Posted on Thursday, March 8th, 2012 by Angie Han
It’s the All-Ages Edition of Sequel Bits, or maybe the ‘something for everyone’ version, with news on everything from the kid-friendly Gnomeo & Juliet franchise to the 60something star of Rambo.
- Viacom CEO says there’s plans for a Mission: Impossible 5
- Sylvester Stallone could kill off Rambo in Rambo 5
- The Twilight trailer lands in front of The Hunger Games
- Elton John stars working on Gnomeo & Juliet: Sherlock Gnomes
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Let’s kick off another sequel news roundup with some info on a film that will be out soon. Jon M. Chu directed G.I. Joe: Retaliation, and the trailers released so far have generated a good level of interest in the film.
In an interview with Moviefone, Chu talks about enthusiasm for various Joe characters and the difficulty his team had with creating a linear follow-up to the first Joe film, The Rise of Cobra. One question many of our readers has asked regards Cobra Commander, and how this film’s character connects to the Joseph Gordon-Levitt version in the previous movie. Chu says, “Cobra Commander was an issue. But I know we couldn’t lose Cobra Commander.”
Asked if this is the same character under the mask, the director says,
No. [Smiling] But we figured out a way that’s pretty nice. And you get the Cobra Commander that you’ve always wanted. Or, to me, what I always wanted: a bad-ass villain. He’s one of the most iconic villains ever. I’m even following him on Twitter — he’s so funny.
After the break, a brief update on the chance of a Rambo 5, Michael Keaton is reportedly excited about a Beetlejuice sequel, and we’ve got some info on Judd Apatow’s sorta-sequel to Knocked Up, This Is 40. Read More »
Right after the release of Rambo, the fourth film to feature Sylvester Stallone‘s iconic Vietnam War veteran character, it seemed like a fifth film was a foregone conclusion. Last year, however, the writer/actor/director reversed his position, saying ““I think Rambo’s pretty well done. I don’t think there’ll be any more.” It seems like he was concerned about appearances more than the lack of a compelling story. “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 now Sean Hood, the Conan the Barbarian screenwriter, says he’s met with Stallone a couple times over the last year, and has completed a draft of a script called Rambo: Last Stand. Read More »
Ever since the release of Rambo 4 (which was titled simply Rambo), Sylvester Stallone has been touting another sequel for the John Rambo franchise. 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. However, a couple weeks back Stallone announced that he’s “99% sure” the fifth film won’t ever happen.
So when I was walking through the international film marketplace at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, I was surprised to see Rambo V being promoted at the Millennium Films/Nu Image booth. After the jump I’ve included a photo of the Rambo V poster/handout on display at the booth. Even more shocking is that the backside of the handout tours a 2011 release date.
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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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After the successful release of Rambo 4 (which was released under the simple title Rambo), there has been a lot of talk about making a possible fifth film. Stallone had hinted that he hopes to take the character into a “slightly different genre,” leaving many fans to speculate sci-fi or a more comic bookish approach. He later was quoted as saying that “this is the last Rambo just as Rocky Balboa is the last Rocky.” Yeah right…
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Three days ago we came across a production listing for Rambo 5 on an international film news website. The rumored next installment in Sylvester Stallone‘s second biggest franchise was listed to shoot on one or more new sound stages now being constructed in Bulgaria by a major European production studio. While Sly has played up his nickname on the sequel subject, the rumor was even stranger since January’s Rambo movie seemed to set up a return to America for the character. Bulgaria?!Â
Today, Clint at MovieHole reports that a close source tells him that Bulgaria will actually serve as Rambo’s hometown “somewhere in Arizona” in the film. Yeah, I laughed too. Not because I think this is necessarily untrue, but, well Rambo’s gotta eat I guess. Here’s the tipster…
“The street sets of Bulgaria that are getting the makeover, the same ones that were rented out and used in Van Damme’s The Shepherd, will be doubling for Rambo’s hometown, which is supposed to somewhere in Arizona.”
While Stallone filmed a good portion of his last flick in Thailand, that’s where the awesome film was set. Without spoiling anything, the end of Rambo T’d up a pretty epic storyline or two, like “Rambo vs. Terrorists” or better, “Rambo vs. USA…Again,” and then there’s Stallone’s interviews where he says he wants to take the character into a different genre.Â This is all speculation, but I guess if Lake Placid 2 passed off Bulgaria for the States, uh, Stallone could do it, too. But what about Vegas, Fort Bragg, LAX, the Hollywood sign, and Rupert Jee’s Hello Deli? Rambo needs to hit the road in a battle wagon and make like Clark Griswold or Henry Rollins.
Discuss: If Rambo 5 is set in the USA, where should the character kill people? Â
John Rambo, stayin’ alive? Today on Screen Daily it was reported that Rambo 5 is scheduled to film in the Bulgarian capital of Sofia. Nu Boyana Studios, a substantive production house for Southeastern Europe, is building 10 new sound stages in the area, and apparently the next installment in the Sylvester Stallone war-vet franchise is booked first in line.
Since the January release of the fourth Rambo, the best hardcore action film in a while (10/10), Stallone has waffled considerably on whether a Rambo 5 will happen. He’s hinted that he hopes to take the character into a “slightly different genre,” leaving many fans to speculate sci-fi or a more comic bookish approach, only to deaden those rumors. Recently he’s reverted back to the “new genre” line, amidst yet more rumors of making Cliffhanger 2: The Dam. Exhausted yet?
Harvey Weinstein was quick to announce his hunger for a follow-up to Rambo, but if the sequel will indeed film in Bulgaria, that would go against his and fans’ desire to see Rambo return to America. I’d rather see a 5 than Sly’s planned Death Wish remake or, especially, Cliffhanger 2, and I think the sentiment will catch on more once the flick hits DVD. More on this if/when it develops.
Discuss: What is the best action film you’ve seen recently that wasn’t a Western or a video game/comic book/fantasy adaptation?
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