While Sylvester Stallone resurrected the Rambo franchise in 2008 with a new film, movement on a fifth Rambo feature has been fairly slow. Stallone has teased that the next feature would either be in the vein of Unforgiven or a “passing of the torch” to a new lead character, but now it appears that Rambo might live on in a different medium. THR reports that Entertainment One and Nu Image are developing a TV series iteration of Rambo, and Stallone is currently in negotiations to be involved with the project “on a creative level.” Moreover, Stallone might potentially star in the show in a reprisal of his Rambo role. Hit the jump for more.
[Update: Stallone's reps have reached out to strongly deny that the actor would be involved with the TV series. Read the full comment after the jump.]
Update: Here’s what Stallone’s reps told THR about the prospect of him appearing in the Rambo TV series:
“While a television series based on the Rambo property is in development with Entertainment One and Nu Image, contrary to reports, Sylvester Stallone will certainly not reprise his role as the iconic John Rambo for the small screen.”
It’s early days, but per THR’s report it sounds like a TV series is the route that Entertainment One and Nu Image have decided to take instead of another Rambo movie. The series will be developed by the two studios and then shopped to broadcasters in the U.S. and internationally, but no timetable is given. The Rambo character first appeared onscreen in 1982’s First Blood, which was followed by three subsequent sequels.
If Stallone does reprise his Rambo role, it’s tough to imagine the actor settling into a regular TV gig. What’s more likely is that Stallone’s Rambo will be a recurring character on the series, which would focus on a different lead. No details are given as to the plans of the show, and there’s still the issue of working out Stallone’s contract to be involved with the series in the first place. The actor is currently filming The Expendables 3, and he’ll next be seen in theaters opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger in next month’s Escape Plan.