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Rambo reboot in the works without Sylvester Stallone

Sylvester Stallone in Rambo

Story by Jack Foley

A REBOOT of Rambo is in the works, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The revival, named Rambo: New Blood, will not feature Sylvester Stallone, who inhabited the iconic character across four films.

Rather, it would find a younger actor take on the role with a view to creating a new franchise. Nu Image/Millennium Films is reportedly planning to create a character akin to James Bond, who can keep being reinvented.

Brooks McLaren, who shot to prominence for his Black Listed post-apocalyptic survival tale How It Ends, is writing the script, with Ariel Vromen – of The Iceman and Criminal, set to direct.

As yet, no plot details have been given as the film remains in the early stages of development.

The Rambo character first emerged in a 1972 novel by David Morrell called First Blood. It was adapted into a hit film in 1982, which starred Stallone as a disaffected Vietnam veteran who becomes embroiled in a war with a non-sympathetic local sheriff.

But whereas the book ended by killing off its central character, the film opted to keep Rambo alive, paving the way for an even more successful sequel, Rambo: First Blood Part 2 in 1985, which saw the character return to Vietnam to rescue POWs and right the perceived wrongs of that war.

It was the second film that turned the Rambo character into an icon, even though it was less of a critical success than the first.

A third film, Rambo III, followed in 1988, which was widely derided for the way in which it attempted to tackle Afghanistan’s war with Russia. But the character remained popular enough for Stallone to dust him off for a fourth time in 2008’s ultra violent Rambo, which took the character to Burma to expose the atrocities being committed there.

Stallone had hinted that a fifth adventure was possible, which may have found Rambo in a more urban environment, but nothing has so far materialised.

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