Posted on Saturday, May 1st, 2010 by Russ Fischer
Ever since Sylvester Stallone turned most of the adult male population of Burma to bloody gibs in his return to the Rambo character, there has been talk of a fifth Rambo film. Just what the story might be has been subject to speculation. Rumors abounded of a homecoming tale, a film tinged with sci-fi, and, based on one of Stallone’s last updates, a south of the border tale in which Rambo finds or avenges missing women.
Now, however, it seems like there are no possibilities for Rambo any longer. Stallone says he’s “99% sure” the fifth film won’t happen.
Empire talked to Stallone about the film while putting together a feature on The Expendables. “I think Rambo’s pretty well done. I don’t think there’ll be any more,” Stallone says.
I was going to do it…I said I’d never talk about this, but with I feel that with Rocky Balboa, that character came complete circle. He went home. But for Rambo to go on another adventure might be, I think, misinterpreted as a mercenary gesture and not necessary. I don’t want that to happen…I’m very happy with the last Burmese episode, because I didn’t pull any punches on it.
But there is a small future for Rambo, as Stallone says he’s working on a director’s cut that will reinstate twelve minutes to the fourth film. As long as ten of those minutes involve guys exploding, I am so in. Blu-ray, please!
Actually, there will probably be much less than ten minutes of exploding dudes, as Stallone says part of what he’s putting back in is an opening speech where Rambo tells the Julie Benz character why his life has been a disappointment and a waste, and war is natural. So it’s a comedy!
(That crack is mostly in jest; as popcorn movies about post-traumatic stress go, the original First Blood is actually a pretty damn good treatment. Maybe he can bring that full circle now.)
Stallone will be making a sequel to another movie, however. He says he’s hard at work putting together another Expendables film.