Last year’s Creed marked the return of Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky Balboa. Now, another iconic Stallone character is coming back to big screen — with a new actor donning that red headband.
Nu Image/Millennium Films are planning to reboot Rambo with an all-new film, EW has confirmed. Ariel Vromen (The Criminal) is on board to direct Rambo: New Blood from a script by Brooks McLaren, with plans to cast a new, younger actor as the action hero.
Stallone is not involved, and according to The Hollywood Reporter, which first reported the news, the studio plans to treat Rambo as a character similar to James Bond.
Originally created by David Morrell in his 1972 novel First Blood, John Rambo has appeared in a total of four films starring Sylvester Stallone, beginning with Ted Kotcheff’s 1982 film. Stallone followed First Blood up with two sequels in the 1980s before returning to the character with 2008’s Rambo, which he also directed.
Earlier this year, Stallone told Variety that he has no plans to reprise his role, saying that he was happy with how Rambo’s story ended with the 2008 film.
“The heart’s willing, but the body says, ‘Stay home!’” he said at the time. “It’s like fighters that go back for one last round and get clobbered. Leave it to someone else.”
Last year, while promoting Creed, Stallone was asked which actor he’d like to see as the next Rambo, and he picked Ryan Gosling as his theoretical replacement. (When a reporter later told Gosling about Stallone’s comments, an incredulous Gosling replied, “That is incredible. He’s one of my favorite actors. Just the fact that he knows my name… He’s the best. I’m genuinely touched that he said that. And if you’re lying, you’re an awful person.”)
In December, news broke that Millennium was also planning a Rambo TV series with Fox, focusing on his son, J.R.