For those interested in a fifth Rambo movie from Sylvester Stallone, the name Hunter might sound familiar. It’s a novel by James Byron Huggins with a sci-fi premise, in which a specialized, elite hunter takes aim at a “half-human abomination created by a renegade agency” that is tearing through sparse areas north of the Arctic Circle.
Stallone has owned the rights to the novel for years, and has taken different approaches to potentially turn it into a film. One involved making it a fifth Rambo movie, which we reported on back in 2009. Now Stallone is back to working with the material, and looks ready to make the film at LionsGate. Read More »
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No more monster, señor. Back in September, /Film connected the dots between the creature feature aspect of Sylvester Stallone‘s Rambo 5 and his rights to the sci-fi thriller novel, Hunter, by James Huggins. As one might expect, the idea of John Rambo tracking and being tracked by a genetically engineered “abomination” in snow country split fans like a coconut.
As a premise, it fell in line with Stallone’s previous statements about a new genre direction for the franchise, and the promo art above was even released to tease this aspect. Well, today the action legend confirmed that he’s scrapped the idea for the sequel and reserved it for a separate film outside the franchise. So, where will Rambo go next, and more importantly, who as opposed to what will he bludgeon? In his words: “There will be blood.”
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The recent announcement that Rambo V: The Savage Hunt would venture into sci-fi received a surprisingly large and middling response from readers last Friday. More than a year ago, I speculated that the film might take on a similar vein to Predator, and based on a new, official plot synopsis over at AICN, that seems on the money. In fact, the project is a loose adaptation of a sci-fi action book called Hunter by James Byron Huggins (Leviathan). Sylvester Stallone bought the rights to Hunter a while ago, which sees “the world’s greatest tracker and “his giant black wolf Ghost” in a showdown set in Alaska with a massive, intelligent creature, the result of a shadowy DNA-experiment. Rambo V‘s plot is clearly based on the material…
A beast is loose somewhere north of the Arctic Circle…And the raging creature is headed south toward civilization, ready to wreak bloody devastation…It’s a job that Rambo and his 22-year-old hunting partner, Beau Brady, can’t turn down, but they and a team of highly skilled Special Forces Kill Team [sic] discover that the prey is beyond their wildest imagination, a half-human abomination created by a renegade agency through a series of outlawed genetic experiments…they’ll still have to confront the grim reality that it may have grown immortal.
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