Sylvester Stallone will return to the Rambo franchise, which along with the Rocky films turned him into a household name and a bonafide action star. Last summer, it was reported that Avi Lerner, Nu Image and Entertainment One were developing a new “Rambo” television series without Stallone. Now, word has made it around the Internet that Splendid Film has purchased the rights to the next movie.
Here is the official release. (Yes, it’s in German!)
Mit Rambo 5 kehrt Sylvester Stallone in seine Paraderolle zurück. Dieses Mal legt er sich mit dem mexikanischen Kartell an. Sylvester Stallone, der auch für das Drehbuch verantwortlich ist, beschreibt den neuen Rambo als seine Version von No Country for Old Men. Produzent ist, wie schon beim letzten ‘John Rambo,’ Avi Lerner (‘The Expendables 1-3’).
Pretty amazing, huh? I couldn’t believe it either, because I couldn’t understand it. So, here is the English translation.
“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 last time Stallone portrayed the ex-Vietnam vet was in 2008’s “Rambo.” The film had a $50 million budget and went on to earn $113.2 million worldwide. Stallone also tackled the writing and directing chores on the feature. In 2009, a synopsis made the rounds that Stallone wanted to adapt the James Byron Huggins’ novel “Hunter” as the plot for the follow up Rambo film.
John Rambo could track anyone – or anything – on earth. Now the military desperately needs him for a mission that his ultrasensitive instincts tell him he should refuse. A beast is loose somewhere north of the Artic Circle. It has already decimated a secret research facility and annihilated a squad of elite military guards. And the raging creature is headed south toward civilization, ready to wreak bloody devastation.
It’s a job that Rambo and his 22-year-old hunting partner, Beau Brady, can’t turn down, but they and a team of highly-skilled special forces kill team discover that the prey is a terror beyond their wildest imagination – a half-human abomination created by a renegade agency through a series of outlawed genetic experiments. It has man’s cunning, a predator’s savageness, and a prehistoric power that has transcended the ages. And even if Rambo and Beau survive its unrelenting hunger for human blood, they’ll still have to confront the grim reality that it may have grown immortal.
Has the “First Blood” lead character, based on the splendidly written book by author David Morrell, become a watered down madcap fighting a genetic monster in the same vein as “Predator” or “The Thing?”