The First Blood/Rambo movies are one of Sylvester Stallone’s biggest franchises to date. Aside from Rocky, there is probably no other character which brings Sly to mind as much as the gun-totting, evil regime-fighting John Rambo.
Admittedly, aside from the first installment, these aren’t what one would call deep films filled with complex character development. And after the first flick, the franchise slowly degenerated into chapter after chapter of Rambo blowing shit up with little other purpose than looking cool and spreading the American Way to foreign tyrants.
Just when it was thought that this string of explosions had died down, Rambo 5 is creeping into the land of possibilities. Despite Stallone voicing early objections to the continuation of the series, his current stance seems to suggest that he’s all for it.
In a recent interview at CinemaCon, Stallone stated that he is onboard for a 5th Rambo movie and that, if he has his way, the character will end dramatically. He also hinted that the new film might be using the Mexican drug wars as a backdrop.
When asked if there was really another Rambo story to be told, Stallone had this to say:
“I know there is. It’s one thing where you lay down the final culmination of your life where you can articulate it, but also act on it where he realizes what his destiny really is. It’s not to be a farmer, it’s not to be obscure; it’s to go out in a blaze of glory in a heroic fashion. But is he really doing it for himself or is he doing it because that’s just his id? That’s who he is.”
And though the movie doesn’t even have a script as of yet, if Stallone wants it to be made, it will almost certainly happen. Either he’ll get the movie to production or some movie executives will wake up with explosives strapped to their heads.
It’s not a secret that Stallone has no shortage of big-dollar roles available to him right now and that money is practically flowing out of every one of his orifices, so why the return to Rambo? Is this going to be a serious attempt to put an end-cap on the franchise or is this just a last ditch effort to cash in on the name before its expiration date is reached?
And, more importantly, are we going to want to see a 65-year old Sylvester Stallone running around sweaty with his shirt off for 2 hours? Let’s hope he’s keeping in better shape than Arnie.
Thanks to screenrant for letting us know that Rambo is on the loose once more.