Sylvester Stallone in Talks for ‘Rambo’ TV Series

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The key to Sylvester Stallone’s laudable longevity isn’t re-invention, it’s reminiscence. When times were darkest for Stallone and he was clinging to relevancy while wading through a river of forgettable action thrillers for almost a decade and a half, it took a trio of projects –  Rocky BalboaRambo, and The Expendables - that either directly or indirectly reflected on the grandest moments of his career, to pull Stallone out of the water.

With production recently starting up on Expendables 3, the abysmal box office for Bullet to the Head, rumors about an on-screen mentor role in Creed, and the possible Rocky spin-off film, it would be hard to argue that Stallone is eager to stray from a winning formula - and now, there is a chance that he could bring John Rambo back to the screen; a small screen.

Entertainment One – a production company that also goes by eOne – is teaming up with Nu Image and producer Avi Lerner to shepherd a Rambo TV project into existence. Details are slim, but according to Coming Soon:

The parties are currently in negotiations with Sylvester Stallone to be involved with the project on a creative level as well as potentially reprise his iconic role as the original Rambo.

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In that this is still in it’s formative stages, it’s a bit hard to know if a potential on-screen role for Stallone might resemble the kind of role that Eddie Murphy had lined up for the sorta-unsuccessful Beverly Hills Cop TV-continuation, wherein Stallone would occasionally pop up on the show while handing the reigns to a younger lead. That wouldn’t be as seamless a trick on this project, unless producers decided to make this a prequel with the occasional flash-forward.

Here’s eOne TV CEO John Morayniss of the deal:

“We’re thrilled to join forces with a renowned producer like Avi and the Nu Image team. The ability to fuse the big screen and the small screen through Avi’s feature film expertise and eOne’s domestic production capabilities and international distribution infrastructure, makes for a highly complementary partnership [...] Rambo fans cover all demographics and we’re confident that we’ll quickly find this series a home.”

That confidence could be easily justified. Foreign box office numbers consistently show that aged movie stars like Stallone, Tom Cruise, and the like have greater commercial value overseas than they do at home. Add to that the curiosity that a Stallone headlining TV show could generate and the pre-installed Rambo fanbase in the US, and this could be a very lucrative project… so long as they get Stallone into the fold.


Stay tuned to Screen Rant for future updates on the Rambo TV project.

Source: Coming Soon 

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  1. If this actually happens, and I don’t believe it will, it would probably be something like a jungle version of Person of Interest.

  2. This won’t come together. There can’t be enough interest for this unless the concept is radically retooled. And certainly not with Stalone as Rambo.

  3. As much as I love Stallone and the Rambo series, this just seems like a horrible idea.

  4. This will meet the same fate as the “Beverly Hills Cop” show. They will end up turning the resurrection into a movie

  5. either do one last movie or do nothing at all.

  6. Yeah got to say this might just have the same fate as the Beverly Hills Cop tv series BUT if they do go through with it and it ends up on tv by some miracle Stallone should stay behind the scenes of the whole operation and bring in someone new to play Rambo.

  7. Wasn’t movie 5 supposed to involve John coming to Europe to rescue one of his kids with filming in Budapest?

    Turn that into a TV show and we’re golden.

  8. Noooo!!! Another movie maybe.. As a kid I was a big Rambo fan, don’t cheapen it by making a t.v. series.

  9. I love me some Rambo, but this sounds like a terrible idea

  10. If this happens on the small screen, I see nothing but disappointment. Rambo is a ruthless killing machine… ex-Green Beret. How do they convey that on television without severely editing the violence?

    • I’m guessing you haven’t seen any TV shows in the last 4 years.

      Spartacus, Game Of Thrones, The Following, Hannibal.

      Four shows that had way more explicit violence than the first three Rambo movies combined.

  11. I LOOOOOOVE Rambo & Stallone, but no. Just no.
    We have the show STRIKE BACK, which is aboutas much as one could take this genre of show.
    I’m a massive Stallone fan. The CREED/Rocky spin-off intrigues me. Rambo, however, it’s done; the last scene of John Rambo was perfect (not the film, just the scene). Leave it be.

    Besides, he can’t go back to Rambo after the Expendables

    • Strike Back is mildly entertaining.

      • Exactly. It’s ok. What could a Rambo television show do that Strike Back isn’t? Same crap, but with one soldier instead of two.

  12. Stallone’s too old to be playing Rambo anymore. Besides, I don’t see it making it past the pilot episode.

  13. Don’t waste your time with Ramhole. There are lots of other projects that would be better viewing for us fans. And Stallone is not that great, either.

  14. Ooohhh, this spammer really boxes my clown like Rocky Balboa!

  15. So the Remake/Reboot craze has alsp spread to TV land. Hollywood figured that TV is the place where good story’s can be told and now they wanna turn every old populair character into a TV show. It worked for Hannibal, but Rambo? No i don’t see it working.

  16. He drew first blood…

  17. sounds good I have all 4 movies on DVD and my 2 favorites are RAMBO: FIRST BLOOD PART II and RAMBO III “Murdock. I’m coming to get you”. “Who are you”? “Your worst nightmare”. CLASSIC

  18. The hollywood reporter is saying that they inked a deal with some studio to produce the tv series (no network just yet) and Stallone won’t star in it.

  19. I think IF they do this it should be planned for no more than 2-4 seasons. Enough time for it to build-up a base, it HAS to star Sly (c’mon dude, you can do it, quit acting like you’re too good for TV).

    Another potnetial way of doing it: An animated version, I know, I know, it sounds nuts, but it could work. I’ve bee nsaying for years that The Punisher works best in animated or comic form because we will never see him fighting the type of villains that show why he isn’t a Rambo-clone. Frank is the guy who deflected Cap’s shield (one of the few times it had ever happened at the time) with an M-16! Who shot Spidey in mid air while doing flipping through the air himself!

    Now Rambo is a true one-man-army, like Frank. We could see him pull off stuff that wouldn’t be possible on screen, or on TV. It’d be simply beyond budget.

    However I think Rambo coudl work great in live-action as well. There is still more to do for the old-warhorse. If the concept is good, even cliche but good, it will work. But recognize his age, and where he’s at, recognize that this has a shelf-life moreso than many other series. Recognize it has to be violent so it can go on AMC or onto Showtime, HBO or Starz. Let Rambo do his thing. Not getting framed and going on the run every week, not taking on 200 badguys every week..

    There could be episodes that dont’ show him killing anyone, for example.

    Or we could have him become a tracker and surivalist, a guide. Getting engulfed in some nasty hit, weapons-smuggling would be a good one. Explosives in particular. NO drug stuff. The drug war is failed and people are tired of seeing the “good guys” kill the “drug/bad guys.
    The plot could thicken over the season, Rambo could be pushed to hi mental and physical limits, truly pushed. They could sped the last half of the first seasone having him surviving in (mainly) the forest and they could spend the second or third season with accumulative injuries and him “finally feeling old” etc.

    There are definitely places to go with this, if one has the will, there’s a way, that whole thing :P

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