Rambo dead says Stallone, Expendables sequel coming
It's surprising that Sylvester Stallone is saying that Rambo is finished considering that not so long ago we were hearing that there was going to be another film, and even the Weinstein's were talking about Rambo returning to the U.S. and getting involved in something that would take him across the Mexican border.
Well, that was after the rather strange and poorly chosen plot of Rambo chasing after some creature in the middle of nowhere, a plot far too much like Predator and nothing like Rambo. So after all that, why the sudden turn around?
It was 22nd of October 2007 that we first heard about the negotiations around a Rambo V, some time before the fourth Rambo was released, and then there was talk of Rambo heading to a religious cult to try and save his daughter who had been kidnapped by them.
Come September 2009 he was saying that Rambo and a team of Black Ops soldiers were going to be sent into a remote place to find and secure, or kill, a specially genetically engineered soldier. A human made to be faster, stronger and more of a killing machine than even Rambo has become.
Frankly that sounded rubbish, and it wasn't long before the story was changed. However it wasn't changed for the better, it became much, much worse.
Here's a quote from a slightly later story about the new Rambo:
John Rambo could track anyone – or anything – on Earth. Now the military desperately needs him for a mission that his ultra-sensitive instincts tell him he should refuse. A beast is loose somewhere north of the Arctic Circle. It has already decimated a squad of elite Military Guards, and the raging creature is headed south towards civilisation, 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 tea 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 a man's cunning, a predator's savageness, and a prehistoric power that has transcended the ages. Even if Rambo and Beau survive it's unrelenting hunger for human blood, they'll still have to confront the grim reality that it may have grown immortal.
As interesting as that story for Rambo V: The Savage Hunt may sound, it just wasn't a Rambo story, not in the slightest. So later that month, when the whole monster plot was lost, we rejoiced, Rambo was coming back yet again and they had a good plot.
What we heard then, and again from Stallone, was that the next Rambo would be about:
I’m letting you know that Rambo has changed course and the story about hunting the man/beast will be done using another character in the lead. RAMBO himself will be heading over the border to a violent city where many young women have vanished...
So it came full circle and we seemed to be back to the start of the story and the first plot, well kind of. So why is it dead now?
”I think Rambo's pretty well done. I don't think there'll be any more. I'm about 99 per cent sure.”
Well there's still a one percent I guess, that could still mean we could see the hero come out of retirement. Except we have a new hero from Stallone, and one that includes a superb cast and the opportunity in the future of maybe seeing a bit more from his fellow action heroes of the time. The Expendables.
”We are very serious... we're already working on an [Expendables] sequel.”
I hate to say it, but that's what was being said after the last Rambo, and look how long that took us to hear it wasn't going to happen.
I'd hold on and wait a little to see how the film pans out over time and where the talk of the sequel really goes to.
From what I've seen of The Expendables I think I'd be keen to see a sequel, but I'd prefer to see this one first, and really? There's plenty scope for another Rambo, Stallone proved that himself with the last film.