Is 'Rambo V' Actually Happening?

– by LRM
Transient

Remember Sylvester Stallone's little comeback renaissance that began with Rocky Balboa, which then brought us Rambo, and then the Expendables trilogy? Well, it continues. While Balboa was considered a fitting finale to retire his Rocky character (though recent rumors have persisted that he'll reprise the role for spinoff film Creed), Rambo seemed to somewhat reignite Hollywood's appetite for the character. First there was talk of another direct sequel. Then that fizzled. Then last year we heard there would be a TV series based on the character. But now Coming Soon is reporting that fifth film is back in the pipeline.

Spendid Film, a German company, has purchased the rights to a fifth film and they've released a press release about Rambo V. It's been translated, for your reading pleasure:

With 'Rambo V' Sylvester Stallone returns in his iconic role. This time he goes up against a Mexican cartel. Stallone, who has also written the screenplay, describes the new Rambo as his version of 'No Country for Old Men.' Like the last film, 'Rambo V' is produced by Avi Lerner ("The Expendables 1-3")

The No Country For Old Men comparison intrigues me. I like it much better than the original idea for the film, which was going to see Rambo hunting some sort of monstrous animal. That one sounded like a misguided attempt to turn Rambo into a horror movie. But if this new comparison is true, and Stallone is writing a script that's quieter, more character-driven, and weaves Rambo into a larger, more complex landscape- and isn't just 90 minutes of Rambo shooting people- then this might get my money.

Incidentally, the last flick got my money. By accident. I rented it from Blockbuster, then forgot to return it- to the point where the store basically told me to keep it when I came to pay the fees. So I guess I'm partially responsible for this sequel. I'm sorry, guys. I hope it's good!

SOURCE: Coming Soon


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