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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.
With the upcoming rollout or Jesse Johnson's The Pay Up, Accident Man and Triple Threat in his wake, leave it to action star Scott Adkins to help carry the mantle with word on the upcoming action thriller revisal, Sinners & Saints: Vengeance. Adkins will reunite once more with Chad Law-penned Jarhead 3: The Siege helmer William Kaufman who, in turn, reunites with actor Johnny Strong who led the initial 2011 revenge cop thriller.
The film aims as a stand-alone sequel which tells of a New Orleans detective who journeys to Moscow to avenge the murder of his partner at the hands of a syndicate enforcer with the help of an old war buddy, and the enforcer's lover. Law, whose writing credits also include Kaufman's zombie hit thriller, Daylight's End and Isaac Florentine's Adkins-led home invasion action pic, Close Range, is scripting with Saints And Sinners scribe Jay Moses ahead of the film's Bulgarian shoot this Winter.
I did a lot of work this weekend. So, don't be surprised if things slow down a bit for me this week. At best, I might be able to pace myself and keep going but a little me-time also suffices.
For now, at least you have this week's installment of the Hit List to relieve your boredom. Demos, goods to promote and much more are on the way starting with a fresh new batch of stunt and training reels ripe with great talent featuring Saidqua Bynum, Dan Mast, Evelyn Osorio Vacaro, Brandon Ly, Hong Berghof (more on her later), Tim Storms, Dina Cataldi, Clancy Petersen, Katie Schwartz, Taylor Castriota, Carlton Hoyles, Sia Alipour, and a 2017 reel celebrating progress over at New York's Breakfall Studios.
Moving forward, we have two new items to help push, and we start the most recent poster debut for actress and martial artist Bridger Fox's latest turn at the helm, Assassin's Curse. The new action short is well underway ahead of its forthcoming 10X10 Filmmaker Challenge prem…
Still to the surprise of many is the forthcoming second installment of the Escape Plan trilogy - Steven C. Miller's Escape Plan 2: Hades, following Mikael Håfström's initial 2013 hit pairing Sylvester Stallone with Arnold Schwarzenegger. A third was announced back in April and news this week now confirms the start of principal photography for upcoming threequel, Escape Plan 3: Devil's Station with Death And Life Of Bobby Z and 15 Minutes director John Herzfeld at the helm.
The new movie sees Stallone and actor Dave Bautista reprising their roles from a script by Herzfeld and screenwriter Miles Chapman which sees the two pairing up once again to break out one of their own from an inescapable prison. The two will be joined on screen by actor and martial artist Max Zhang whose credits span various facets in film from stunt double to principal actor with credits such as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Soi Cheng's S.P.L. 2: A Time For Conseuqences (a.k.a. Kill Zone 2), and…