Rambo reboot movie in the works with Ariel Vroman directing
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Nu Image/Millennium Films is planning a Rambo reboot movie with Israeli helmer Ariel Vroman (The Iceman, Criminal) behind the camera and Brooks McLaren penning the script.
The aim of the new film is to recast the role created in David Morrell’s 1972 novel “First Blood” and popularized in the four films starring Sylvester Stallone. This reboot would continue the character’s adventures with a new leading man, although they have not said whether they plan to keep the film oriented towards a Vietnam vet with a period setting or to contemporize him against the backdrop of the Iraq or Afghanistan conflicts.
Stallone himself spent a few years after 2008’s fourth Rambo contemplating a Rambo V, although he stated to Variety last year that he has abandoned such a prospect.
“The heart’s willing, but the body says, ‘Stay home!’” Stallone said. “It’s like fighters that go back for one last round and get clobbered. Leave it to someone else.”
The actor also dumped on a proposed “Rambo: New Blood” TV series at FOX, which would revolve around the character’s heretofore unseen son.
“I don’t want to cast aspersions,” Stallone says, “but it’s delicate to try to replace a character with his son. I’ve seen the son of Flicka, the son of Tarzan, the son of King Kong. It’s a very difficult premise.”
It is unknown if that TV series has already been thrown on the backburner, although no new movement has been reported since its announcement.