Apparently Sylvester Stallone’s mantra is "never let die." After resurrecting Barney Ross for The Expendables 3 and with plans to do the same for Rocky Balboa in the upcoming spinoff, Creed, the action movie mainstay is ready for another Rambo entry. And it looks like he just officially revealed the title, and that likely means a bigger announcement is on the horizon.
We haven’t heard much on the next Rambo, as details and a production schedule are being finalized. Though, there was a rumor floating around that it will be officially titled Rambo: Last Blood, a name which originated from a ComingSoon reader. Not the most reliable of sources, we know, but Stallone took to Twitter and seemingly confirmed this piece of intel.
As John Rambo himself is perfectly content in naming names, it stands to reason that an official announcement will likely drop soon with a release date for Rambo: Last Blood. According to reports, Stallone not only plans on starring in the film, but directing it as well. He directed himself in a number of the Rocky movies and in The Expendables, so we have some faith he can pull this one off.
Few plot details are known of Last Blood: Rambo, but Ain’t It Cool News released a supposed plot description way back in 2009, which sounds eerily similar to James Byron Huggins’ novel Hunter. (Note that Stallone maintains the movie rights to this title.) However, that was then, when the title was rumored to be The Savage Land, so take that for whatever grain of salt it’s worth. However, Stallone described his character’s return a few months ago as such:
I’m getting ready for that. I’m starting to work out. I’m going to be appropriately vicious and all that stuff, but intellectual. A killer with a heart. Smart, yet stupid. Tall, yet short. Broad, but thin. You know what I mean. We’re going to try to cover all the boundaries.
There seems to be a lot of Rambo action going on nowadays. On top of the new movie, a Rambo TV series is in the works with Stallone in talks for a creative role, though he will not be reprising his role. Avi Lerner, who is producing Last Blood, is also producing the TV series, which Entertainment One seems confident will find a home real soon.
We get it...sort of. Rambo, much like Terminator and Mad Max, had been collecting dust and was virtually unknown to the younger generation of moviegoers. With Terminator getting a reboot/sequel and Mad Max returning with Tom Hardy in Fury Road, it makes some sense that this franchise would want to find a fresher audience. But at this point it seems like overkill. Will the younger crowds have any interest in a new Rambo movie, let alone a new movie and TV series? Hey, if Arnold Schwarzenegger is still getting work as a 67-year-old, then why not Stallone? I wouldn’t count on an instant hit, though, just yet.