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Stallone Ponders Rambo Prequel
Rambo 5 dead, but Rambo 0...?

30 July 2010  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: Ain't it Cool

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Back in May he told Empire he was 99% sure there would never be a Rambo 5. But that remaining percentage point is still rattling around that testosteroney mind: Sylvester Stallone has hinted that he might just be interested in a Rambo prequel.

The fifth film was originally intended as a south-of-the-border kidnap thriller. Then it was went weirdly sci-fi, then back to its original form. And then it became nothing. "The character came full circle [in the fourth film]; he went home," Sly told us. "For Rambo to go on another adventure might be misinterpreted as a mercenary gesture and not necessary."

But as part of his week-long fan q&a at Ain't It Cool to publicise The Expendables, Sly was asked about going backwards rather than forwards with the franchise.

"I certainly think this is worth pondering," was his response. "It's intriguing to find the whys and wherefores of how peope have become what they are. The traumas, the loss and the tragedy of being in Vietnam would certainly be a great challenge for a young actor, and it would be ironic that Rambo directs younger Rambo having played it for twenty years plus..."

Just musing then, but it's certainly intriguing to speculate that David Morrell's original, leaner First Blood John Rambo may one day resurface. Somewhere down the line, when, Eastwood-like, Stallone has fully retired from in front of the camera to a permanent seat behind it, re-cast, re-tooled and re-booted, Rambo may yet return...

The Expendables is out on August 19th.


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Dustin Hoffmann was originally cast...
Seriously... he said "I was the first one to be asked to do 'Rambo', but it was a little too much violence." That i would of paid to see More

Posted by reinhardt76 at 22:51 on 01 August 2010 | Report This Post

love to see it
and I also can't wait to see Expendables. My reasons are: Cuz it'll be cool to see some real action heroes again. and to get rid of that bloody A team shite. More

Posted by leroythemasochist at 19:24 on 01 August 2010 | Report This Post

You just don't turn it off!
Sly is John Rambo....no one else could play him! More

Posted by Barneyross1 at 18:34 on 01 August 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Stallone Ponders Rambo Prequel
Wouldn't a prequel of Rambo just be a Vietnam film! I think it could end up looking like Rambo 2 if not done properly. More

Posted by MarcE at 17:11 on 01 August 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Stallone Ponders Rambo Prequel
Ah Prequels....Never fond of "em. But in this case it would sound logical. Rambo is one of the monumental movie characters. And the last film, while overly violent and rather straight forward action stuff, was a nice little film. The character of Rambo surfaced in First Blood, after having fought in Vietnam. Psychologically there could be something to explore. Trauma's, losses, missed opportunities etcetera. The only problem is: can Sly make it into a movie like that? And it can't More

Posted by BobM70 at 15:06 on 31 July 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Stallone Ponders Rambo Prequel
L: Invader_Ace This film would be a mistake.  Do not do it. How are you going to go back to Vietnam in any sort of serious drama capacity and satisfy fans of the later action hero style Rambo?  How are you going to satisfy the fans of action hero Rambo, without pissing on the messed up drama style Rambo who breaks down in tears in First Blood? Simple...Make a film that serves itself, not expectations... Have a story that incorporates 1) Basic, naive gung-ho unit arr More

Posted by jobloffski at 11:38 on 31 July 2010 | Report This Post

But who would play Trautman? Hopefully not Sly... More

Posted by Marcus Aurelius at 21:05 on 30 July 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Stallone Ponders Rambo Prequel
This film would be a mistake.  Do not do it. How are you going to go back to Vietnam in any sort of serious drama capacity and satisfy fans of the later action hero style Rambo?  How are you going to satisfy the fans of action hero Rambo, without pissing on the messed up drama style Rambo who breaks down in tears in First Blood? More

Posted by Invader_Ace at 18:08 on 30 July 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Stallone Ponders Rambo Prequel
L: BikerScout Get Milo Ventimiglia to beef up and grow a mullet. Casting solved. You're welcome. sp; I think that's a great shout More

Posted by theieuan at 13:25 on 30 July 2010 | Report This Post

RE: WHY?!
Yep, I agree - Ventigimilia on steroids is the way forward.  I've said so numerous times in previous threads about him being a young Rambo. We could get to see Rambo's elite group mentioned in First Blood and possibly his capture, torture and escaape from the camp featured in Part 2. I'm normally not so big on prequels but I'd like to see this.     More

Posted by LEEJGM at 13:03 on 30 July 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Stallone Ponders Rambo Prequel
Get Milo Ventimiglia to beef up and grow a mullet. Casting solved. You're welcome. More

Posted by BikerScout at 11:33 on 30 July 2010 | Report This Post

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