Rambo: Last Blood Earns ‘Hard’ R-Rating

Rambo: Last Blood earns “Hard” R-rating

Action fans have been waiting anxiously for the return of the classic character John Rambo in the upcoming Rambo: Last Blood and co-writer/star Sylvester Stallone has kept the hype train rolling by taking to Instagram to announce that the fifth installment has earned a “Hard” R-rating from the MPAA and that “What’s coming is like nothing” audiences have seen! (Via Bloody Disgusting)

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The latest chapter in the sprawling Rambo saga finds the eponymous war veteran, played again by Sylvester Stallone, coping with intense PTSD while living on a ranch in Arizona, trying to pick up casual work wherever he can. Soon his friend and estate manager Maria informs him that her granddaughter went missing after crossing into Mexico for a party, so John travels south of the border to find the youngster. The quest quickly turns into a violent descent into hell as Rambo uncovers a sex-trafficking ring, teaming up with a journalist whose half-sister has also been kidnapped. Rambo has to deploy all his skills to save the girls and bring down a vicious crime lord.

The film is directed by Adrian Grunberg with Matt Cirulnick (Absentia) writing the screenplay for Rambo: Last Blood, which Avi Lerner and Kevin King will produce.

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Millennium was previously planning a reboot movie with Israeli helmer Ariel Vroman (The Iceman, Criminal) behind the camera and Brooks McLaren penning the script with the aim of recasting the role created in David Morrell’s 1972 novel “First Blood” and popularized in the four films starring Sylvester Stallone. There were also plans for a proposed New Blood TV series at FOX that were also abandoned. Despite Stallone stating in 2016 that he was too old to take on the part again, the plan is for the 71-year-old actor to reprise the role one more time.

Stallone last played the role in 2008’s Rambo, which earned $113.2 million worldwide on a $50 million budget. He also wrote and directed that film.

Rambo: Last Blood begins its final vendetta in theaters September 20.