Sylvester Stallone Teases ‘Rambo 5′ Storyline

Published 3 years ago by , Updated March 8th, 2012 at 2:15 pm,

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With films like Bullet to the Head and The Expendables 2 due to hit theaters this year – and The Tomb co-starring Arnold Schwarzenegger as the next item on his acting to-do list – Sylvester Stallone has been enjoying what he calls a “walk down memory lane” by writing, directing and/or starring (sometimes, all three) in action flicks that harken back to the hard R-Rated, testosterone-fueled, violent cinematic romps that were all the rage in Hollywood during the 1980s and 90s.

Hence, there’s always been good reason to suspect that Rambo 5 with Stallone would eventually be made – even after the Hollywood icon claimed (matter-of-factly) that the film would never be made, back in 2010.

In a recent interview with, Stallone touched on many topics concerning his career as a whole – like his surprise success with Rocky, a onetime feud with Schwarzenegger, his frequent poor choice in film roles during the 90s, etc. – when the actor mentioned that he is indeed still “dying” to make a fifth Rambo flick.

Here is what Stallone had to offer, in terms of the potential storyline for Rambo 5:

“[John Rambo's] in Arizona on the border. It will involve him going into Mexico. I don’t think Rambo likes Mexicans.”

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The idea of John Rambo crossing over the U.S.-Mexico border and battling Mesoamerican criminals is similar to one that Stallone mentioned as being the setup for Rambo 5 a few years ago. However, in that instance, the idea was that Rambo would be battling Mexican cartels specifically.

When last we had anything of substance to report on a fifth Rambo flick – back in the latter half of Summer 2011 –  it had supposedly been retitled Rambo: Last Stand and was being scripted by Sean Hood (Conan the Barbarian). Hood had also provided the following nugget of information about how he came to be working on the project, and what the basis for his script draft was:

“I met with Mr Stallone twice last year…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…It’s more in line with the small-town thriller of ‘First Blood’.”

If you put two and two together, the implication seems to be that Stallone’s “book” for Rambo 5 may involve the eponymous Vietnam vet having found his way back to the United States – after making a living in Thailand in the fourth film, titled simply Rambo – and that Hood’s screenplay runs with that idea of Stallone’s onscreen counterpart shaking it up with some thugs who hail from the southern region of the U.S.-Mexico border.

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Stallone’s been in a similar position before – with a project that he’s excited to make but which may or may not actually happen. In the aftermath of Rocky Balboa becoming a surprise critical and box office smash (paving the way for Rambo to be made and achieve similar financial success) it’s all the more difficult to dismiss just about any Stallone-centered action sequel as preposterous or not even a remote possibility.

Considering that the actor/filmmaker’s star meter doesn’t look to drop anytime soon, Stallone may manage to eventually pull Rambo 5 together after all. Whether or not the film will successfully bring things full circle back to First Blood and end the franchise on a high note as promised, well, that’s another matter.

We will continue to keep you posted on the status of Rambo 5 as the story develops.



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  1. I have great respect for Sly.At the age of 65,he is unmatched in action department and still raring to go.What a passion!
    My version of Rambo V is follows.A most dangerous and cruel terrorist or something else is a great threat to entire world.He has owes an island from where he operates.John Rambo enters in his den and destroyes everything in own style.

  2. Honestly, guys! A 65 year old action star?

    It’s time movie-makers got to understand that with or without CGI, audiences want realistic stories. I’d find it hard to believe that a grandpop (age-wise)could take on a young mexican drug lord, who has bodyguards and beat him along with his entire security outfit.

    It’s not logical. Stallone should either just retire or take roles that are in sync with his age. He could follow the example of Robert De Niro and others whom I won’t name.

    • you obviously haven’t met my uncle then.

      US Army SF most of his life, and currently doing Private Security in the middle east.

  3. Despite Stallone, Schwarzenegger, willis, etc. ages, might aswell let them do the films they wanna do. It’s not like theres alot of action stars who could replace them, especially when hollywood could remake/reboot some of their best work which is already starting to happen.

  4. there should be a 5 rambo I whatch rambo 4. sweet a 50 cal,mini nuke,what NEXT! is the vietnam war over for rb? Keep up the rampage an the guns…

  5. Much respect to Mr.Stallone and all his work. And whats this about his age and doing movies that fits his age. Whatever pal… I find it up to the actor/actress themselves that want to do what they ever well dang want to make/star in a film. So shut it. Also just like JT says, you have not met me in person, my brothers or other relatives. We are all true vets, still serve and can easily take on any young punk regardless of age. You forget we have tons of experience, we can still walk/run/lift weight that you could only dream about. And just as I mentioned, my experience, you have no clue how many tours I been on and I”M STILL HERE! I’m 62 still going on strong as ever. Good luck trying to take on any one with my experience just coming out of boot camp pal. Take-Care and just to annoy you more, I hope they keep making Rambo flicks, possibly a part 20? F.T.W

    • @ True-Vet

      I agree about letting actors/actresses doin the films they wanna do despite their ages. I respect Stallone,Schwarzengger, Willis’s, etc. decisions to carry on sequels to famous franchises of theirs or be leading actors in other films.

      Nice to know a Vet who’s served on here & I Thank You. I wished i could of been healthy enough to have served. 9/11 made me want to join even more. Watching films like the Rambo films & Captain America would drive me push myself to the limit. I thought the last Rambo film left the franchise with a good ending but if Stallone can make a 5th film with a ending to conclude the franchise aswell, that would be great. Because id hate to see Rambo franchise be rebooted.

    • Haha you old cats crack me up. I always get a kick out of Internet tough guys, but a 62 year old Internet tough guy takes the cake. I’m sure you had your day way back in Nam, I hate to break it to you gramps your “good ol’ days” have passed you by. So sit back, watch Ellen & save the stories for your great grand kids.

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