Sylvester Stallone has been synonymous with the character of emotionally-wounded Vietnam veteran and all-round super-solider John Rambo since Rambo made his first big-screen outing in an adaptation of David Morrell’s novel First Blood; having reprised the role for Rambo: First Blood Part II in ’85, Rambo III in ’88, and once more in 2008’s Rambo; but Nu Image/Millennium are now looking to take the character in a new direction; rebooting the franchise with a switch in leading actor, and a planned movie titled Rambo: New Blood.
With the aim of potentially turning Rambo into a long-lasting action hero who could potentially be played by anyone (like an uber-bloody James Bond), New Blood is being scripted by Brooks McLaren (Line Of Sight), has Ariel Vromen (Criminal) set to direct, and even David Morrell approving of the change; Stallone “was very effective in the role, but other people could play the character. It’s like James Bond. There have been different interpretations, but they’re very effective. What has to be done is people need to look at the character and realize the implications of where he comes from and what’s in his soul. Then I think there are a number of directions to go and there’s no reason they can’t go on.”