Rambo is indeed returning for one more killing spree at the box office, with the news coming from the man himself. Sly Stallone plucked at some keys in front of Twitter and unleashed a bit of movie news, confirming earlier rumors of a fifth Rambo movie to close the series.
This also confirms the talk that this movie will carry the subtitle Last Blood, paralleling First Blood and signaling an end to this character’s journey that had supposedly ended at least three times before. From Variety:
Since 2008, he’s talked about both retiring the character (who first appeared in David Morrell’s 1972 novel “First Blood”) for good and bringing him back for a last hurrah. Stallone apparently decided on the latter as he’ll be writing and directing and “Rambo: Last Blood,” in addition to starring in the film.
Stallone will be returning to another familiar franchise this month. He also tweeted that he’s headed to Philadelphia to play Rocky Balboa for the seventh time in director Ryan Coogler’s “Creed.” He’ll play the trainer of Apollo Creed’s grandson, portrayed by Michael B. Jordan.
Stallone is certainly keeping busy. I don’t think I blame him for going back to the well after what we got in The Expendables 3, but is it a mistake?
The Rambo movie in 2008 was one of my favorites at the time and I thought it closed things down pretty effectively while jump-starting Stallone’s career alongside his makeup with Rocky Balboa. I just don’t know who would be left to kill at this point.