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No Monsters In Rambo 5
Sylvester Stallone backtracks

13 November 2009  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: Stallone Zone

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It was always an odd story, but it now appears that Sly Stallone has scrapped his original, slightly sci-fi plans for Rambo V. Those plans, you may recall, involved John Rambo back in the Pacific Northwest, taking a squad into a secret military base to shut down a man-beast supersoldier project gone awry: "an amalgamation of fury and intelligence and pure unadulterated rage from before Man became human," as Stallone put it. It was going to be called The Savage Hunt. There was even a poster!

Well no more, at least not with Rambo. That plotline comes from James Byron Higgins' Hunter: a novel to which Stallone has long held the rights. And it's still happening, according to the big man, who says "that story will be done using another character in the lead". Nathaniel Hunter, the novel's actual protagonist, perhaps? 

So where does that leave Rambo? Back down Mexico way apparently, which was widely reported to be the original plan: a Taken-like rescue mission of a young girl from drug traffickers. "Rambo will be heading over the border to a violent city where many young women have vanished," says Sly now. And, he promises, "there will be blood".

We're actually slightly disappointed that Rambo isn't now headed off in a crazy new direction, but given the worldwide "what-the-hell?!" reaction to the original news, Stallone is probably wise to have re-thought. Hunter now joins a pile of possible future projects to follow The Expendables, alongside Death Wish, Poe and Cliffhanger 2

Shooting on Rambo 5 was originally pencilled in for the spring.


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RE: I assumed that Savage Hunt poster was fake
Pfft UTB, don't you know Rambo 2 was based on real events? More

Posted by Deviation at 01:05 on 16 November 2009 | Report This Post

RE: I assumed that Savage Hunt poster was fake
Thank christ for that. For a moment there Rambo was in danger of becoming unrealistic.  More

Posted by UTB at 00:06 on 16 November 2009 | Report This Post

RE: I assumed that Savage Hunt poster was fake
It's become boring and rubbish again. More

Posted by Deviation at 22:23 on 15 November 2009 | Report This Post

RE: I assumed that Savage Hunt poster was fake
Kind of disappointed. Really thought it could have been great.   Now all thse fucking talkbackers think they've got some fucking say over what gets made. Fuck them. More

Posted by elzupasmonkey at 22:13 on 15 November 2009 | Report This Post

I assumed that Savage Hunt poster was fake
I liked the name. Not the premise though. More

Posted by shanewire at 00:54 on 15 November 2009 | Report This Post

you gotta love 'im!
As has been said earlier, you've gotta hand it to Sly, he recognised what he does best (better than just about anyone if you ask me) and that is full-on action movies that show you just what fun you can have with a bloody big knife and lots and lots of explosives! Seriously though, a few other big hitters from decades gone by could do worse than actually thinking like him. I love him, always have - ever since I first saw Rocky. A career that looked a bit wobbly is now well and truly back on t More

Posted by leroythemasochist at 19:48 on 14 November 2009 | Report This Post

Giev the man his due
You have to say he really has pulled his careeer outta tha shitter More

Posted by boristhespie at 17:50 on 13 November 2009 | Report This Post

Aw shame.
It couldn't be as dull as Rambo IV (well maybe it could actually, Hunter sounds a bit Universal Soldier,mmm?). In projects on Stallone's To-Do List how about a sequel to his 'runaway hit comedy' Oscar. The world's dying for that one. More

Posted by Taz69 at 11:55 on 13 November 2009 | Report This Post

Thank you for coming to your sense, but...
... don't do the Mexico thing. Take Rambo back to his 'First Blood' roots, for goodness sake. Anyone can see that this is the way to go! More

Posted by andyswright at 11:04 on 13 November 2009 | Report This Post

Thank fuck for that. More

Posted by dugfinger at 10:35 on 13 November 2009 | Report This Post

The Expendables Part II: The Savage Hunt
That Savage Hunt story could work as an Expendables sequel with them getting wiped out one by one like Arnie's team in Predator. Could be an entertaining flick. More

Posted by BenTramer at 10:08 on 13 November 2009 | Report This Post

Daniel 2:28 - 'There is a God in heaven'. Obviously an Old Testament prophecy about sly stallone coming to his senses!........Although I'm also slightly dissapointed. More

Posted by Matthew Field at 09:56 on 13 November 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Thank God indeed!
Am I the only one disappointed by this? We all know Rambo can kill any man. A rescue mission to rescue a kidnapped daughter sounds shite, and has been done a trillion time before.... More

Posted by CORLEONE at 09:26 on 13 November 2009 | Report This Post

Thank God indeed!
I remember the first time I read that there would be a monster/man-beast in the next Rambo movie. I was like, WTF are you thinking Stallone? Thank god he came to his senses and decided to take a other path with the new movie. And listening to the fans! Things are looking much brighter for Rambo right now! More

Posted by Mat1az at 08:51 on 13 November 2009 | Report This Post

Thank God!
I'm glad he's changed it and listened to the fans, the plotline just didn't fit Rambo at all, doing it with an original character is the best idea to go. Concerning the Mexico plotline, he has to be careful not to be too much like Taken, otherwise it's just going to be boring as we would have seen it all before. More

Posted by Bond at 07:38 on 13 November 2009 | Report This Post

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