‘Rambo’ Reboot in the Works Without Sylvester Stallone in Lead Role
THR broke the news that Nu Image/Millennium Films is developing Rambo: New Blood, a reboot of beloved franchise with Ariel Vroman behind the camera and Brooks McLaren penning the script.
Vromen is Millennium favorite whose credits include the crime drama The Iceman, starring Michael Shannon and Winona Ryder, and Criminal, a thriller starring Kevin Costner, Ryan Reynolds and Gal Gadot, while McLaren has a few projects in the works including Black List post-apocalyptic drama How It Ends and Ben Affleck‘s action thriller Line of Sight.
The new reboot does not star Sylvester Stallone like he did in 2008’s fourth Rambo, but would see a younger actor with an eye towards future sequels. The company is looking at John Rambo as a James Bond-like character, which makes sense in terms of brand longevity. But the iconic ’80s action hero is definitely a character of his time and shoe-horning his backstory into Afghanistan or Iraq won’t fix that. It could be a bland, face value reboot instead. Check out the synopsis for the original “First Blood” novel:
First came the man: a young wanderer in a fatigue coat and long hair. Then came the legend, as John Rambo sprang from the pages of FIRST BLOOD to take his place in the American cultural landscape. This remarkable novel pits a young Vietnam veteran against a small-town cop who doesn’t know whom he’s dealing with — or how far Rambo will take him into a life-and-death struggle through the woods, hills, and caves of rural Kentucky.
Millions saw the Rambo movies, but those who haven’t read the book that started it all are in for a surprise — a critically acclaimed story of character, action, and compassion.
Ahh, whatever. I guess that a TV show at FOX, based on the character and also called “Rambo: New Blood,” is dead – no new movement has been reported since last fall.