That’s right folks.
Sylvester Stallone, Rambo himself, has taken to Twitter to confirm ‘Rambo: Last Blood’ as the title of the latest entry, which is a play on the original title of the David Morrell’s 1972 novel ‘First Blood’. Stallone confirmed the title as well as the news that he’ll be filming a gangster biopic about Gregory ‘The Grim Reaper’ Scarpa shortly afterwards.
Speculation regarding the future of the franchise has been ongoing since the release of the last film, 2008s ‘Rambo’, which saw the reluctant hero emerging from a quiet life and tackling the Burmese army amid a barrage of blood, guts and bullets as it garnered a total of $113 million worldwide. And seeing as Stallone has spoken many times about his intention to retire the character whilst giving him one last hurrah, the news may not be as much of a surprise to some as it is to others with Stallone lined up to both write and direct. Whether this new instalment follows the recipe of the calmer, massively popular ‘First Blood’ or strays more into the territory of it’s more recent, death laden predecessor remains to be seen, but if there’s one thing Stallone knows, it’s action, especially where Rambo is concerned (although personally, the jury’s still out on the sub-par, Taliban sympathetic Rambo III.)
We also have news hot off the press concerning Stallone’s return to another franchise that helped make him a household name as the man himself tweeted to confirm he was headed to Philadelphia to take on the mantle of Rocky Balboa once more (for the seventh time) as he teams up with director Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station) on the spin-off film ‘Creed’. The plot of the film sees Balboa take on the role of trainer to his old friend Apollo Creed’s grandson, Adonis set to be played by Michael B. Jordan (Chronicle, Fruitvale Station).