RAMBO TV Series in the Works [UPDATED]

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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.

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  • GunzOfNavarone

    FFS. When will they stop doing this to good movies. The Transporter series was crap, The Beverly Hills Cop series was crap, Terminator The Sarah Connor Chronicles was ok until John Connor started developing feelings for a terminator, and now this.

  • carl napolitano

    Can’t be done on regular Tv has to be, a AMC or HBo or Starz (although straz kinda sucks, just ask Magic City fans). It could be good, but why do a tv show?!?!? makes no sense. and if they do, do it, for goodness sakes, dont do the adventure a week type series, make it a ongoing story, for f-cks sake!

  • John Rambo

    The Rambo movies are badass, I want to see more! If it does become a TV series, I agree it needs to be on a network that can show the violence, and Stallone needs to be Rambo.

  • Al Conyado

    I honestly feel that John Rambo (or Stallone’s version of the character) should permanently retire from film and move over to videogames. I’m not trying to be a dick but I feel that’s where this character belongs and where he’ll flourish and grow and be accepted by a new generation, right now he’s just trying/ struggeling to remain and stay relevant.

    Anyway, that’s just my two cents. The tv series idea is bad btw.

    • Jamesy

      Rambo seems like the perfect character for video games, but if he was to make a move to tv it would for sure have to be HBO or the likes just for the sheer amount of violence. I would be fine with another Rambo movie.

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  • RiddleThemThis

    This idea sounds ridiculous… but I would love to see him return to Vietnam to take some more pictures.

  • Alboone

    I just can’t buy it. The character went out on a high note in the last movie. If anything reboot the franchise or continue the adventures in a video game format. Stallone at this point is just trolling for dollars. he’s screwing his brand by these brain dead expendable trash flicks. Kind of sad to see.

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