I thought Rambo 5 was a dead project, but apparently I was wrong. Sometimes I don’t mind being wrong at all. Sean Hood, who wrote the Conan the Barbarian remake and Crow: Wicked Pray, has been working on the screenplay … Continue reading

‘Rambo’ Isn’t Dead Yet

I thought Rambo 5 was a dead project, but apparently I was wrong. Sometimes I don’t mind being wrong at all.

Sean Hood, who wrote the Conan the Barbarian remake and Crow: Wicked Pray, has been working on the screenplay and tweeted this the other day when a fan asked the status of the project:

Rambo 5 on hold as Sly finishes Expendables 2. He hasn’t decided if R5 will be an “Unforgiven” or a “passing of the torch.”

So, it looks like the next Rambo film isn’t dead at all, it’s just on hold until Stallone finishes EX2.

Which direction would you like to see the new Rambo film go? I’d prefer it go The Unforgiven route and have it be John Rambo’s swan song. I really don’t see a point to passing the torch. They’ll most likely remake or reboot the franchise in a few years anyway.

If you haven’t read David Morrell’s novel First Blood, do you yourself a favor and pick it up. Its a great dark thriller about the psychological and physical struggles of a veteran returning home after war. As much as I like the film, the novel gets into the character of Rambo in a more satisfying way. I read once it was actually required reading in schools until the Rambo films became popular. After that I supposed the school boards thought it was too associated with violent films. Oh well, their loss.

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  • Andrew Rossovich

    Philip “sometimes I don’t mind be wrong be wrong even a little bit” either :P.

    Taking after Ron Henriques and not proof-reading either — even the first line.  Seriously…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1034709619 Dan Riedel

    OPERATION CONTRA: As long as Arnold is in it this time, count me in!

  • Charles Jackson III

    PG-13 will kill him soon enough :-)

  • Anonymous

    Yea, I see a pg-13 rating in the future here. Of course he did right Conan which is R-rated so we will see. Money talks, of course it wont be long before the athiests arrive to put a spin on it and point fingers to Norris…id love to see if they blame Stallone If R5 ends up like EX2

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Peter-James/100002603705062 Peter James

    HE should doa passing of the torch type deal and close down his chapter of the story.

    And a good story would involve him having to face-off with/mentor yet another returning veteran from the Iraq/Afganistan wars (possibly even NAvy seal team member) who’se similarly damaged of sorts inside ( after smilarly not being allowed to ’win their war’) but still looking for a mission, and not finding himself fitting back into the civilian life he left behind.

    It could be they first go against each other in the first half of the movie (when Stallone is sent to hunt him down after he goes rogue just like Sly did in First Blood), and then team up for the closing act (once they realize why he went rogue) against another foe.

    That way the franchise could slide into a new face like the Bourne series has done and Sly can get behind the camera and do producer duties.

  • http://twitter.com/mixta110 Micky Betts

    Bring it on SLY! But unforgiven is the only way to go! You cant pass on a torch of being Rambo to someone else not called Rambo, and that dont have the same hang ups and experience as Rambo.

    Make it as good as Rambo-4 and i will be extatic! It even beat first blood for me, and i do not say that lightly. Would have loved a bit more action from Sly though, and more stealth kills. But turning a truck load of very bad men into mincemeat before my eyes has earned my respect!  Maybe bring Arnie in as Dutch from commando, and do a team up mission? And bring back those Mercs too they were great.

  • Anonymous

    The First Blood novel ended with spoiler alert—– Trautman blowing Rambo away because he was too far gone.  Even Morrell when he wrote the adapation of Rambo II prefered Stallones ending-which was shot in both arrested and shot versions.  The arrested version worked better story and film goers way!