He is a well-read man who loves the classics. He hangs out with guys who run a weed shop. In other words, Sylvester Stallone’s Dwight “The General” Manfredi of Paramount+’s upcoming Tulsa King is a “different animal than what you would normally see in a gangster movie.”
“I play a completely different interpretation [of a mobster]Stallone told reporters on Wednesday during Tulsa Kingthe TCA panel. “I grew up with these mugs in Philadelphia. I always clashed with them in South Philly so I understand the street life well. But this is not a stereotypical gangster show. My gang is made up of cowboys, Indians…in a way, a bunch of complete misfits.”
Tulsa King follows New York mob capo Dwight “The General” Manfredi (Stallone) after he is released from prison and banned by his boss from setting up shop in Tulsa, Oklahoma. slowly builds a crew from a group of unlikely characters to help him establish a new criminal empire in a place that might as well be another planet for him.
“The goal was to take Dwight as far away from the New York experience as possible,” explains executive producer Terence Winter. “It’s not so much about a mob family, but about a certain mobster, Dwight. The conflicts he faces are very different. In a typical mafia show, they might fight against other mafia families. In Tulsa, he is on his own and expects to earn money that he sends back to NYC.”
Tulsa felt perfect for me,” Winter added of the setting. “It really is Central America, as different from NYC as you can get. You won’t confuse it with anything other than what it is with its wide open skies… … it’s like an alien landscape to put it in.”
Stallone said the project came about after he met executive producer Taylor Sheridan while riding a horse in California years ago. “He was working on Sicario at the time. I wanted him to write the screenplay for Rambo. He became very successful with Yellowstone. One day he called me and shared three sections [of the story]. I said yes. It went very quickly.”
Filming his first TV series regular role was a bit of an adaptation. “It’s harder, faster and longer [than doing films],” he said. “They don’t follow the natural order of things. You have to keep your energy up. In the time we’ve done 10 episodes, it’s equivalent to 5 Rocky’s in a row with no pause in time.”
Debuts on November 13 after a new episode of Yellowstone, Tulsa King also stars Annabella Sciorra, Andrea Savage, Martin Starr, Max Casella, Domenick Lombardozzi, Vincent Piazza, Jay Will, AC Peterson, Garrett Hedlund and Dana Delany. It is produced by MTV Entertainment Studios and 101 Studios. The series is executive produced by Sheridan, Winter, Stallone, David C. Glasser, Ron Burkle, Bob Yari, David Hutkin, Allen Coulter and Braden Aftergood.