Back in Summer 2009, Rambo V was officially greenlit by Nu Image/Millennium Films, the studio behind The Expendables, that would see franchise star Sylvester Stallone back behind the machine gun.
Since then, rumors and reports have surfaced periodically regarding the film’s plot and the possibility of it being a prequel. Also, at one point, Stallone said he wouldn’t be returning for a fifth Rambo movie.
Fearnet recently spoke with Conan The Barbarian screenwriter Sean Hood who told the site that he’s just finished the first draft on a fifth Rambo movie, which he called Rambo: Last Stand.
I recently finished a first draft of Rambo: Last Stand (Rambo 5) for Millennium films, based on a story idea by Sylvester Stallone. Hopefully, Mr. Stallone will eventually have the time and the inclination to do another Rambo.
Then, Hood confirmed to Empire magazine that he met with Stallone twice last year regarding the project.
“He gave me a book, an older screenplay, and about twenty pages he’d written himself to use as inspiration for the last chapter of the Rambo saga.”
Empire reports that while Hood didn’t reveal what book he was referring to, he did say it wasn’t based on any of the previously noted ideas that have surfaced, including the idea of doing a prequel, and that this final movie would be “…more in line with the small-town thriller of First Blood.”
With the success of 2008’s Rambo, the fourth film in the franchise, as well as Stallone’s mega-action ensemble flick The Expendables, I think it’s safe to say that Stallone will be back. There’s no reason for him not to return. He’s already working on The Expendables 2, so it’s not like the 65-year-old actor is putting his action-hero days behind him.
I say, bring it on, especially since the story will be more in line with the first movie, First Blood, which is NOT a mindless or over-the-top action movie, but rather a serious drama with great action — before John Rambo earned his action-superhero status.
What do you think? Does the world need another Rambo movie?