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Fox developing Rambo: New Blood TV series that follows father and son

12.01.2015

For those of you wondering when Sylvester Stallone's next Rambo adventure would be coming to silver screens, don't hold your breath. Deadline has announced that Fox has just closed a development deal for Rambo: New Blood. This TV series would be executive produced by Sly himself, and would follow the famed warrior and his son, J.R., who happens to be an ex-Navy SEAL. Just how much of the original Rambo would be in this show is up in the air, but here's hoping it's more than a glorified cameo. As of now, Jeb Stuart is attached to write. Given his work on classics such as THE FUGITIVE and DIE HARD, I'd say this series has as good a start as you could give it.

Franchises like RAMBO or THE EXPENDABLES don't exactly scream TV material, but these days shows are able to accomplish what audiences didn't think were possible. Character development, competent action and even some gore is not uncommon in some of today's more popular shows. I'd say that making Stallone's Rambo a main character in this series is key to building a relationship with someone audiences aren't familiar with, and thus actually creating a new character people would want to invest their time into.

How do you feel about a father-son Rambo series?

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9:41AM on 12/02/2015
The idea itself is not the problem. The network is the problem. Rambo needs to be all out brutal action, and airing on Fox won't allow that. A show like this needs to be on Starz, Showtime, or HBO.

But what happened with the movie? That is some big news there. Rumor had it they were about ready to film, and after the success of the last film, I thought for sure Lionsgate would love the idea of another Rambo film.
The idea itself is not the problem. The network is the problem. Rambo needs to be all out brutal action, and airing on Fox won't allow that. A show like this needs to be on Starz, Showtime, or HBO.

But what happened with the movie? That is some big news there. Rumor had it they were about ready to film, and after the success of the last film, I thought for sure Lionsgate would love the idea of another Rambo film.
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9:40AM on 12/02/2015
Fuck Rambo Jr.
Fuck Rambo Jr.
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8:46AM on 12/02/2015
Where Bates Motel and Hannibal worked, this will fail. Rambo is great because there's parts of the character we like not knowing, he's mysterious but will lay his life on the line to do what is right. Not to be seen on weekly adventures like some cheesy A-Team plot.
Where Bates Motel and Hannibal worked, this will fail. Rambo is great because there's parts of the character we like not knowing, he's mysterious but will lay his life on the line to do what is right. Not to be seen on weekly adventures like some cheesy A-Team plot.
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11:57AM on 12/02/2015
I'd argue that HANNIBAL LECTER fits that description too. However: A) The author himself ruined it by writing an origin story. B) The show was based on RED DRAGON, which was actually published before THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS.
I'd argue that HANNIBAL LECTER fits that description too. However: A) The author himself ruined it by writing an origin story. B) The show was based on RED DRAGON, which was actually published before THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS.
7:50AM on 12/02/2015

Only thing wrong here is FOX...

...series like this should be either on STARZ,HBO or Netflix.
...series like this should be either on STARZ,HBO or Netflix.
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11:38PM on 12/01/2015
This is stupid. I agree with many of the previous comments.
1. He's not the type to have children.
2. The last one was a fitting ending to the character.
3. An icon like Rambo on TV? What's next, the Young Indiana Jones Chron...er wait...
4. I like the idea of Rambo's days in 'Nam.
This is stupid. I agree with many of the previous comments.
1. He's not the type to have children.
2. The last one was a fitting ending to the character.
3. An icon like Rambo on TV? What's next, the Young Indiana Jones Chron...er wait...
4. I like the idea of Rambo's days in 'Nam.
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7:39PM on 12/01/2015
Sooo his son's name is JR, which I guess is short for John Rambo... Junior? His son's name is literally JR JR?
Well okay then. (Actually reminds me of John Romita Jr.)
Sooo his son's name is JR, which I guess is short for John Rambo... Junior? His son's name is literally JR JR?
Well okay then. (Actually reminds me of John Romita Jr.)
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7:31PM on 12/01/2015

On fox?

Nope. Just no.
Nope. Just no.
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5:45PM on 12/01/2015
I guess they'll just have to exchange all the blood and gore with exposition and have an actual story. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the series. But it wasn't for the story...So, I guess I'll watch the pilot because it's Rambo, but I would only stay if there were a story.
I guess they'll just have to exchange all the blood and gore with exposition and have an actual story. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the series. But it wasn't for the story...So, I guess I'll watch the pilot because it's Rambo, but I would only stay if there were a story.
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3:33PM on 12/01/2015

