RAMBO V in the Works: Sylvester Stallone to Return


Splendid Film, a Germany-based studio who owns the rights to the Expendables films, acquired film rights for the next Rambo movie and Sylvester Stallone will be reprising the title role, as well as penning the script.

Here’s the translators’ statement via ComingSoon:

“With ‘Rambo V’ Sylvester Stallone returns in his iconic role. This time he goes up against a Mexican cartel. Stallone, who has also written the screenplay, describes the new Rambo as his version of ‘No Country for Old Men.’ Like the last film, ‘Rambo V’ is produced by Avi Lerner (“The Expendables 1-3”)

The idea that Rambo is taking on a Coen Brothers bent is intriguing, but a Mexican drug cartel sounds so generic these days. At this point, Stallone could do a bit  more with the synopsis below for a fifth film, back in 2009:

John Rambo could track anyone – or anything – on earth. Now the military desperately needs him for a mission that his ultrasensitive instincts tell him he should refuse. A beast is loose somewhere north of the Artic Circle. It has already decimated a secret research facility and annihilated a squad of elite military guards. And the raging creature is headed south toward civilization, ready to wreak bloody devastation.

It’s a job that Rambo and his 22-year-old hunting partner, Beau Brady, can’t turn down, but they and a team of highly-skilled special forces kill team discover that the prey is a terror beyond their wildest imagination – a half-human abomination created by a renegade agency through a series of outlawed genetic experiments. It has man’s cunning, a predator’s savageness, and a prehistoric power that has transcended the ages. And even if Rambo and Beau survive its unrelenting hunger for human blood, they’ll still have to confront the grim reality that it may have grown immortal.

The synopsis seemed as if Stallone would be adapting the James Byron Huggins novel “Hunter” as the next chapter in the hit franchise. But Sly might tackle another story, now that there’s some money behind the project. Frankly, that synopsis made me cringe.