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. (more…)
It’s the age of the elderly action star, it seems. We’ve already seen three installments in the Expendables franchise, Arnie “The Governator” Schwarzenegger is returning to do more Terminator movies and now, as if on cue, Sylvester Stallone wants to make another Rambo flick. It was announced back in June that Stallone was writing up a fifth movie in the franchise and now, if the rumors are true, there’s a title as well. Read on for all the eye-rolling news. (more…)
This time on The BastardCast, Jere… screw it. BATMAN FEVER! Ben Affleck is the latest actor to put on the cowl and Jeremy and Jason have armed themselves against the imposing waves of nerd hate to talk about the good, the bad, and the unknown regarding Warner Bros. shocking choice.
That’s not all! There’s other stuff to discuss like Sylvester Stallone’s possible Rambo return, the way that Mel Gibson may be curling his way back to legitimacy, a cell phone that goes up your butt (no, it’s not the platinum iPhone), and a robot stand-up comedian.
More? Fine! Jason yells about Steven Moffat’s comments about the Doctor’s regeneration limit, Katee Sackhoff wants to play Harley Quinn and Mark Wahlberg wants to play Iron Man, and a Canadian dentist wants to play God thanks to his pricey purchase of a John Lennon tooth and advances in Mammoth cloning.
We’ve also got Jason drooling all over The World’s End, Simon Pegg getting lippy about Star Trek fans, Sean Connery’s sad cinematic death, and for some reason, Jason adopts a Scottish accent for the last 7 minutes of the show.
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Well, it looks like another old classic may come out of the recycling bin to make some Hollywood wallets even fatter. This time around, it’s Rambo. But from the talk of it, they’re not looking at rebooting the series for the big screen or even continuing it, instead preferring to see the potential in taking the homicidal war veteran to television.
What’s more, it seems as if Sylvester Stallone himself will be involved in the series. He’s currently in talks with Entertainment One and Nu Image. For those that don’t know, these are the guys responsible for helping Stallone with the Expendables franchise, so we’re looking at some serious names and money trying to bring this one to the table.
If everything goes according to plan, Stallone will act as consultant on the series and may even star in it, though for how long and in what capacity remains to be seen. It’s still in early development, however, with little known other than the fact that people are interested in doing it, so we’ll have to wait and see how this one pans out.
What do the Nerd Readers think about it? Is Rambo a good franchise to convert to television? Would you sit down and watch John Rambo wandering around and getting into all sorts of crazy (and potentially violent) adventures?
Thanks to /film for the heads-up.
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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.
As a great philosopher once said “what the world needs now, is love, sweet love”. Apparently Sylvester Stallone disagrees, he things we really need another Rambo movie. Sly did a career spanning interview with MacLeans Magazine recently and revealed that he is not done with the troubled Vietnam veteran. When asked about bringing is other big character, Rocky, back in 2006’s Rocky Balboa he tagged the end of the answer with this.
“I’m dying to do another Rambo. He’s in Arizona on the border. It will involve him going into Mexico. I don’t think Rambo likes Mexicans.”
Um… what? Is that the plot idea? Rambo dislikes a country based on it being more south than the one he is in?
Let’s dive deeper into Sly’s mind to see if we can find the answer. He does talk about the duality of the two characters he’s best known for, Sly breaks down both Rock and Rambo for us.
“Rambo is me before coffee in the morning. Rocky is me after coffee. Rambo has reverted into kind of like an id: primitive, reactive and instinctual, almost like an animal. I love this character because he hasn’t quite been fleshed out. He’s like an errant knight, looking to die in a glorious fashion. He has no desire to go into old age or have a family. Rocky is the antithesis: he cannot live without family. So you’ve got the American Frankenstein monster, then you have the American Dream. In the book, Rambo gets killed. I thought it was not the proper message. There had been close to 200,000 suicides by returning Vietnam vets. I said, “Why don’t we take him right to the edge without annihilating him?” Quentin Tarantino said, “You’re a coward, you should have killed him!” I said, “Quentin, you’re a lunatic. I want to do some sequels, brother.””
So… where is the deep seeded hatred for the country that gave us tacos (the only truly prefect food) come from? Sadly the interviewer never pressed him for answers on that, however he did ask if this possible next Rambo flick would be the one where the shirtless kill machine meets the end he says the character was destined for.
MacLeans: So will you kill him off?
Hang on now, so after fighting small town American cops, Soviet and Vietnamese troops, the damn Russians again in Afghanistan, and then South East Asian rebels, he will finally meet his end in Mexico? Am I missing something here? The last time the USA was at odds with our friends south of the boarder it was the 19th century. Way to pick a topical conflict, Sly.
The whole article is really worth a read based purely on nostalgia. He makes references to some up coming projects (dismissive wank) and talks about his previous work (nostalgic wank). Before you ask, no, he makes no reference to Stop Or My Mom Will Shoot getting the sequel treatment, I assume he is just waiting for the right random ethnic group to attack in it.
What’s up bastards! Here we are with another installment of NerdBastards’ weekly DVD Tuesday feature. We list what came out today and either recommend if it’s either a BUY, RENT, or PASS. Today we finally see the release of that action flick filled with an “all star” cast.
As always, we have the Old is New section filled with Blu-ray 2 pack and the TV Show DVD section as well. So what are you waiting for? Check what came out after the jump and see if there is something you want!
The internet once again shows me that they are amazing people out there with skills with Photoshop and ideas while my skills with MS Paint makes me look like a lint licker. Cracked.com recently held a contest for users to make propaganda posters from the universe of their favorite films. From Star Wars to Lord of the Rings, people bust some sweet looking posters and I could totally see these around in their respected movie-verse. There are a quite a few to look at so check after the jump to see if one of your favorite movies is on there. (more…)