There are a lot of details out on the web right now about the changing course of the new Rambo movie. From this dork’s perspective, as the news developed there was a lot of happiness and a lot of sadness. This has been a roller coaster ride of action and suspense. But it appears that the most recent news is completely inconclusive…is Stallone caving to the pressure of fans and critics…why start now, you made Rambo IV for crying out loud. I believe this would have been a clear signal to film critics and business that you were not really interested in what they think.
So the questions are simple…Stallone…you gonna break?
Fellow dorks…you up to speed on the changing story?
Follow the jump to learn a bit more!
Let’s paint a quick chronology:
First, 2008, the return…Rambo IV! Not sure what you other dorks thought about the last Rambo flick, but I felt it delivered in all the right departments in the Rambo Shopping Mall. You know like action, blood, death, flying body parts, jungles, steaming gun muzzles! If you have not seen this movie and dig action, I highly recommend it, here is a taste…
Second, August 2009, the announcement…Rambo V: The Savage Hunt! Hell, I think you can make the same movie 20 times and I will still dig it…I mean how can you screw up blood uncontrollable action. Just change up some villains, victims, and the sweaty scenery and you got a whole new 90 minute experience.
Apparently it was originally announced by Variety that Rambo V was going to be about John Rambo navigating his way through human traffickers and drug lords to rescue a young girl abducted near the U.S.-Mexico border. Sounds simple enough to me, and according to CNN there is no more a dangerous locale on Earth right now than at the U.S.-Mexico border and no more villainous scum as the drug cartel. If CNN’s Michael Ware reports from this place…it is like the most god forsaken recipe for death you could ever encounter.
Third, September2009, more details on The Savage Hunt! Stallone comes out with an announcement about part V being basically Predator with John Rambo in the Arnold part…yeah, you got it…a savage hunt for a beast! Here is the synopsis that was floating around the web…
John Rambo could track anyone – or anything – on earth. Now the military desperately needs him for a mission that his ultrasensitive instincts tell him he should refuse. A beast is loose somewhere north of the Artic Circle. It has already decimated a secret research facility and annihilated a squad of elite military guards. And the raging creature is headed south toward civilization, ready to wreak bloody devastation.
It’s a job that Rambo and his 22-year-old hunting partner, Beau Brady, can’t turn down, but they and a team of highly-skilled special forces kill team discover that the prey is a terror beyond their wildest imagination – a half-human abomination created by a renegade agency through a series of outlawed genetic experiments. It has man’s cunning, a predator’s savageness, and a prehistoric power that has transcended the ages. And even if Rambo and Beau survive its unrelenting hunger for human blood, they’ll still have to confront the grim reality that it may have grown immortal.
I realize that this kind of story can be pretty polarizing to the Rambo fan base (if there is one), but hell with them. I thought this concept was awesome. Kind of like if you had a couple parts Predator and Watchers and mixed it with some traditional Rambo bad ass action…and blood…and beasts! Yeah!
Fourth, November 2009, change of plans, WTF?!??! So it seems that the August announcement triggers some negative reactions among the fans and so Stallone comes out and releases this completely cryptic and uncertain announcement. According to MovieWeb.com, Stallone announced:
“I’m letting you know that Rambo has changed course and the story about hunting the man/beast will be done using another character in the lead. RAMBO himself will be heading over the border to a violent city where many young women have vanished”
What the hell does this mean? Is this going to happen in the same movie? How the hell do you pull that off? This sounds like to two places and two leads…that sure adds up two movies in my mind. And why the wavering on the original plot Sylvester? You chicken, can’t take it? I seem to remember this quote from Rocky!
“The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It is a very mean and nasty place and it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t how hard you hit; it’s about how hard you can get hit, and keep moving forward. How much you can take, and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done.”
Shit man, take a queue from your own words and keep moving forward with your vision of Rambo vs. Beast! What do the readers think? Drop us a line in the comments we would love to hear what you have to say.
Well, regardless, the movie got the green light to start up in the Spring of 2010 and is slated for a 2011 release. And maybe, just maybe, there will be another course correction by Stallone and he will try to get Weird Al for the lead role to complete the epic Rambo parody that started in UHF!