Sylvester Stallone In Line To Take On Mexican Cartel In 'Rambo 5'
It’s seemingly not over until it’s over for Vietnam vet John Rambo. Sylvester Stallone is set to return for a fifth installment in the Rambo franchise, I understand. There were whispers he may also direct but that doesn’t seem to be the case.
While Stallone’s participation hasn’t been confirmed by reps, Avi Lerner’s Millennium is launching sales on the project in Cannes with a tentative shoot date set for September of this year. Stallone is understood to be working on the script and his Expendables collaborator Lerner will produce.
In the fifth episode of the franchise, when the daughter of one of his friends is kidnapped, Rambo, who has been working on a ranch, crosses the U.S.-Mexican border and quickly finds himself up against the full might of one of Mexico’s most violent cartels.
The lucrative Rambo franchise launched in 1982 with First Blood and a fifth installment has been mooted for some time, despite the actor previously expressing reservations about a return. Stallone, who starred in and directed the last episode of the series in 2008, is currently working on Creed II. UK trade Screen International first broke the news.
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Buyers have flocked to Rambo V, with Millennium selling out on the movie between Cannes and the American Film Market, which kicks off Wednesday in Santa Monica. At a time when presale sell-outs are harder to come by, it’s fun to see the appeal Sly and the franchise still have with distributors.
Buyers include Lionsgate for U.S. and UK, Universum for Germany, Metropolitan for France, Notorious for Italy, Vertice 360 for Spain, VVS for Canada, Mis. Label for Scandinavia, DFW for Benelux, Monolith in Poland, United King for Israel, Eagle for Middle East, California Filmes for Latin America and Mexico, Top Film for Russia, CIS and Baltics, Dadi for China, Gaga for Japan, JoynCinema for South Korea/Thailand and Tanweer for Pan Asia Pay TV. Amazon Prime Video has the exclusive first-run SVOD window in the U.S.
Odeon will release in Greece, Lusomundo in Portugal, One Dollar in Hong Kong, PT Parkit in India/Vietnam, PT Amero in Indonesia, and VAA in West Indies, One World in Malaysia/Singapore, Deepjoy in Thailand, Tandem in Bulgaria, North Video in Czech and Slovak Rep, Blitz in Ex-Yugo, and Bowline in Romania.
Shoot is winding down on the film, in which Rambo pits his brawn against a Mexican cartel. Adrian Grunberg (Get The Gringo) directs; Paz Vega, Oscar Jaenada, Yvette Monreal, Sheilah Shah and Sergio Peris-Mencheta are among the cast.
Stallone has already posted a bunch of imagery from set (his Instagram is a treasure trove for fans, including a latest post of Rambo’s ‘Heartstopper’ knife), but above is an official and exclusive first-look production still for those fans out there.