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Action star and actor Sylvester Stallone is not mincing words after this week. The 69 year old action hero is officially retiring from the role of Rambo according to a new interview with Variety
“The heart’s willing, but the body says, ‘Stay home!,’” says Stallone. “It’s like fighters that go back for one last round and get clobbered. Leave it to someone else.”
The character, based David Morell's 1972 novel, "First Blood", spawned four films with Stallone in the title role between 1982 and 2008, with the latter, Rambo, reinvigorating an already decades-hardened fanbase of R-rated action cinema. “You know when you realize there’s nothing more to pull out?” said the actor. “As an action film, I was very satisfied that it dealt with the Burmese situation. It had one foot in a current event, the longest civil war in history, 65 years at that time. It was so brutal, which civil war is, I was shocked they even gave me an R-rating. I didn’t want to compromise. I said, ‘This is probably going to be the last decent film of this genre that I’m going to do as a solo act.’ When that was accomplished, I never felt the same willingness to do it again.”
Stallone, who has been busy as of late with The Expendables franchise among a number of titles, was also up to star in a fifth potential film which took on a few forms in its development, with one such iteration now shaping up as a television series for Fox as Rambo: New Blood. Updates were still pretty uncertain, apparently right up until last month as reports began surfacing regarding Stallone's detachment from the series. “I don’t want to cast aspersions,” he said, “but it’s delicate to try to replace a character with his son. I’ve seen the son of Flicka, the son of Tarzan, the son of King Kong, the son of Godzilla. It’s a very difficult premise.”
So, as it stands, Stallone has no involvement with the series, and as of today, the character entirely, which essentially means no more Stallone as Rambo. Thus, the question remains aside from a small chuckle over casting Ryan Gosling as a potential replacement, who could play Rambo should another movie come to pass?
We await that answer while we lean closer to seeing if Fox can achieve what the former patriarch of the Rambo saga says is virtually impossible. Stay tuned!
Currently stemming from Florida's independent film scene is Victor Rios with his directorial debut, Fury Of The Dragon. Rios helms from the creative auspices of 333 Pictures and Frank Films, and cinematographer Armin Alic who co-helmed the 2015 indie action thriller, Room 236., and with a cast that brings actor Lilo Brancato and Wade Williams to the forefront of the tale of a mysterious vigilante on the streets of America and a detective who may or may not be out to stop him.
The film is currently in production with plans currently set for its own trilogy and it's early days at the moment. In the meantime, peep the teaser below and stay tuned for more info as it arises.
The season two premiere of the hit AMC Network series, Into The Badlands, was a homerun hit becoming the #1 returning show thusfar with 4.5 million viewers back in March. It's a milestone well-deserved after launching its six episode run back in 2015 from creators Al Gough and Miles Millar, and with ratings otherwise holding steady, much to the delight of fans, the show is officially poised for another round of epic drama and martial arts action. Per the announcement: Midway through its current second season, “Into the Badlands” is averaging 3.6 million viewers per episode, including 2.1 million adults 25-54 in Nielsen Live+3 ratings. In the current television season, the series ranks as the #4 scripted drama on cable and the #4 returning drama, behind “The Walking Dead,” “American Horror Story” and “Fear the Walking Dead.”“‘Into the Badlands’ looks like nothing else on television, a literal high-wire act attracting passionate and dedicated fans by the millions,” said Charlie Colli…
It's been a year and a half since we last heard on action star Jason Statham's prior attachment to a Hong Kong action film project. Given whatever may likely have changed or still may, gladly it still appears to be active by way of Road Pictures's newly announced production slate which lists a variety of titles in different genres slated for televised and theatrical production and release according to Screendaily.
That report now includes Straw, the title of said thriller currently being scripted by Kurt Wimmer which last had Statham written to play an ex-pat in Hong Kong joined by a female high-level Chinese operative to solve a kidnapping case with global implications. Statham and Chasman are still reportedly producing through their SJ banner with Road also involved.
Production was set for last Fall but should likely advance with the title still in circulation in the news. At any rate, fans still have plenty to look forward to with a forthcoming Fast And Furious spin-of…