Let me guess

...starring Jai Courtney as his son, right?
I'd rather see a show about RAMBO, in Vietnam.
...starring Jai Courtney as his son, right?
I'd rather see a show about RAMBO, in Vietnam.
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3:02PM on 12/01/2015
Rambo isn't exactly the character to have fathered a child.
Rambo isn't exactly the character to have fathered a child.
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6:02PM on 12/01/2015
maybe he had a child with the Asian women from the second movie.
maybe he had a child with the Asian women from the second movie.
7:26PM on 12/01/2015
But she dieded
But she dieded
12:50AM on 12/03/2015
to moonrider. yes she died, but Rambo and her could have got together before she died.
to moonrider. yes she died, but Rambo and her could have got together before she died.
2:33PM on 12/01/2015
This is gonna depend on the believability of the actor they choose to play his son, and how Sly and him interact together. Hopefully it won't just be Sly in cameos every once in a while, but I don't know if they could get him to commit to appearing in every episode. They never even mentioned in the films that he had a son, so I don't know how they will explain this. Maybe the first episode will be Rambo finding out that he has a son. Being on Fox does make me nervous though. They have a bad
This is gonna depend on the believability of the actor they choose to play his son, and how Sly and him interact together. Hopefully it won't just be Sly in cameos every once in a while, but I don't know if they could get him to commit to appearing in every episode. They never even mentioned in the films that he had a son, so I don't know how they will explain this. Maybe the first episode will be Rambo finding out that he has a son. Being on Fox does make me nervous though. They have a bad reputation at cancelling tv shows WAY too early. Examples: Terminator the Sara Connor Chronicles, Alcatraz, Terra Nova just to name a few.
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2:43PM on 12/01/2015
But it's not like those cancellations weren't justified.
But it's not like those cancellations weren't justified.
5:57PM on 12/01/2015
to Vits: I'm not sure of the following of the show's, but to me and all the other people who watched the show's it wasn't justified at all. Happy town, Alcatraz, and Terminator all have over a 7 rating on IMDB. Terra Nova has a 6.8. All these shows except Terminator never even got a second season. I feel companies don't give shows enough of a chance to find their audience before they get the axe. Terminator had a huge following even after it was cancelled, and there was a huge push to try to
to Vits: I'm not sure of the following of the show's, but to me and all the other people who watched the show's it wasn't justified at all. Happy town, Alcatraz, and Terminator all have over a 7 rating on IMDB. Terra Nova has a 6.8. All these shows except Terminator never even got a second season. I feel companies don't give shows enough of a chance to find their audience before they get the axe. Terminator had a huge following even after it was cancelled, and there was a huge push to try to get it put back on the air.
2:00PM on 12/01/2015

This will suck.. broadcast tv... father/son dynamic

If he's not going to do the movie, at least take it to a premium cable channel or a streaming service... and forget about the son shit... just do 10 episodes blow shit up... swear... take care of ISIS or a Mexican cartel, whatever... action... explosions... "Fuck the world".
If he's not going to do the movie, at least take it to a premium cable channel or a streaming service... and forget about the son shit... just do 10 episodes blow shit up... swear... take care of ISIS or a Mexican cartel, whatever... action... explosions... "Fuck the world".
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11:39PM on 12/01/2015
That, I would be totally down for...
That, I would be totally down for...
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1:40PM on 12/01/2015

I don't think the show will butcher the movie (like a lot of adaptations do)...

... because the sequels already did that. What began as a phychological thriller about PTSD with some action in it became a brainless action franchise. Since that's what was more popular, the show will most likely follow the formula and tone of the sequels.

Also, pairing up action icons with their sons rarely works (INDIANA JONES, DIE HARD, etc.).
... because the sequels already did that. What began as a phychological thriller about PTSD with some action in it became a brainless action franchise. Since that's what was more popular, the show will most likely follow the formula and tone of the sequels.

Also, pairing up action icons with their sons rarely works (INDIANA JONES, DIE HARD, etc.).
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7:30PM on 12/01/2015
Honestly... The whole father/son dynamic an work. It is possible. (ie Connery/Ford) And although Ford was already established and so was Sean. The point is if you want it to work, you need an actor who can stand on his own merit and not be in the shadow of the father character. That's the only way it ever works and ever will. Either way... On fox this will be a train wreck. For sure.
Honestly... The whole father/son dynamic an work. It is possible. (ie Connery/Ford) And although Ford was already established and so was Sean. The point is if you want it to work, you need an actor who can stand on his own merit and not be in the shadow of the father character. That's the only way it ever works and ever will. Either way... On fox this will be a train wreck. For sure.
7:33AM on 12/02/2015
I meant INDY with MUTT. HENRY SR. isn't an action icon. Now, the pairing in THE LAST CRUSADE did work because the franchise had always had a lot of comedy (even in TEMPLE OF DOOM). Same with DIE HARD. But RAMBO never had that much comedy (intentionally, at least).
I meant INDY with MUTT. HENRY SR. isn't an action icon. Now, the pairing in THE LAST CRUSADE did work because the franchise had always had a lot of comedy (even in TEMPLE OF DOOM). Same with DIE HARD. But RAMBO never had that much comedy (intentionally, at least).
11:57AM on 12/01/2015
If it's on Fox, it will most likely get canceled after five episodes.
If it's on Fox, it will most likely get canceled after five episodes.
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