The ageless action hero Sylvester Stallone may be at it again.
Presently amidst filming the third installment in 'The Expendables' feature film franchise, the sixty-seven year old actor is in negotiations to co-create and potentially star in a tv series about John Rambo. That's right, the beloved war veteran and iconic action hero from 'First Blood,' 'Rambo: First Blood Part II,' 'Rambo III' and 'Rambo' could return--this time on the small screen.
Entertainment One has teamed with Avi Lerner's Nu Image to develop the project, coordinating with Stallone himself. Stallone will certainly be involved in the series at a creative level, with the option of stepping in front of the camera and reprising his famous role as well. EOne and Nu Image intend to develop the project and then shop it to various American networks; I expect a bidding war for this one. With name recognition like the Rambo character has, even if the main role was re-cast there would exist a built-in audience for this project.
Based on the David Morell novel 'First Blood,' the Rambo franchise follows a troubled Vietnam War veteran and Green Beret with PTSD. Rambo is skilled in martial arts, all manner of weaponry, and the art of survival in harsh conditions. eOne TV CEO John Morayniss hyped the project, saying "Rambo fans cover all demographics and we’re confident that we’ll quickly find this series a home." Lerner added "I’m excited by the prospect of collaborating again with my good friend Sly for an encore in this next phase of the Rambo legacy." Lerner worked with Stallone on the 2008 feature installment 'Rambo,' which some critics called the best film of the series.
What do you think? Could Rambo translate to the small screen effectively?