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Stallone Says Rambo V Won't Happen
Excl: Director says he's '99% sure'

01 May 2010  |  Written by Chris Hewitt  

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For a while now, there have been all sorts of rumours about Rambo V. It’s a sci-fi. No, it’s a straight-up Rambo flick, where Sylvester Stallone’s one-man army takes on all-comers and shoots them into the middle of next week. No, it’s this. No, it’s that.

So, when we spoke to Stallone exclusively for our cover feature on The Expendables, we took the time to ask him for the definitive take on the fifth big-screen adventure of the taciturn warrior, and discovered that it’s none of the above.

In fact, it’s not going to happen at all.

“I think Rambo’s pretty well done. I don’t think there’ll be any more. I’m about 99% sure,” said Stallone, which comes as something of a surprise. After all, Rambo V was considered to be something of an inevitability after the last movie, the ultra-violent Rambo, made $113 million worldwide in 2008. But The Expendables has made Sly think long and hard about his future; and Rambo doesn’t feature in it.

“I was going to do it,” he said. “I said I’d never talk about this, but with I feel that with Rocky Balboa, that character came complete circle. He went home. But for Rambo to go on another adventure might be, I think, misinterpreted as a mercenary gesture and not necessary. I don’t want that to happen.

“I’m very happy with the last Burmese episode, because I didn’t pull any punches on it,” he continued. “I wanted it to be what civil war really is – rough. You can’t candy coat it, and where do you go from there? So that’s [Rambo V] going to go.”

Stallone’s not done with Rambo completely, though. He told Empire that he’s at work on a director’s cut of Rambo which will restore twelve minutes to the movie, including a surprising outburst of loquaciousness for the mumbling man of action at the movie’s beginning.

“He does a speech at the beginning of the movie to Julie Benz where he lays out why his life has been a complete disappointment and why war is natural and peace is an accident,” added Stallone. “And how he just feels that his life has been a waste. It’s very important to hear that and I didn’t think so at the time. I’m going to go back and put in some stuff.”

For more from Stallone on The Expendables, pick up the new issue of Empire, which is on sale now.
 


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RE: Stallone Says Rambo V Won't Happen
Ha it's probably for the best. More

Posted by TheSpleen at 20:41 on 19 May 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Stallone Says Rambo V Won't Happen
Not in the mood to do more bone-breakin' stunts following The Expendables, huh, Sly?   More

Posted by Kazuya at 09:27 on 18 May 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Stallone Says Rambo V Won't Happen
The ending of the last one SPOILERS ******* When John Rambo is home again seemed appropriate, besides I think Stallone can only takes so many vertebrae's being fused, ripped ligaments and tendons, general body boo's boo's that a 60 + year old should not have to endure, not to mention too much creatine. More

Posted by JoeyPottr at 08:05 on 18 May 2010 | Report This Post

RE: RAMBO 5... AGAIN?!
Isn't that poster pose straight from Rambo 4? You know, after the final scene... looks very similar. And why would there be posters in Cannes in the first place if the production hasn't even started... silly. I would welcome yet one entry to the franchise gladly, since 4th one really was excellent, beyond all expectations. Stallone really knows his character, and wrote perfect script for Rambo 4. And his direction was perfik too, action-wise. If there'd be fifth one, it would be incredibly More

Posted by jimcenzo at 01:20 on 16 May 2010 | Report This Post

RAMBO 5... AGAIN?!
www.aintitcool.com/node/45069color=#000066]goodness sake! I love ya Sly, really. But make your mind up! I hope this is just waffle anyway - like I've said before, RAMBO V, not necessary! r] More

Posted by Snake-Eyes at 18:50 on 13 May 2010 | Report This Post

Not so much more action for Stallone
I think that Sly, after all he's injuries during The Expendables, is starting to feel the limits of his body. Even though he's in amazing shape, his body won't be able to pull of crazy stunts without taking critical damage. More

Posted by Mat1az at 13:03 on 03 May 2010 | Report This Post

Not so much more action for Stallone
I think that Sly, after all he's injuries during The Expendables, is starting to feel the limits of his body. Even though he's in amazing shape, his body won't be able to pull of crazy stunts without taking critical damage. More

Posted by Mat1az at 10:43 on 03 May 2010 | Report This Post

I'll Be Back!
P.S. How many times has Sly said Rocky and Rambo were finished only to bring them back yet again? The only time we can say they won't be back is when Sly croaks. More

Posted by BenTramer at 13:50 on 02 May 2010 | Report This Post

"I Can't Find Your Legs!"
I've seen the speech Rambo gives that was cut from the film on the extras of the DVD and it's excellent. It should have been included in the final film. It's almost as if Stallone was ashamed of the good piece of writing he'd done and took it out so it wouldn't get in the way of the wham-bams.  I think Sly ditched the Rambo sequel because he seems to have created a new franchise for himself with "The Expendables" and doesn't need Ol' Rambo anymore, plus, Sly got seriously injured working o More

Posted by BenTramer at 13:42 on 02 May 2010 | Report This Post

RE: GOD HELP US ALL!!!!
the new movie will never be a hit as the old ones now the story will look stupid More

