Sylvester Stallone ponders 'Rambo' prequel

first-bloodImage Credit: Everett CollectionAnswering reader questions over at Ain’t It Cool News to promote The Expendables, Sylvester Stallone has left the door open for a Rambo prequel. “I certainly think this is worth pondering because it’s intriguing to find the whys and wherefores of how people have come to become what they are,” he says. “The traumas, the loss, and the tragedy of being in Vietnam would certainly be a great challenge for a young actor, and it would be ironic that Rambo directs younger Rambo after having played it for 20 plus years.”

While I agree with what Stallone says in theory, and would probably see the film because seeing Rambo movies is a Bierly family tradition, I don’t know that I actually want it to happen. Even though he’s fine with another actor taking on the role of John Rambo (which, I realize, should be all that matters), I can’t picture it. Somehow seeing him at war would take away the power of hearing him describe it at the end of First Blood. You’re hanging on his every word because it’s more dialogue than he’s spoken up till then and he goes from angry to broken before your eyes. It’d be like someone making a movie about a young Quint from Jaws surviving the USS Indianapolis. Robert Shaw’s monologue was such a perfect moment, I don’t want to experience it any other way.

What’s your position on a Rambo prequel? If you’re for it, who do you imagine in the role?

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  • Ceballos

    I’m with you Mandi,

    The monologue at the end of “First Blood” is almost Shakespearan in the way its delivered. (Tongue only partly planted in cheek.)

    I generally think there IS such a thing as too much backstory with iconic characters that don’t really require it. I’m looking at you “Hannibal Rising” (or, my alternative title for it, “Fine Young Hannibal.”)

  • Matt1

    Mandi, you should just write everything on this site and take over for that hack Nicole Sperling!
    Great points about the monologues in First Blood and Jaws… Prequels are just totally unnecessary.

  • mark in nyc

    Hollywood is out of ideas. 100% sure this will be made

  • Sean Mc

    Only if he casts Milo Ventimiglia as little John J.

    • pastafarian

      thats what I was thinkin

  • mikey

    You’re right on Mandi. With Rambo we have been given enough of his past to get a strong sense of the traumas and betrayals that made him who he is. If we want, we can fill in details based on people we know and stories we’ve heard in order to make the character more real and personal. I think my own interpretation of his backstory is more effective (for me) than anything that would be put on the screen. After all, I’ve been carrying my version around with me for more than 25 years.

  • Dave

    An added backstory often ruins the mystery and intrigue surrounding an iconic character. Like someone here pointed out with the Hannibal prequel. And I’ll also mention Rob Zombie’s Halloween remake with the added Michael Myers backstory in an attempt to explain why he turned out to be a maniac, which in turn only served to strip the mystery from the character.

  • Tobey

    The only way the prequel could be worse is if they CGI a younger Stallone in the lead role, a la “Schwarzenegger’s” cameo in Terminator: Salvation.

  • andrew

    yeah i kind of want it left alone to my imagination in a way. we can imagine what Rambo’s life was like before First Blood and sometimes that’s enough. we just knew it was bad and we don’t need it spelt out in a prequel but then the mind goes to that place of “what would it be like?” etc. it’s like Star Wars. those anticipated prequels left an amazing feeling in you when the trailer came out for The Phantom Menace but in the end it was pretty disappointing and it was like Darth Vader lost all his mysteriousness.

  • beyondtheregion

    Sounds great….especially when we discover that John Rambo is really Benjamin Button!

  • Long Island Guido

    I would be perfect to play a young stallion like Stallone. It has to be an I-talian, please do not let them change the Rambo character to a wasp to try to make more money.

  • Long Island Guido

    I’m sending my resume to Sly right now for the part. Rambo is and forever will be an I-talian.

  • Long Island Guido

    Meatballs for everyone on Sly.

  • John

    I think they should make a prequel and cast Gilbert Gottfried as Rambo. Change it up a bit ya know!

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