The film released by Paramount Pictures. Based on the novel Mandingo by Kyle Onstott , and on the play Mandingo by Jack Kirkland which is derived from the novel. It received mixed reviews upon release, but was a box office hit. It was followed by a sequel in , titled Drum , which also starred Norton. Sylvester Stallone was an uncredited extra. Falconhurst is a run-down plantation owned by widower Warren Maxwell and largely run by his son, Hammond.