Of all the A-list action heroes from back in the day, none were more into creating franchises than Sylvester Stallone. Early on, he took “Rocky” and made a sequel, then another, then another, and so on. Years later, he even took the idea of an aging action star and made another franchise out of it with “The Expendables” and its sequels. It’s just sort of Stallone’s thing. As “Creed” and the upcoming “Creed 2” keep the Italian Stallion in the spotlight, Stallone is planning on making another installment of his other popular series. Yes, he’s going back to the well with “Rambo” for one more adventure.
According to The Playlist, via Screen Daily, “Rambo 5” is gearing up. The latest “Rambo” installment, perhaps called “Rambo V,” will again have Stallone as John Rambo, a man on a mission. He’s at least co-written the script, though no word on if he’ll return to the director’s chair for this one or not. While the end of the last movie had him returning home to America, the plot of this one seems to have him heading south to Mexico. At the very least, it’s not the initial film he had planned for a fourth sequel, which would have seen the character fighting monsters.
Here are some details about the sequel:
Stallone’s return to action in the long-running series finds him living in a ranch in Arizona, deeply troubled and wrestling with PTSD as he picks up casual work wherever he can. When a long-time family friend and estate manager Maria informs Rambo that her grand-daughter has gone missing after crossing into Mexico for a party, he sets off with her to find the youngster. What ensues is a violent descent into hell as Rambo uncovers a sex-trafficking ring. He teams up with a journalist whose half-sister has also been kidnapped and must deploy all his skills to save the girls and bring down a vicious crime lord.
From the sound of it, this appears closer to the last installment “Rambo” than the initial outing “First Blood.” Still, this franchise never cratered, so it makes sense that Stallone still sees more there. Time will tell how this one turns out, but the potential is there for a solid action flick, at least.