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 Balboa, Rambo, 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.
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