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Fox, eOne And Millenium To Produce RAMBO: NEW BLOOD For Television
Well, it's official. Seven years after the 2008 film, Rambo, reinvigorated fans of the classic action franchise led by actor Sylvester Stallone, Deadline is now reporting that the languishing fifth film that's been in developement for some time now is indefinitely on hold. Instead, eOne will be internationally representing the developement of a TV series that's also been long in the works in the last few years and will produce along with Millenium Films.
Stallone's name is being circulated as the likely prospect of the new show titled Rambo: New Blood, marking a possible return to the character alongside an actor who will play ex-Navy SEAL, J.R., Rambo's son. Fox reportedly closed the deal with The Fugitive and Die Hard scribe Jeb Stuart tapped to pen the series two years since eOne moved with a plan to advance a series with NuImage all while a fifth film was still in the works; That film was last reported to begin filming in late 2014 with Stallone tapped to reprise his role from his own with Avi Lerner producing.
As of the middle of last month, Stallone tweeted prioritizing some movie dialogue for what sounded like another stab at Rambo V. Alas, the latest reports are a likely confirmation that a series will take precedent rather than the former. Does this mean the film won't happen altogether? Like always, time will tell for certain.
Rambo: New Blood is one of two Stallone properties currently in development for television, including The Expendables, of which a fourth film is definitely on track for production this upcoming Spring. Stallone currently stars alongside Michael B. Jordan leading the way in Ryan Coogler's Rocky saga reboot, Creed.
Whether you go into director George Nolfi's new movie, Birth Of The Dragon, for its martial arts action or any historical substance you can scrape, if past reviews and reactions have anything to say for it, its unlikely the film will be as fulfilling in its delivery. The film was assailed by critics after debuting in Toronto late last year and even moreso when the film's trailer arrived introducing what some feel is a tone-deaf transposition to film based on the legendary contest between two iconic athletes, one of whom would soon ascend to greatness in the years ahead.
That moment was the very fight between fledgeling action film hero Bruce Lee and Shaolin martial artist Wong Jack Man, etched in history as a fight between two distinct ideologies for which the outcome remains a recorded mystery to date. Front and center is American-born Hong Kong actor and martial artist Phillip Ng (Once Upon A Time In Shanghai) making his Hollywood debut opposite actor Yu Xia (Mojin: The Los…
I think it's safe to say you know your movie sucks when you not only screw the rights holders whose name and content you base your unsanctioned film on, but when said rights holders join the chorus of critics panning your movie from literally every angle of the internet. That is the level of achievement you have reached if your name is George Nolfi and you've directed a film called Birth Of The Dragon, long hyped to be a hopefully legendary homage to Bruce Lee, the late founder of Jeet Kune Do and patriarch of American martial arts movie fandom.
You've seen him play the Game Of Death opposite Bruce Lee in the late martial arts star's final film. You've watched him go down in the iconic bar room brawl as "Sticks" in Out For Justice. You might have even caught him in a heartfelt and defining moment in the finale scene of David Mamet's 2008 martial arts drama, Redbelt.
Or, if you're immersed in the martial arts niche enough then you've likely given a glance at martial arts legend, Dan Inosanto, in various viral self-defense videos online or in segments from the many documentaries he's been featured in within the last few decades, namely Jay Ignacio's The Bladed Hand: The Global Impact of the Filipino Martial Arts or Pete McCormack's I Am Bruce Lee. For certain, the actor and ardent teacher and FMA mainstay's relevance is guaranteed this week with the news of a new biopic based on the Guro's little-known life and history which includes helping the Dallas Cowboys win Super Bow…