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RAMBO 5 now a reality

RAMBO-POSTERVariety is reporting that Nu Image/Millennium Films has greenlit a fifth installment in the long running Rambo franchise with Sylvester Stallone returning to star, direct, and possibly write. Production is set to begin in the spring after Stallone wraps up his newest actioner, The Expendables. According to the trade Stallone’s Rambo will be fighting to rescue a young girl who is abducted by human traffickers and drug dealers near the U.S./Mexico border.

It’s almost hard to believe that the Rambo franchise goes back to 1982 when the character was introduced in First Blood. Other actor’s who were considered for the role at one time or another included Clint Eastwood, Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, Nick Nolte, and Michael Douglas.

First Blood was followed by the blockbuster sequel Rambo: First Blood Part II in 1985 and then Rambo III which disappointed at the box-office in 1988. I still remember its opening weekend box-office upset when Crocodile Dundee 2 was the dominant player that weekend.

While Rambo II (love it) and Rambo III (like it very much) took the character into comic book territory, last year’s Rambo, the fourth entry in the franchise, returned the character to his very gritty hard core roots. This pleased most of the fan-base and made a profit to boot.

I’m glad to see Stallone keep the character going. While the last chapter in the Rocky franchise is now closed with that character going out in style, I have no problem seeing the Rambo character going on another mission. Considering how grueling these films are it’s almost stunning that the soon to be 64 year action star is still doing this (HGH certainly helps).

Actually Charles Bronson was 72 years old when he made his last Death Wish film (Death Wish V: The Face of Death) in 1994, although his Paul Kersey character wasn’t nearly as physical. One has to wonder if Arnold Schwarzenegger will be tempted to go back into the action arena when he’s done serving as the Governor of California. It has to be easier than his current gig.

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September 1, 2009 - Posted by | And Beyond - Trailers & News | ,

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