Despite the fact that Rambo V seemed to be in the early stages of development over the past year (with some potentially strange plot ideas being discussed), just a couple of weeks ago Sylvester Stallone came out and said that he was “99% sure” that another Rambo movie would not actually come to fruition. He told Empire Magazine that he thought another sequel might be “misinterpreted as a mercenary gesture” and that he didn’t want to cheapen the franchise. According to him, there will be a new extended cut of Rambo, and nothing else. Assuming that is the case, though, then why is Rambo V still being actively promoted at the Cannes Film Festival and looking for financing?
Coincidentally, Harry at Ain’t It Cool News recently got a phone call from Stallone (you know, just to chat), and he decided to ask him what was going on with Rambo V. Apparently he had no idea that Millennium Films were shopping it around at Cannes, but he is still adamant that he will not be involved in a fifth installment. However, here’s where it gets a bit sketchy: Stallone also says that he was told that if he didn’t agree to do another Rambo film, that someone else would. While that may have just been an empty threat, who knows… much crazier things have happened in Hollywood lately. Would a studio really greenlight a Rambo film with someone else in the lead role? A prequel or reboot with a younger John Rambo perhaps? It may sound foolish, but I think we all know it’s not that far-fetched. Do you think this might actually come to pass? And would you pay to see a Rambo movie that Stallone was not involved in?