Following the recent news that Walter Hill will be remaking Robert Aldrich's classic camp, Crawford vs. Davis faceoff "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?," the Rome Film Festival (November 9-17) will honor the director with the new Maverick Director Award. The award is given to master filmmakers who have "consistently stood out from the crowd."
Hill is best known for directing cult films such as "The Warriors," "48 Hrs." and "Streets of Fire," producing the first three "Alien" films, and helming scripts for brilliant genre directors John Huston ("The Mackintosh Man") and Sam Peckinpah (Steve McQueen's "The Getaway").
Hill's latest film, "Bullet to the Head," which admittedly looks to be a, er, lesser installment in both his and star Sylvester Stallone's bodies of work, will have its international premiere at the Rome fest following Hill's award ceremony. Trailer below.