There have been rumblings about Rambo 5 for years now, even after 2008's Rambo seemed to conclude the 1980s-born action franchise. Most recently, there were rumors that the film would begin production in Fall 2014 but obviously, that didn't happen. And now, Sylvester Stallone is set up to reprise his other iconic role as Rocky Balboa in Rocky spinoff Creed (opposite Michael B. Jordan as Apollo Creed's grandson), which is slated to begin production in Philadelphia next month.
Sly is now saying that he shall, in fact, reprise as John Rambo sometime after finishing Creed (he may already be in training), in a movie that he's confirmed will be titled Last Blood (or Rambo: Last Blood, perhaps). Stallone also indicated the fifth Rambo installment will happen before he stars in the mob enforcer biopic Scarpa, which he is currently attached to.
Scarpa already has a director in Brad Furman (The Lincoln Lawyer) and a screenplay by Nicholas Pileggi (Goodfellas, Casino), though Last Blood is a project that Sly is expected to direct based on his (already finished) script. The next Rambo film has also shown more signs of forward momentum this year; hence, Sly's recent comment on Twitter (see below) doesn't come as a huge surprise.
Doing Scarpa based on Gangster Greg Scarpa after LAST BLOOD RAMBO...
— Sylvester Stallone (@TheSlyStallone) December 28, 2014
Last Blood, once rumored to be titled Last Stand and based on the Hunter sci-fi novel (which Sly owned the film rights to), is currently expected to follow John Rambo as he takes on drug cartels based close to Arizona (near the U.S. and Mexico border). One of the central themes of the story, according to Stallone, will be what it means to not just realize "the final culmination of your life," but act on it. And in John Rambo's case, that means going out fighting.
Rambo, for many fans of the title character, ended on a note that offered a satisfying conclusion to the violent tale of John Rambo. Nonetheless, the idea that Last Blood will be the No Country for Old Men of Stallone's career, suggests the film could actually be a proper, final, farewell to the character. At the least, here is to hoping that Creed and Last Blood finish Sly's time with the respective franchises on a high note.
We'll bring you more information on Last Blood/Rambo: Last Blood when we have it.
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