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February 4, 2008

Stallone Signs 2 Film Deal – Might Do Rambo 5 After All

— Posted by John Campea

Stallone-Rambo-5.jpgWith his major triumph in Rocky 6, it’s no surprise to learn that Sylvester Stallone has just signed a new 2 film deal to both direct and star in new action films. This is great news to me, as Stallone has proved that he isn’t done yet as an action star… he’s also proved (with Rocky at least) that the man is capable of being a fantastic director (let’s just forget about the first half of Rambo shall we).

The good folks over at Movieweb give us this:

The boxoffice comeback champ has just inked a lucrative deal to direct and star in two action films with his “Rambo” producers Danny Dimbort, Avi Lerner and Trevor Short of Nu Image/Millennium Films, says The Hollywood Reporter. Stallone also will produce the films with Kevin King-Templeton and Lerner. Dimbort, Short and Boaz Davidson will serve as executive producers. Several scripts are being considered for follow-ups to his surprise hit sequels to “First Blood” and “Rocky.” With Nu Image/Millennium’s new WGA interim deal speeding up the process, the first script is expected to be locked and loaded by the fall, with production set to begin shortly thereafter.

So Stallone getting a new deal isn’t a surprise at all… but what is a surprise is that even though he just definitively said there would be no new Rocky or Rambo films… Stallone today tells Reuters that he is in fact considering a Rambo 5:

“It will depend on the success of this one, but right now I think I’m gearing one up. It will be quite different,”

This is a complete reversal from what he said just the other day. I guess someone backing up a dump truck full of money can change your mind. But why would a studio put money behind another Rambo film? After a couple of weeks in theaters, Rambo has only made $33 million world wide… and needs to at least cross the $75 million mark to earn actual profit. That’s not going to happen. Is a studio actually going to consider a Rambo 5 as a good investment?

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  • Katlynne

    I am very excited that there will be another Rambo I think they are Sylvester’s best, and I cannot wait to see the creativity in this coming sequel.

  • Timothy

    I think that there should be both a Demolition Man prequel and sequel. The prequel would be about when the cryo-prison was beginning. Are any more of you fan fiction writers out there?

  • zedoha

    Rocky 7 Rambo trains him to kill Paulie and all the Sad people he hangs out with

  • David

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    Rambo 5 destroying the streets of America chasing down scum. What a movie? Deathwish

  • eddie ferraro

    (Type your comment here. Make sure you’ve read the commenting rules before doing so)Heck ya! they should do a rambo 5 and i cant believe that the last one didnt go over 100 million that movie was awesome way better than dark night please sylvester do another one.

  • http://www.mikemai.net Mike Mai

    how about Cliffhanger? hahaha

  • Klendathu

    Judge Dredd, now there’s a movie that deserves a remake.

  • Persetti

    hypocrite

  • Gordon Shumway

    I was hoping that Stallone would maybe work with other directors in producing a drama the quality of Copland again, and it seems this wont happen for a while. Having said that, if he makes action movies until he is physically unable to he could always do that later. Instead of a sequel, something like sean connery in The Rock would be perfect.

  • http://www.nowlive.com/memberasp/member.asp?id=100251498 Phil Gee

    Well i will admit that there are quite a few Stallone films that i would like to see sequels for like:

    The Specialist 2: 90 minutes in the shower to sleazy jazz

    Demolition Man: Phoenix Rising (that’s a prequel where Simon Phoenix does lots of bad things until he gets caught for tax evasion and thrown into the cryo prison)

    Nighthawks 2 (i’m not joking about this one; a seriously cool action movie with Billy Dee Williams and Rutger Hauer)

    Cobra 2 (just to show again how to make a Punisher movie better than the Punisher did)

    Judge Dredd 2: Rob Scheider is the laaaaaaaaaaaaaaw

    Let’s hope he makes one of them instead and carries on this fine tradition of giving his franchises closure.

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