Sylvester Stallone to play mafia boss in new TV show

The ‘Rocky’ star is headed to the small screen

Sylvester Stallone will take on the role of a mafia boss in a new television series.

The Rocky actor is finalising a deal to play the lead in an adaption of Mario Puzo’s Omerta, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The novel is the final book of a crime trilogy that started with The Godfather, the inspiration for the 1972 film of the same name. Omerta was published posthumously in 2000, a year after Puzo death.

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Antoine Fuqua, the director best known for the Academy Award winning Training Day and 2015’s Southpaw, is attached to the project.

The show hasn’t been picked up by a television network as of yet, but Hollywood Reporter’s sources say the pilot could film as early as this summer.

Omerta will be Stallone’s first television drama. He’s currently an executive producer of NBC’s unscripted fitness competition Strong, which had a poor reception following its premiere earlier this month. The actor also co-hosted a boxing reality show, titled The Contender, years previously.

Stallone’s career has been thrust back into the spotlight following his Oscar nomination for Rocky spinoff, Creed, despite missing him out on the award.