The greatest soldier of the 1980s — Sylvester Stallone’s John Rambo, in case you were in any doubt — is making a comeback, with a new television series called Rambo: New Blood in the works.
It’s set to be a generational affair, focusing on the “complex relationship” between the Vietnam veteran and his son, J.R., who’s following in the family business as a former US Navy SEAL. This would be an original character, not seen in any previous Rambo outings.
Whether Stallone himself would be a series regular is yet to be confirmed, though John Rambo, Sr. is said to be a “key character” on the show. Deadline reports that Stallone has an option to act.
The series is being developed by Nu Image and Millennium Films, which own the rights, and Entertainment One. Stallone is also attached as an executive producer. It will be the second time the companies have tried to get a Rambo show off the ground, following a 2013 effort — that version lacked the father/son hook, though.
The character of Rambo was created by author David Morrell, debuting in the pages of his novel First Blood. The title would be reused for the film of the same name, where Stallone made the role his own. Two movie sequels followed in 1985 and 1988, then a two-decade hiatus before Stallone brought the character back to screens in 2008’s Rambo.
A fifth movie instalment, developed under the working title Rambo: Last Blood, was planned but appears to have been put on hold in favour of the series. There is no release window for New Blood, though if the producers get interest from broadcast networks, it could arrive as soon as next Autumn, for the new US TV season.