'Rambo 5': Screenwriter describes potentially 'Unforgiven'-esque final chapter

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In the last half-decade, Sylvester Stallone has ridden a triple wave of nostalgia, camp, and the rising counter-revolution against Bourne-esque action films in favor of ’80s-esque steroidal beefcake-ism. (See also: Fast Five.) His action-god peers all reinvented themselves — Arnold Schwarzenegger went kid-friendly and then got political, Bruce Willis diversified into drama — but Stallone staged a comeback by doing a Rocky movie, a Rambo movie, and The Expendables, a film that’s basically a sequel to and remake of every other film Stallone ever made. Now, Empire has confirmed that screenwriter Sean Hood (Conan the Barbarian) has drafted a script for a fifth Rambo film called Rambo: Last Stand.

Hood tells Empire that Stallone wanted him to create a genuine “last chapter of the Rambo saga.” He also described the story as “more in line with the small-town thriller of First Blood.” That’s an intriguing proposition. The first Rambo film was always the odd man out in the series, a relatively straightforward psychological thriller. Starting with Rambo: First Blood, Part II, the series moved into its delirious-excess phase. (At one point in 2008′s Rambo, Stallone fires a big gun at a bad guy and explodes him.) Hood notes that Stallone is currently busy with the films Bullet in the Head and The Expendables 2, but expresses his own hope that Stallone will “eventually be inspired to do one more Rambo film, with the tone of Clint Eastwood’s Unforgiven.”

Stallone’s representatives wouldn’t confirm Hood’s discussion about the fifth Rambo, but it certainly seems logical that Stallone would be looking toward a conclusion to his iconic series. In sharp contrast to fellow action god Schwarzenegger, Stallone has always seemed interested in the ravages of time — which is a big reason why the most recent (and possibly final) Rocky film won so much praise. The notion of Stallone doing an Unforgiven-esque film that takes the Rambo film back to its humble origins may seem a bit ridiculous — since the actor himself is still posing on the cover of Muscle & Fitness halfway through his seventh decade — but it would certainly be an intriguing twist in an already-surprising career second act.

What do you think, movie fans? Would you like to see Stallone create a legit ending for the Rambo series? Or are you more excited by the notion of Schwarzenegger returning to one of his iconic franchises for a subtly autobiographical take on King Conan?

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  • wgalvira

    A well written and serious drama could be the next Rambo. In the stile of the Unforgiven or the new Captain America.

    • wgalvira

      The series should end representing a truly loyal and brave American hero for justice, piece and democracy.

      • wgalvira

        I meant peace. Damn spell check.

  • Shannon S

    I was absolutely blown away by how good Rambo 4 was, and I’ll admit I’m a little scared about Stallone going back to the well again on this franchise…there’s just no guarantee that it will work again. To me it’s a big chance that’s not worth taking. Just leave the franchise on the positive note you left it with on Rambo 4.

    • Jay

      I, too, was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed the 21st century Rambo. I always stop to watch it when I find it channel surfing.

    • tlo

      A couple of years ago, they were talking about another Rambo that was sort of like Predator. Rambo would be tapped to hunt down a genetically altered super soldier gone bad. I guess they decided against it.

  • Chris

    “Rambo” was decent entertainment, but enough is enough. Sly was already long in the tooth doing “Rambo” and the franchise had a satisfactory enough of an ending to stop with “Rambo”.

    • James Freud

      “Long in the tooth”? I’d love to see you when you get to his age, fat boy. If you even reach his age.

  • James Howlett

    Say what you want about Sly, as a writer/producer/director/actor, he’s come up with some very engaging & entertaining stories with some memorable characters. I’d look forward to seeing this.

  • Jason Thorne

    I hope they only Rambo 5 if the script is good and they hopefully conclude the series.
    If they do make one last Rambo film, the title should be ‘John Rambo’ which is what they should have called the fourth film.

  • PDDB

    I think it would be a good ending to return to the source material – either the first movie or the David Morell book upon which it was based.

  • cj

    I know I’d have to see it if they made another Rambo movie. If they do hopefully they can find some way to include his dad since that’s where the last move left off. That could be how it starts, dad dies, Rambo goes on a rampage of vengence since like First Blood, “they” shot first.

  • VinceP

    I like the idea of a final installment in the Rambo series beyond “Rambo”. The character of John Rambo has always been an interesting one, to me, because he always had a very strong sense of right and wrong. I think it would be kind of cool to have the final chapter showing him doing what he was trained to do, which is sacrificing his life for what he believes.

  • Ben Dover

    The fourth rambo was nothing more than a grotesque snuff film. Unless they clean it up, I have no intentions on watching the fifth installment.

  • Redeyecat

    If it’s a good story and script – GO FOR IT!

  • Clete

    Think outside the box. Have Rambo renounce violence and open a flower shop in Philadelphia.

    • Mike

      Rambo learns to love again in Rambo’s Romance!

  • Brian Dennehy

    AT LAST I SHALL HAVE MY REVENGE ON THAT LOUSY JOHN RAMBO!

  • pastafarian

    At long last, a friendship bonded by the struggle against the man has been brought to an end by Kung-Fu treachery! Brother, your death will not go unavenged! Fiendish Dr. Woo, you done phuc’d up now!

  • Deke DaSilva

    Is Stallone getting his story ideas from his dumbest fan letters? How many morons wrote him to say they loved “Rocky” movies, especially “Rocky 1(!)”-and could he make one like that again? So, after defeating Drago in Russia, Rocky returns to America, and he’s broke! Yeah right. And he’s living in the old neighborhood, just like the first movie! “Rocky V” and “Rocky Balboa” actually betrayed the character by turning his unimagined success into failure! Stop already. No more “Godfather Part 3″s or “Rocky 6″s! All stories have to come to an end for chrissakes, and on a strong note! (If Stallone wants to revisit his characters, then make a sequel to one of his best-”Nighthawks”!)

  • Bklyn Bryan

    King Conan!!! Arnie can make KC because at the end of Destroyer he is around the same age that he is now! King Conan!!!!!!!!

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