[box type=”info” ]According to The Hollywood Reporter, Stallone will (as I suspected) not star as Rambo in the show. Via his reps: “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.” THR does say that him having some creative input isn’t off the tables, though.[/box]
It’s interesting to see all these famous franchises of the 70’s and 80’s try their best to reinvent themselves in the new age. 21 Jump Street did it through an entire different genre (comedy compared to drama), The A-Team did it with an entirely different cast, and Rocky did it with a surprisingly effective sequel. Rambo also did it with an unsurprisingly gruesome and less effective sequel, but I guess Stallone and company want to try to bring back this Vietnam vet by going the Beverly Hills Cop route—giving him his own TV show. And believe it or not, Stallone might even come back to the play the character once again.
Personally, I’m going with the “not” angle though—I doubt an action hero like Stallone would want to spend the long grueling hours on a not very profitable TV acting gig, though it’s entirely possible he can join on as a producer or something. The TV show is being developed by producer Avi Lerner and his Nu Image Company, in conjunction with Entertainment One. Lerner has worked with Stallone before on The Expendables 3, and says that “I’m excited by the prospect of collaborating again with my good friend Sly for an encore in this next phase of the Rambo legacy.” Once again though, I would be super surprised if Stallone was involved past the creative phase.
But hey, who knows. Like pretty much all his characters Stallone seems to have an affinity for John Rambo, and even tried to bring him back in an odd, Predator like sixth entry in the series that never quite got off the ground. Could this project have better luck. We’ll see but, if the Beverly Hills Cop TV show is any indication, it will be a rocky road ahead for Mr. Rambo.