If Sylvester Stallone has proven anything over the past few years, it is that he is pretty good at making films when he needs the cash. After a long string of failed projects, which included his not-so-hot TV show “The Contender”, Stallone has bounced back with two hits in a row, both of which were tie ups of long-forgotten franchises from the 1980s. Both 2006′s Rocky Balboa and this month’s Rambo were definitive box office successes, with Rocky taking in over $70 million and Rambo scoring $25 million in its first 10 days of release. So why wouldn’t he make more of these films? Well, for starters, he said so himself. As /Film reported, even though Harvey Weinstein was making a big push for another Rambo film, Sly wasn’t having any of it.
Leave it to Stallone though, to throw us for a loop. Apparently there is no physical pain that this guy won’t endure to continue his string of box office success, as it appears he is down for a few more action films. The Hollywood Reporter is saying today that Stallone has signed on for two more movies with Nu Image/Millenium Films, the same folks that financed Rambo. The lucrative deal will put Sly back in the director’s chair as well as into a starring role for two more “action” movies.
Nothing like a little ambiguity to start more Rambo sequel rumors, right? As far as the details for the projects, those will have to be ironed out over the coming months:
Several scripts are being considered for follow-ups to his surprise hit sequels to “First Blood” and “Rocky.” With Nu Image/Millennium’s new WGA interim deal speeding up the process, the first script is expected to be locked and loaded by the fall, with production set to begin shortly thereafter.
All-in-all, I can’t say that this is disappointing news. People seemed to love the latest Rambo flick despite some mixed votes from critics. I say that is Sly can continue to take off his shirt and blow people’s heads off, why not let him keep doing it. Besides, who doesn’t want to see a 70-year old action star headlining a summer tentpole in 2017? I certainly do.
Talking Point: What do you think? Should Sly make more Rambo movies?