Posted by martin b at 13:01 on 02 May 2010 | Report This Post

GOD HELP US ALL!!!!
This means that somewhere in Hollywood there is a script that says the son/daughter John Rambo stands alone in the jungle as the super mutated part man part animal crouches ready to attack. and a script that says John Rambo U.N rep fought off the terrorist no knowing it was his son from the second film. And monkey in a suit is signing a cheque to put it into production, We will just change the names it'll be fine. STOP NOW!!, DO NOT DO IT!! VIN DEISIL DOES NOT NEED THE WORK!! More

Posted by icedude at 12:11 on 02 May 2010 | Report This Post

Happy with Rambo's ending.
It was a very good way to end the film and I'm glad that they have chosen not to do another. More

Posted by Rico rodrigeuz at 10:29 on 02 May 2010 | Report This Post

Rambo IV ended brilliantly...
...but part of me still wishes we'd seen a version of the script that was floating around in the 90's. Where Rambo infiltrated an American Militia group and came face to face with Brian Dennehy's sheriff from First Blood. Now that would have been full circle! That said, I'm glad he finished it the way he did. Peacefully. More

Posted by wgfuzzydunlop1 at 05:07 on 02 May 2010 | Report This Post

Rambo V...
...should be more a drama, rather than an action flick, where Stallone gets to work his acting chops. I would love to see how this character that has experienced such extremes, settles back into society in a small town. Psycho 2 did this quite effectively with Norman Bates. More

Posted by El-Branden Brazil at 01:29 on 02 May 2010 | Report This Post

Rambo V
I did not hate the fourth film but do not think there's anywhere to go after it and I am still not convinced that this is the end of Rambo. Hopefully it is because the fourth ending was pretty definative. More

Posted by JJB888 at 00:38 on 02 May 2010 | Report This Post

99% sure...
...so there's still a chance then...? More

Posted by bradthunder at 00:24 on 02 May 2010 | Report This Post

RE: RAMBO V
Whilst i agree that Rambo 4 was the most satisfactory ending a fan could hope for, and adding to it would just screw things around, i still can't help but feel let down.  More

Posted by Bizz90 at 22:30 on 01 May 2010 | Report This Post

RAMBO V
Arial"]Excellent news. Just as Stallone completed the journey of Rocky Balboa in a satisfying and sensible manner so too did he finish the story of John Rambo; I had goose-pimples when I saw that last shot of him walking the 'long road' and finally coming home. Obviously THE EXPENDABLES has franchise potential but Sly is talented enough to pursue different projects as well. r] More

Posted by Snake-Eyes at 22:19 on 01 May 2010 | Report This Post

RAMBO V
The character of John Rambo should be left alone! Leave him where Rambo IV ended. John Rambo goes back home after Who KNOWS how many years!! Mr. Stallone is right at not making anymore Rambo movies. Let John Rambo Have peace in his life after YEARS of Fighting, Blood, Guts, Horror and Running! John Rambo should live out the remaining years on his father's farm...in Peace!!! More

Posted by EmmaBarbara at 21:13 on 01 May 2010 | Report This Post

Had Stallone's career not had the slump it did in the Nineties and early Noughties, he probably would've never revisited Rambo. Above all else, Stallone's a considerable writing talent and he used one of the most famous character's in his arsenal to give his career the necessary boost. Having now got the required momentum and obviously happy with the way The Expendibles has turned out, he sees no need to go back to the Well. More

Posted by Cameron1975Williams at 21:13 on 01 May 2010 | Report This Post

Had Stallone's career not had the slump it did in the Nineties and early Noughties, he probably would've never revisited Rambo. Above all else, Stallone's a considerable writing talent and he used one of the most famous character's in his arsenal to give his career the necessary boost. Having now got the required momentum and obviously happy with the way The Expendibles has turned out, he sees no need to go back to the Well. More

Posted by Cameron1975Williams at 21:05 on 01 May 2010 | Report This Post

Typical Stallone spin...
I like Stallone's movies, but he is such a whore! He has no shame. The only reason he resurrected Rambo and Rocky was because his "future" was in the toilet. He's kept the idea of Rambo V alive for a while now and just happens to turn full circle as the publicity for The Expendables goes up a gear? Give me a break. He's so confident about his new movie, he thinks he's safe to be all honourable about his last one. I'm truly sorry to be cynical. It really isn't like me! But he used to More

Posted by Najemikon at 21:00 on 01 May 2010 | Report This Post

RE: i diagree
On the one hand it's a pity, I'd love to see more of the old style 80's violence. That said I think Rambo ended with as near as that character could concievably get to a resolution. He's no Rocky. Probably best to end it then. On to The Expendables! More

Posted by The Todge at 20:43 on 01 May 2010 | Report This Post

RE: i diagree
I think hes right not to do another. Rocky Balboa finished off rocky, and I would like to think Rambo finished off the Rambo series. Films like The Expendables and maybe another Cop Land esque film is where Stallone should be going now. More

Posted by MarcE at 20:33 on 01 May 2010 | Report This Post

i diagree
I think he should do one more rambo movie involving maybe the sci fi or horror element. More

Posted by anakin solo at 20:16 on 01 May 2010 | Report This Post

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