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RAMBO TV Series in the Works; Stallone Involved on a “Creative Level”

Posted on August 22, 2013 at 1:03 am by David "Snackbar" Edmundson


Aside from Rocky Balboa, Rambo is definitely Sylvester Stallone’s most famous role. Stallone brought back the troubled veteran with 2008’s Rambo, but progress on a fifth Rambo film has been slow at best. Understandably Stallone has been pretty busy spearheading the Expendables franchise, but he has dropped little tidbits of information like the next feature would either be in the vein of Unforgiven or a “passing of the torch” to a new lead character. THR though is reporting that John Rambo’s next adventure may take place on the small screen, as Entertainment One and Nu Image are developing a TV series iteration of Rambo, and that Stallone will be involved at a “creative level”. Stallone also might reprise his role for the series.

It’s incredibly early in the process so nothing is concrete now, but it sounds like a TV series is the route that Entertainment One and Nu Image have decided to take instead of another Rambo movie.  The series will be developed by the two studios and then shopped to broadcasters in the U.S. and internationally, but no timetable is given.  The Rambo character first appeared onscreen in 1982’s First Blood, which was followed by three subsequent sequels.

A couple years ago it would be inconceivable for an iconic film star like Stallone to schlepp it on the boob tube, but nowadays it seems like TV is where it’s at for actors to extend their careers. Add to that the number of high profile directors who are making the switch in light of medium range film budgets drying up on the big screen. Of course it’s also possible for Stallone to show up in the pilot and pass the torch to a new lead, or to be a mentor character that appears sporadically to dispense guidance to a protege. The actor is currently filming The Expendables 3, and he’ll next be seen in theaters opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger in next month’s Escape Plan.

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