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Sylvester Stallone in talks to bring Rambo back for the small screen

Aug. 21, 2013by: Paul Shirey

Looks like RAMBO is headed back to the screen! Well, the small screen that is. THR is reporting that "Entertainment One has inked a co-development pact with Avi Lerner's Nu Image to develop and produce a TV series based on the Rambo property" with Sylvester Stallone in talks to join the project on a "creative level" and may potentially reprise the role of the headbanded hero. eOne and Nu Image plan to develop the series and shop to networks.

Stallone starred in four RAMBO films, starting with 1982's FIRST BLOOD, then 1985's RAMBO: FIRST BLOOD PART II, followed by RAMBO III in 1988, and most recently in 2008's RAMBO. As a child of that generation, RAMBO was firmly rooted in my upbringing, complete with the cheesy animated series and action figures. I personally love all the films in the series with the most recent being a terrific return to form for the character (and bloodiest). I've always felt that there was more potential for the character, especially after he "returned home" in the last film.

It's a tough game adapting an '80's series for TV, however, as most recently learned by the BEVERLY HILLS COP TV show, which failed to get picked up and is still languishing on the shelves, even with the original star's involvement. Stallone could easily add some clout, though, as he's still a box office draw, unlike Eddie Murphy. Some may scoff at the idea of a RAMBO TV show, saying it would be too tame, but I think we've surpassed that way of thinking given the level of quality in many of the scripted programs out there.

What do you think? Is RAMBO ripe for television?

Enjoy some RAMBO carnage while you ponder it...

Extra Tidbit: Hearing the Jerry Goldsmith score from the Rambo films inspires instant action hero courage. Play it before a big speech, workout, or planned breakup with someone. It can be a lifesaver.

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1:29PM on 08/21/2013

Come on Sly! Give us Rambo V

Fans like myself have been waiting and wanting to see another Rambo adventure on the big screen. What made the fourth film work was that it pitted John Rambo against a truly insidious villain and was gritty and raw. You couldn't bring Rambo to TV without losing the very qualities that make this franchise compelling. And why take this beloved film franchise to the small screen and risk tarnishing the brand when Rambo V is something the fans want? Come on, Sly! You made Rambo relevant and
Fans like myself have been waiting and wanting to see another Rambo adventure on the big screen. What made the fourth film work was that it pitted John Rambo against a truly insidious villain and was gritty and raw. You couldn't bring Rambo to TV without losing the very qualities that make this franchise compelling. And why take this beloved film franchise to the small screen and risk tarnishing the brand when Rambo V is something the fans want? Come on, Sly! You made Rambo relevant and cool again. Bring John back in a style that honors what came before. Go big screen or go home!
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4:14PM on 08/21/2013
Have you seen the tv shows of today... Spartacus...Games of Thrones ...Walking Dead etc etc...there's no need this series needs to be tame...and by Jupiter's c*ck...if done anything like Spartacus...Rambo the tv series...could be great (though Rambo was a brilliant way to end it for me - loved the final scene). It's a loooooooooooong road, when you're on your ownnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn :o)
Have you seen the tv shows of today... Spartacus...Games of Thrones ...Walking Dead etc etc...there's no need this series needs to be tame...and by Jupiter's c*ck...if done anything like Spartacus...Rambo the tv series...could be great (though Rambo was a brilliant way to end it for me - loved the final scene). It's a loooooooooooong road, when you're on your ownnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn :o)
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12:49PM on 08/21/2013
I thought the ending of the last movie was near perfect for the character. His story came full circle. As a huge Rambo fan I don't see anything good about this. Plus, Sly is Rambo. I don't want to see the character possibly be recast.
I thought the ending of the last movie was near perfect for the character. His story came full circle. As a huge Rambo fan I don't see anything good about this. Plus, Sly is Rambo. I don't want to see the character possibly be recast.
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7:17PM on 08/21/2013
I love all the Rambo films especially the last one. Stallone is so passionate about this character that I will have to give him the benefit of the doubt here. I don't think he'd do it if it wasn't going to be good.
I love all the Rambo films especially the last one. Stallone is so passionate about this character that I will have to give him the benefit of the doubt here. I don't think he'd do it if it wasn't going to be good.
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3:53PM on 08/21/2013
The format of this show shouldn't be a villain - of - the - week sort of thing. That would be too campy. Instead, each episode in a season should be a piece of a larger story.
The format of this show shouldn't be a villain - of - the - week sort of thing. That would be too campy. Instead, each episode in a season should be a piece of a larger story.
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1:17PM on 08/21/2013
I agree with the Soloist,. let Rambo and Rocky go. Both franchises ended on incredible films that were very fitting to end once and for all. Leave it be.
I agree with the Soloist,. let Rambo and Rocky go. Both franchises ended on incredible films that were very fitting to end once and for all. Leave it be.
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12:57PM on 08/21/2013

