Is Sylvester Stallone Coming Back for Another ‘Rambo’?

By June 23, 2014

The perma-buff eighties hero of your dreams, Sylvester Stallone shows no sign of letting up on this action superstar thing, especially when it comes to franchise work. To wit, Sly will next appear in a pair of Expendables features (the third film arrives later this year, while the fourth has already been announced) and the Rocky spin-off Creed (which has been announced, though it is without a release date and all that jazz). But what about his other trademark role? What of John Rambo? Turns out, he might be returning to that role, too — and soon.

FilmFutter reports (via ComingSoon) that Splendid Films has not only picked up the rights for a new Rambo film, they’ve already got a script from Stallone himself ready to go. Too bad it sounds…well, kind of boring, especially when we remember what the fifth Rambo could have been about.

Their press release shares:

Mit ‘Rambo V’ kehrt Sylvester Stallone in seine Paraderolle zurück. Dieses Mal legt er sich mit dem mexikanischen Kartell an. Stallone, der auch für das Drehbuch verantwortlich ist, beschreibt den neuen Rambo als seine Version von ‘No Country for Old Men.’ Produzent ist, wie schon beim letzten ‘John Rambo,’ Avi Lerner (‘The Expendables 1-3’).

In English, that translates to:

With ‘Rambo V’ Sylvester Stallone returns in his iconic role. This time he goes up against a Mexican cartel. Stallone, who has also written the screenplay, describes the new Rambo as his version of ‘No Country for Old Men.’ Like the last film, ‘Rambo V’ is produced by Avi Lerner (“The Expendables 1-3”).


Sure, the idea that Rambo is taking on a Cormac McCarthy/Coen Brothers bent is intriguing, but a Mexican drug cartel? At this point, hasn’t every action hero gone up against a Mexican drug cartel? Rambo could do so much more.

We’ve been down this fifth Rambo film path before, however, when word of a possible new Rambo hit the wire, the kind of dizzyingly wacky and bloody film that we’d love to see from Stallone now (too bad, though). Back in 2009, a synopsis for the potential next entry went around that sounded as if Stallone would be adapting the James Byron Huggins novel “Hunter” for the anti-hero’s grizzled (and, frankly, weirdly terrifying) next chapter.

That synopsis read:

John Rambo could track anyone – or anything – on earth. Now the military desperately needs him for a mission that his ultrasensitive instincts tell him he should refuse. A beast is loose somewhere north of the Artic Circle. It has already decimated a secret research facility and annihilated a squad of elite military guards. And the raging creature is headed south toward civilization, ready to wreak bloody devastation.

It’s a job that Rambo and his 22-year-old hunting partner, Beau Brady, can’t turn down, but they and a team of highly-skilled special forces kill team discover that the prey is a terror beyond their wildest imagination – a half-human abomination created by a renegade agency through a series of outlawed genetic experiments. It has man’s cunning, a predator’s savageness, and a prehistoric power that has transcended the ages. And even if Rambo and Beau survive its unrelenting hunger for human blood, they’ll still have to contront the grim reality that it may have grown immortal.

Do you want to see another Rambo film? Would you rather this new, Coen Brothers-esque tale or the former crazed-beast storyline?

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Kate Erbland
Kate Erbland is a staff writer for movie news and reviews at GeekNation. Her work can also be found at Film School Rejects, ScreenCrush, Vanity Fair, The Dissolve, Cosmopolitan, Bustle, amNewYork, New York Daily News, Dame Magazine, Mental Floss,, MSN Movies, and Boxoffice Magazine. She lives in New York City with two cats, two turtles, one boyfriend, and a frightening number of sensible canvas totes.