Sylvester Stallone has not had the best of years when it comes to domestic Box Office figures. With his last four movies – Bullet to the Head, Escape Plan, Grudge Match, and The Expendables 3 – all underperforming well below expectations, it’s no wonder seeing he is revisiting one of his iconic characters to try and reignite some Box Office appeal. This has worked for Sly before with Rocky Balboa in 2006 and Rambo V in back in 2008. Currently over in Philly prepping for his role in the Rocky spin-off Creed, Sly has been making a couple of announcements via his twitter account.
The actor and screenwriter confirmed the fifth Rambo movie will be titled Last Blood and it will go into production before his gangster film Scarpa.
Here is Stallone’s announcement about filming Rambo:Last Blood and Scarpa:
Doing Scarpa based on Gangster Greg Scarpa after LAST BLOOD RAMBO…
— Sylvester Stallone (@TheSlyStallone) December 28, 2014
Splendid Films has previously announced that Stallone had already begun work on the screenplay for Last Blood and they released an announcement back in June which you can view bellow:
“With Rambo V, Sylvester Stallone returns in his iconic role. This time he goes up against a Mexican cartel. Stallone describes the new Rambo as his version of No Country for Old Men.”
The movie has been in development for several years now, and Stallone hasn’t stated when the cameras will actually start rolling for Last Blood, only announcing that it will take priority over the Gangster movie Scarpa. So it seems likely that the film is going to start shooting soon, otherwise we are going to be waiting quite some time until the release of Scarpa.
As far as funding is concerned after the poor box office receipts from Stallone’s recent films, Stallone still seems to be a big draw outside the U.S. Subsequently, both Escape Plan (also starring Arnold Schwarznegger) and The Expendables 3 performed far better in the international market bringing in 75-80% of their total gross, pushing their current global totals to $137 million and $152 million, respectively. Going by these figures, if Last Blood is made on a relatively modest budget similar to Rambo – which made most of it’s $113 million back internationally – then it seems like a good bet investment wise.
However, one of the problems is whether people will want to see another Rambo movie or not. The last movie concluded the franchise in a blaze of glory and it was the perfect ending to an inconsistent franchise. So it would be a shame to ruin that as Rocky Balboa also had the perfect send-off too. Do people really want to see another instalment of John Rambo taking on Mexican drug cartels?
Scarpa has some good talent behind it with Brad Furman set to direct with a script produced by Nicholas Pileggi (Goodfellas, Casino). Based on a true story, it will tell the tale of Gregory Scarpa, a capo and hitman who claimed to have killed at least fifty people for the Colombo crime family. Scarpa will focus on the gangster’s later life working as an FBI informant, and in particular, when he helps with the “Mississippi Burning” case in the mid-1960s. Scarpa died of AIDS-related complications in 1994 at the age of 66.
Personally Scarpa sounds far more interesting than another Rambo, and maybe Stallone can pull a Copland or Rocky Balboa performance out of the bag, which would be nice, as he has more than proved himself as an actor.
Do you want to see another Rambo? Or do you want to see Stallone tackling a different kind of role? …Perhaps that’s what he needs…
Via – SlashFilm