November 13, 2009

Stallone Listens! Rambo Ditches the Sci-Fi Angle

Back in early September, I posted about Sylvester Stallone's uber-lame plan for Rambo V. The premise saw John Rambo sent to the arctic circle to hunt down a "feral beast;" the unfortunate product of a secret military experiment gone horribly wrong. I thought Rambo treading on sci-fi turf was a big mistake for the series, and now it appears, Stallone does too. Sly sent an email to the brilliantly named fan-site Stallone Zone explaining that the film had "changed courses" and the movie would now be rooted more in the traditional Rambo style. Stallone explained: "The story about hunting the man/beast will be done using another character in the lead." Good idea, Sly, I'm with you on this one. So what is the plan for Rambo V? "Rambo will be heading over the border to a violent city where many young women have vanished."

This sounds very much like an early draft for Rambo IV, that was ultimately discarded, that had Stallone hunting down a human-trafficking ring peddling women into the sex trade industry in Mexico. This premise, while not wildly original, seems like a much better direction to head in. By the time you get to Part V, I don't think a lot of people are expecting a groundbreaking screenplay; on the contrary they want more of the same. They just want to see Stallone blow shit up and murder the bad guys, ideally with a crossbow. Sly, who clearly knows exactly what his audience is looking for after all these years added one more detail in his brief tease about the new direction for Rambo V: "There will be blood."

Yes, yes indeed.

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