If they do it like Sherlock..

Do three episodes for each season...like in SHERLOCK..and do it bloody like Game of Thrones...do that and it can be successful! And Cast SLy or somebody who does look like him when he was younger and is also ripped!
Do three episodes for each season...like in SHERLOCK..and do it bloody like Game of Thrones...do that and it can be successful! And Cast SLy or somebody who does look like him when he was younger and is also ripped!
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12:09PM on 08/21/2013
I know movie-to-TV adaptations can be done (see Hannibal), but I just don't see Rambo being a sustainable property for a TV series.
I know movie-to-TV adaptations can be done (see Hannibal), but I just don't see Rambo being a sustainable property for a TV series.
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3:53PM on 08/21/2013

Nope

HBO would be one thing but I see this coming from some shitty channel like the CW, having some pretty boy play Rambo and afraid to get his hair messy.
HBO would be one thing but I see this coming from some shitty channel like the CW, having some pretty boy play Rambo and afraid to get his hair messy.
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2:06PM on 08/21/2013

why not

If this went to HBO or Showtime you could do whatever you want. Blood, violence etc. I could see this being centered around Rambo working with a group of vets of our recent wars. If it has great writing it could be really good. Let's not forget the original is a very serious drama with some action in it. The sequels became the action filled films we now associate with the character. At it's heart Rambo is still about a young veteran coping with PTSD and just trying to get home and find
If this went to HBO or Showtime you could do whatever you want. Blood, violence etc. I could see this being centered around Rambo working with a group of vets of our recent wars. If it has great writing it could be really good. Let's not forget the original is a very serious drama with some action in it. The sequels became the action filled films we now associate with the character. At it's heart Rambo is still about a young veteran coping with PTSD and just trying to get home and find what's left of his life.
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1:19PM on 08/21/2013

as long as Stallone is playing him, I'm down

if not, then who cares?
if not, then who cares?
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1:13PM on 08/21/2013
Stallone should really let go of Rocky and Rambo already and do other films that don't revolve around those characters. It's been enough already.
Stallone should really let go of Rocky and Rambo already and do other films that don't revolve around those characters. It's been enough already.
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1:15PM on 08/21/2013
And the last 2 entries of both franchises were great endings. I agree... leave it alone.
And the last 2 entries of both franchises were great endings. I agree... leave it alone.
12:44PM on 08/21/2013
I usually love to see a continuation of iconic characters such as Robocop's TV series, cartoons and so on. However, with Rambo, I feel "Rambo 4" ends the adventure of Rambo on a high note. It's a nice closed chapter for the character.
I usually love to see a continuation of iconic characters such as Robocop's TV series, cartoons and so on. However, with Rambo, I feel "Rambo 4" ends the adventure of Rambo on a high note. It's a nice closed chapter for the character.
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12:29PM on 08/21/2013
Stallone was a very big part of what made Rambo so iconic. I can't quite imagine someone else trying to fill his shoes because he's so indelibly linked to the part. It will most likely come off as a Stallone impression.
Stallone was a very big part of what made Rambo so iconic. I can't quite imagine someone else trying to fill his shoes because he's so indelibly linked to the part. It will most likely come off as a Stallone impression.
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10:20PM on 08/21/2013
hmm I don't know. this could be good with Stallones involvement, or it could be bad. It's hard to say. What would the show be about? I'll definitely give it a watch if Stallone is involved though.
hmm I don't know. this could be good with Stallones involvement, or it could be bad. It's hard to say. What would the show be about? I'll definitely give it a watch if Stallone is involved though.
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5:04PM on 08/21/2013

Please no!

Maybe one more movie but no series please, i always wanted to see a prequel to how his team gets killed and how he gets to be the man he was in the first Rambo but that is a missed call, so now i' m still interested in seeing a fifth only smaller like the first one, more personal maybe, with him working with his father on the farm and some people want to buy his land and property for something and his father doesnt want to sell( i know not veryoriginal) rambo then for most of the ilm remains
Maybe one more movie but no series please, i always wanted to see a prequel to how his team gets killed and how he gets to be the man he was in the first Rambo but that is a missed call, so now i' m still interested in seeing a fifth only smaller like the first one, more personal maybe, with him working with his father on the farm and some people want to buy his land and property for something and his father doesnt want to sell( i know not veryoriginal) rambo then for most of the ilm remains calm even after numerous threats and ' accidents' but when they injure his father he snaps and goes on a killing spree again.
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4:30PM on 08/21/2013
Rambo went home. His story is over.
Rambo went home. His story is over.
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1:29PM on 08/21/2013
I'm not sure how well this would work. I mean if it were brough to a channel like HBO/Showtime/Starz, or even FX they could easily create it in the same spirit of the movies. But given the ending of Rambo, not sure how this would work? The only idea I could come up with is that Rambo now leads a team of people who overthrow governments for the CIA or something. That way they can have a younger person in the lead and leave the door open for Stallone to make guest appearances. But that also
I'm not sure how well this would work. I mean if it were brough to a channel like HBO/Showtime/Starz, or even FX they could easily create it in the same spirit of the movies. But given the ending of Rambo, not sure how this would work? The only idea I could come up with is that Rambo now leads a team of people who overthrow governments for the CIA or something. That way they can have a younger person in the lead and leave the door open for Stallone to make guest appearances. But that also sounds like a super lame plot thread for a Rambo story.
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12:39PM on 08/21/2013
Recast Rambo, set it between 3 and 4, and put it on HBO/Showtime/Starz and it could be a good series
Recast Rambo, set it between 3 and 4, and put it on HBO/Showtime/Starz and it could be a good series
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12:16PM on 08/21/2013
I would be more excited to see another film, personally. But I would still check out a Rambo tv series.
I would be more excited to see another film, personally. But I would still check out a Rambo tv series.
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8:37AM on 08/24/2013

This could absolutely work.

Rambo comes home, still dealing with his anti social personality, and all the PTSD that he has never dealt with, and gets wrapped up in Drug cartel problems on the Arizona/Mexico border. But, as someone else said, it should be a season long (10-13 episodes) adventure, not a bad guy of the week. Justified started out as the bad guy of the week, and was kinda weak (see what I did there?)., but ever since it changed to season long stories with a few one offs thrown in, it has been excellent.
Rambo comes home, still dealing with his anti social personality, and all the PTSD that he has never dealt with, and gets wrapped up in Drug cartel problems on the Arizona/Mexico border. But, as someone else said, it should be a season long (10-13 episodes) adventure, not a bad guy of the week. Justified started out as the bad guy of the week, and was kinda weak (see what I did there?)., but ever since it changed to season long stories with a few one offs thrown in, it has been excellent. And this should definitely be on a cable channel like Starz or Showtime. No network is going to let Rambo get down and dirty like he sometimes needs to.
NOW MAKE A PUNISHER SERIES ALREADY!!!
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12:22AM on 08/22/2013

The Rambo property is valid

The story of John Rambo, and returning soldiers with issues, is incredibly valid right now. The original First Blood novel read with him naked and insane, just wearing a gun belt with a half-shaved head. The movies went in one direction, still has room for interpretation.
The story of John Rambo, and returning soldiers with issues, is incredibly valid right now. The original First Blood novel read with him naked and insane, just wearing a gun belt with a half-shaved head. The movies went in one direction, still has room for interpretation.
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1:27PM on 08/21/2013
TV or cable? wich network?
TV or cable? wich network?
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12:50PM on 08/21/2013

Not Bad

I don't think it's a bad idea, I could see myself watching this.
I don't think it's a bad idea, I could see myself watching this.
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12:11PM on 08/21/2013

Not Bad

I don't think it's a bad idea, I could see myself watching this.
I don't think it's a bad idea, I could see myself watching this.
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