocket Science +44 207 434 0032 77 Dean Street, London W1F 8ZT

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