December 30, 2014

Sly Stallone Confirms LAST BLOOD: RAMBO Is Next

It's hard to remember a time when Sly Stallone was a considered a real actor. He used to write and star in great films like Rocky and First Blood (which he also directed), only to let the money and fame get to him. His last real attempt act dramatic acting was James Mangold's excellent crime drama Cop Land from 1997. Expendables 3 bombing has perhaps given him a reality-check and he's picking some really interesting projects for his next couple of films.

He'll be returning to the iconic role of Rocky in the spin-off Creed, which will focus on the grandson of Apollo Creed (played by Michael B. Jordan) making a run at a boxing career. Of course, his grandfather's boxing buddy Rocky will be coaching him along the way. Sly took to Twitter to confirm that he's about to start shooting the film.

Sly also confirms that the 5th Rambo installment titled Last Blood: Rambo is next for him. In September, ComingSoon had reported that the project was back in development but we didn't get official word until now. Another Tweet seeming shows an image of Sly working on the script, placed on a desk surrounded by the character's weapon of choice.

There's been development for a fifth film, ever since John Rambo made a bit of a splash back in 2008. It's minor success helped get Expendables made and spawned two sequels. I actually preferred John Rambo to all three of the Expendables installments. It might have something to do with the combat violence that series is known for. The assumption being that he'll end-up writing and directing the final installment.

One of the rumored plots for Rambo 5 focused on our hero taking-on a group of animal-human hybrids. Since that information leaked the project has been stuck in limbo. There had been talk that the film could take place stateside again, as we last see John walking down a road to his family's ranch in . There are plenty of ways to go about figuring-out a final mission for Rambo.

In 2012, Stallone talked to MTV chatting a bit about his ideas about the film. Even commenting on the talk of Rambo going up against Mexican cartels in the film. A cool angle and since Stallone usually has a topical nature with his locations, using Burma and Afghanistan as previous settings.

“I know there is [another story to tell]. It’s one thing where you lay down the final culmination of your life where you can articulate it, but also act on it where [Rambo] realizes what his destiny really is. It’s not to be a farmer, it’s not to be obscure; it’s to go out in a blaze of glory in a heroic fashion. But is he really doing it for himself or is he doing it because that’s just his id? That’s who he is.”

“I like the whole Mexican situation, what’s going on down there. So I’m working on a formula for it right now.”


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