RAMBO V: The Return or Retirement of Sylvester Stallone’s Title Character?

     June 23, 2014


In the 1982 action-thriller First Blood, Sylvester Stallone made John Rambo into a household name.  Then, in 2008, Stallone returned to reprise the role in the aptly titled picture Rambo, which many thought would be the actor’s farewell to the character since it quite literally is a homecoming of sorts.  However, Stallone’s been mulling a fifth picture in the years since the last film, and if a press release from a German media company is to be believed, then Stallone is back for Rambo V.  Hit the jump for more.

sylvester-stallone-rambo-vHere’s the translated section (Thanks, Google!) of a German press release for Splendid Film GmbH’s film acquisitions, including Rambo V:

With “Rambo V” Sylvester Stallone returns to his signature role. This time he messes with the Mexican cartel. Stallone, who is also responsible for the screenplay, describes the new Rambo as his version of “No Country for Old Men.” Producer is like the last “Rambo”, Avi Lerner (“The Expendables 1-3”).

We’ve heard lots of different versions of this film over the years.  Nearly five years ago, we heard that Rambo would be taking on “Mexican drug cartels and human traffickers in an attempt to rescue an American girl kidnapped near the border.”  That seems to jibe with what this new press release reports, so hopefully that’s what Stallone’s been working on all this time.  Then again, Stallone himself said the plot would center around a military lab located in the Pacific Northwest that experiments on soldiers, and then he said it’d be that first plot but set in a foreign country.  At one point during his efforts on The Expendables movies, he debated on whether or not to make Rambo V his Unforgiven or if he’d decide to pass the torch onto someone else.

So, at this moment, it remains to be seen just what will become of the Rambo franchise, especially since the previous film failed to find a domestic audience and didn’t even make a big splash with international audience as it only brought in just north of $113 million.  The closest you’ll get to seeing Sly as Rambo in the near future is when he reprises his role of Barney Ross in The Expendables 3, opening August 15th.


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