Rambo is coming back to theaters. Except it will be without its iconic star Sylvester Stallone.
The soldier who could probably be his own platoon is getting a second life from Nu Image/Millennium Films in Rambo: New Blood that The Hollywood Reporter says will reboot the franchise with a new star.
The role originated with Stallone in 1982 in First Blood. Distributed by Orion Pictures (which is now a part of MGM), Stallone wrote the screenplay based on the 1972 novel by David Morrell. While Morrell didn’t leave room for a sequel by killing John Rambo, Stallone left him alive, allowing him to pop up three more times: Rambo: First Blood Part II in 1985, Rambo III in 1988 and Rambo in 2008.
That last outing, featuring the character (and actor) well into his 60s, earned $112.2 million at the box office, according to The Numbers. By comparison, when adjusted for inflation, First Blood earned $315.1 million worldwide, while First Blood Part II grabbed $674.8 million, and the lesser reviewed Rambo III $386.8 million.
New Blood will be written by brand new writer Brooks McLaren, who is still looking for his first produced script. He was on Hollywood’s “Black List” in 2011 with the script How It Ends. The Black List features the industry’s most popular unproduced scripts.
Set to direct is Ariel Vromen, who most recently helmed Criminal with Kevin Costner, Ryan Reynolds and Gal Gadot. The crime drama made $36.1 million worldwide.
There is no timetable on the project, but it’s possible fans could see the return of Rambo sometime in 2018.
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