Splendid Film have proudly announced that they now own the rights to make a Rambo sequel and will do just that, engaging Sylvester Stallone to once more return in the title role.
With Rambo V, Sylvester Stallone returns to his signature role. This time he messes with the Mexican cartel. Stallone, who is also responsible for the screenplay, describes the new Rambo as his version of No Country for Old Men. Producer is like the last Rambo, Avi Lerner (The Expendables 1-3).
Stallone has been batting about a similar premise for years now, sometimes including the kidnapping of young Texan girls by Mexican gangs.
But there have been many other proposed Rambo sequels and spin-offs, from a re-cast prequel to a re-cast TV show. It was starting to seem like Stallone wasn’t keen to get back in the bandana for another go around and looking for some other way to keep the character alive.
At the same time, Stallone is also keen to take a back seat on The Expendables. I can tell you that the two new films being developed for that series – both The Expendabelles, which needs a title change, and another “next generation” concept, which needs a title to start with – are intended to feature Stallone’s character Barney Ross but only in a smaller, supporting roles.
All of this while Ryan Coogler continues to develop Creed, the film that will bring Rocky Balboa back to the big screen. In case you missed it, we spoke to Coogler a couple of months back about some of that films’ characters and it was all sounding pretty promising.
The Expendables 3 is due in UK cinemas on August 14th and in US cinemas one day later. Our hunch is that Lerner and Stallone will ask that film’s director Patrick Hughes to take charge of the new Rambo. His debut feature, Red Hill, certainly suggests he’s got appropriate skills for something in the vein of No Country For Old Men.