In this six-episode IFC mini-series, Gunter Vogler is a sadistic hitman who gets his face shot off by a mysterious gunman. However, the police bring him back and surgically attach the face of the last cop that Gunter killed before he was shot down. Now Gunter must find out who shot him, pretend to be a policeman, and deal with a war between the two major mob bosses in the city.
Runtime: 30 minutes
Bullet in the Face - Bullet to the Head - Netflix
Bullet to the Head is a 2012 American action thriller film directed by Walter Hill. The screenplay by Alessandro Camon was based on the French graphic novel Du Plomb Dans La Tête written by Matz and illustrated by Colin Wilson. The film stars Sylvester Stallone, Sung Kang, Sarah Shahi, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Christian Slater, and Jason Momoa. Alexandra Milchan, Alfred Gough, Miles Millar, and Kevin King-Templeton produced the film. The movie follows a hitman and a cop who are forced to work together to bring down a corrupt businessman and mafia boss after they are targeted by the latter's associates. The film premiered at the International Rome Film Festival on November 14, 2012. The film received a wide United States release on February 1, 2013.
Bullet in the Face - Development - Netflix
The real truth is these movies are all foreign driven. They need domestic releases. If the economics are right, people feel like they can be commercial in a reasonable way domestically. But they’re really foreign driven. This movie would not exist without expectation of the foreign audience being vastly greater than the domestic.
Thomas Jane was originally cast for the part that would eventually go to Sung Kang. The role was recast at the insistence of producer Joel Silver, stating a need for a “more 'ethnic' actor” to appeal to a wider audience. Hill stated:
The film is based on Alexis Nolent's French graphic novel Du Plomb Dans La Tête (“Lead in the Head”), with a screenplay by Alessandro Camon under the working title “Headshot”. The producing team previously produced the film I Am Number Four. An executive attached to the film has said, “[This movie] is exactly the type of fast-paced, universally themed project that suits our business model. Sylvester Stallone is an international icon and we're really excited to be in business with him.” Originally Wayne Kramer was attached to direct, but left the project when his vision of the film was darker than Stallone wanted. Sylvester Stallone then called Walter Hill who had just had a movie fall apart six weeks before that he had been trying to do for a year. Hill later recalled:
We’re not breaking new ground. We’re trying to be entertaining within a format that’s familiar. There’s a kind of ice skating that goes on where you must let the audience know that you’re not taking yourself too seriously. But at the same time, the jokes are funny but the bullets are real. The jeopardy has to be real. When it gets outlandish, there needs to be no drift into parody – self-parody, maybe inevitable for old directors.
Hill said the film would be called a “buddy movie” but that he made "anti-buddy movies: