Rumours have been swirling around a Rambo V movie (potentially called Rambo: Final Blood) being in the works for a while, in addition to the in-development Rambo: New Blood TV series. Stallone’s involvement in both projects has also been the subject of much yes/no/maybe rumour mongering – however he’s previously stated that he’s not involved with the TV series and now, in a recent interview with Variety, he’s confirmed he won’t be reprising one of his most famous roles on the big screen either.
Straight from the man himself:
The heart’s willing, but the body says, ‘Stay home!,’ It’s like fighters that go back for one last round and get clobbered. Leave it to someone else.
Which is perfectly understandable given the demands the fifth action-heavy movie would put on the now 69-year-old actor. He added that he was content with where the movie franchise ended up after 2008’s Rambo IV saying:
You know when you realize there’s nothing more to pull out? As an action film, I was very satisfied that it dealt with the Burmese situation. It had one foot in a current event, the longest civil war in history, 65 years at that time. It was so brutal, which civil war is, I was shocked they even gave me an R-rating. I didn’t want to compromise.
I said, ‘This is probably going to be the last decent film of this genre that I’m going to do as a solo act.’ When that was accomplished, I never felt the same willingness to do it again.
There’s nothing left. When they asked me to do another Rambo I said, ‘If I can’t do better than I did last time, and I can’t, then why?’
To be honest I felt like the last movie was a pointless and ultimately forgettable sequel too, but I’m glad he’s decided it’s time to move on. He’s also, like all of us here at themovies, not quite sold on the premise of the TV series:
I don’t want to cast aspersions, but it’s delicate to try to replace a character with his son. I’ve seen the son of Flicka, the son of Tarzan, the son of King Kong, the son of Godzilla. It’s a very difficult premise.
Indeed. So how about we say goodbye to one of the most iconic characters of 80’s action movies with this image – it’s how I like remember him.
Last Updated: January 6, 2016