One of last week’s big pieces of news was that Sylvester Stallone will be reprising the role of John Rambo for Rambo V in which he will cross the Mexican border and do what he does best after a friend’s daughter is kidnapped by a drug cartel. But there have been several different iterations of the proposed follow-up to 2008’s Rambo over the years. At one point, Rambo was going to battle a cult that kidnaps his daughter, while another project was going to be a reboot.
However, several websites have been recently posting about the most interesting potential version of Rambo V in the last few days. Back in 2009, Nu Image/Millennium Films announced another installment of the franchise, initial reports indicating it would essentially be a sci-fi film, set in the Pacific Northwest and centering on a top secret military operation to create super soldiers. Naturally, things go very wrong with that operation, and Rambo comes in to clean up the mess – which sounds a bit Universal Soldier-ish. Stallone himself, however, soon clarified that the plot synopsis for what was being referred to as Rambo V: The Savage Hunt was wrong, and that the film was actually going to be more of a Predator-type monster movie.
“It’s not a Universal Soldier… it’s not me fighting a super soldier… it’s actually a feral beast. It’s a… thing. It’s this amalgamation of fury and intelligence and pure, unadulterated rage. It’s before men became… hu-men. This is when they were still inhuman. And so, what Rambo confronts is something that is everyone’s nightmare. But in no sense of the word does he go against the Dolph Lundgren or Jean-Claude Van Damme super soldier. He’s going against a feral beast that has absolute cunning and intelligence and a will to survive that is only matched by Rambo’s. And that’s what makes it uniquely different… man’s conscience fighting his dark, dangerous, uncontrollable subconscious. Very similar to the plot in Forbidden Planet… when the doctor couldn’t control his mind and his subconscious took over and became a savage killing machine. It’s your worst nightmare. You’re battling your primitive self.”
The way he talks about it, I wish it had been made. There’s still time Sly….