It seems that Sylvester Stallone has been in nostalgia mode for the last several years. With the Expendables franchise being the premiere action series for the last several years, bringing together the greatest action stars from the last 30 years, a recent Rambo update, a less than stellar Rocky Balboa and Creed which is getting some serious Oscar buzz for both it stars and an announced sequel, Stallone has made quite the living these past few years living in the past. But at what point is enough enough for the Hollywood legend. Well, it seems that Stallone may have finally drawn the line in the sand for his nostalgic tour.
Hot on the heels of the recently announced Rambo Television series that Stallone reportedly has nothing to do with, the 69 year old actor has finally decided to retire the headband.
“It’s like fighters that go back for one last round and get clobbered. Leave it to someone else,” Stallone said. “As an action film, I was very satisfied that [Rambo IV] dealt with the Burmese situation. It had one foot in a current event, the longest civil war in history, 65 years at that time. It was so brutal, which civil war is, I was shocked they even gave me an R-rating. I didn’t want to compromise. I said, ‘This is probably going to be the last decent film of this genre that I’m going to do as a solo act.’ When that was accomplished, I never felt the same willingness to do it again. There’s nothing left. When they asked me to do another Rambo’ I said, ‘If I can’t do better than I did last time, and I can’t, then why’?”
And even though Stallone is not involved with the new Rambo series, it is hard to follow up on the original. Stallone himself had some cautious words for the new series and the characters legacy…
“I don’t want to cast aspersions, but it’s delicate to try to replace a character with his son. I’ve seen the son of Flicka, the son of Tarzan, the son of King Kong, the son of Godzilla. It’s a very difficult premise.”
In the same interview, Stallone says that he’s been talking to Creed director Ryan Coogler about the Creed sequel which would do some kind of Godfather Part II thing, cutting between a present-day story about Adonis Creed and a pre-Rocky IV arc reuniting Rocky with Apollo Creed.