Sylvester Stallone Documentary Series Heading To Netflix

Sylvester Stallone's upcoming Netflix series will be exactly like Arnold Schwarzenegger's Arnold.

By Sean Thiessen | Published

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Many action stars have come and gone over the decades, but Sylvester Stallone has crafted an enduring career that began in the 1970s and goes on to this day. Per The Hollywood Reporter, Stallone’s story will be recapped this November with the release of the Netflix documentary Sly. The retrospective looks to explore the actor’s iconic roles and the personal cost of a lifetime of filmmaking.

Sly comes from Springsteen on Broadway director Thom Zimny. The Sylvester Stallone documentary comes on the heels of The Family Stallone, a reality series following the actor, his wife, and his three daughters. The Paramount+ show has already been picked up for a second season.

While The Family Stallone follows Sylvester Stallone in the present, Sly will examine the past under a microscope. The film’s teaser trailer promises to unearth the good, the bad, and the ugly.

“Do I have regrets?” Stallone asks in the trailer. “Hell yeah, I have regrets!” He follows that comment with a haunting question: “What is healthier — to live under the illusion that you could have been great? Or actually have an opportunity to be great, and then you blow it, and you realize you’re a failure?”

For Sylvester Stallone, it seems living with the illusion was not an option. He wrote and starred in Rocky in 1976, sparking one of the most iconic film franchises in history and launching him into the spotlight for good.

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From there, Stallone starred in another action franchise as Rambo. He has also made several one-off action flicks, such as classics like Over the Top, Demolition Man, and Cliffhanger. His action career culminated with The Expendables films, the fourth of which is scheduled to hit theaters this September.

Those films have united Stallone with a dizzying array of action superstars, both past and current. On that star-studded list is Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger have been friends and career competitors for decades. Their box office rivalry has gone so far as to make jabs at each other on screen.

Sly comes mere months after the release of Arnold, a Netflix documentary series detailing Schwarzenegger’s life. From the trailer, it looks as though Sly will bear a remarkable resemblance to Arnold, with both focused on interviews with the subjects of the films that leave no stone unturned.

Arnold Schwarzenegger in Arnold

These detailed looks back at action movie history through the lives of two of the genre’s greatest stars are fascinating in their timeliness. Arnold Schwarzenegger stars in the recently released Fubar, an action/comedy spy series on Netflix.

Meanwhile, Sylvester Stallone has spent the past few years making the hit series Tulsa King, joining the fun in the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise, voicing King Shark in The Suicide Squad, and making the next installment of The Expendables.

Arnold Schwarzenegger is 75, and Sylvester Stallone is 76, but these action icons are still kicking and do not seem to be slowing down. Stallone’s slate is full, with a Cliffhanger reboot, an action/comedy titled Never Too Old to Die, and the dystopian sci-fi project Little America.

Creating such a powerful legacy has not been easy. In Stallone’s words: “Filmmaking, it comes at a great price. There’s no time for anything else.”

The resurgences of Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger are proof that legends never die. In this case, it seems they barely get old.

Sly will hit Netflix in November for a detailed stroll down memory lane.