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Fans are gonna be out for First Blood on this one. Hollywood has gone and done it again. They’re rebooting another classic film franchise. Nu Image / Millennium Films are moving forward with another Rambo movie. This isn’t a sequel or spin-off. Nor does Sylvester Stallone have anything to do with it. This is a complete reboot through and through.

You hear that? That sound of a million fans screaming “NOoooOOoOoo” with drooped lower lips, whilst firing automatic rifles in the air in protest. Kind of like the image above, or rather exactly like the above image

The Hollywood Reporter, which broke the news, Millennium is treating Rambo “as a character akin to James Bond.” Meaning, they believe the franchise can live on across multiple films and have no worry as to who plays the character.  They’ve pegged Ariel Vromen (Criminal)  to direct and have  Brooks McLaren on board to write.

Stallone has played Rambo 4 times. From from 1982-1988 and then again, in  2008’s Rambo. There’s been talks and development of a 4th movie for a long time. At one point, there was even a hackneyed script that saw Rambo taking on mutant werewolves or some crazy shit. Stallone himself had rolled around the idea of Rambo: Last Blood, described as “his version of No Country for Old Men.” But that fact of the matter is, Stallone is 70 years old. While he’s still in incredible shape and looks better shirtless that most 30-year olds, the type of action that Rambo calls for, is hard on the body. All those Expendable films he makes and what not, are getting harder and harder on him. Even if he was physically up to the task, Stallone was happy where he left the character. With 2008’s Rambo, which he also directed, he was asked what his response on coming back for another. He said, “There’s nothing left. If I can’t do better than I did last time, and I can’t, then why?”

Obviously, Rambo is a well branded familiar IP. With it, there is always the potential for more and more money a Studio can milk out of it. So “no more Rambo” was never not going to be an option. But f*cking reboots, man. They’re awful! And yes, occasionally, reboots do work. But for every Planet of the Apes (not the Tim Burton one, the second reboot), Judge Dredd, or Star Trek, there is a wake of failures – ie Ghostbusters, Conan, Nightmare on Elm St, Terminator and so on. The best and smartest thing Hollywood can do when it comes to jumpstarting a franchise is keeping things in the same Universal is the films that came before it. Films like Star Wars, Jurassic Park, and Creed. Those films brought back original characters to pass things onto new characters. That’s how you service fans of the original and carry on franchises for newer audiences. Reboots need to pass on the torch. Not put it out in water and grab a new one.

And to think Rambo can be the American version of James Bond. Please. James Bond is the exception, not the rule. That way of thinking is stupid, stop it!

Hollywood could have very easily written a 4th Rambo movie. It could have taken a lift from Stephen Langs Don’t Breath, about 3 robbers who fuck with the wrong retired blind veteran. Make the same movie but with Rambo. Or, they could have made Rambo a father type figure, befriending some young down and out Iraq War veteran with a penchant for killing. Stallones Rambo gets killed and the young buck picks up the necklace from a deceased John Rambo, then heads out on a mission for some cold sweet revenge, and Voila!… becomes the NEW Rambo. Could have even thrown in a political message about retired vets and how they are mistreated and forgotten about by the government, which could have book-ended the speech from the first Rambo movie.

Point is, there are ways to get people excited about a new Rambo movie and honor the original movies but a complete reboot isn’t it.

 

 

 

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