Rambo V: Last Stand (also known as Rambo V: The Savage Hunt) was the upcoming fifth installment in the Rambo series. Sylvester Stallone claimed he was working on a script treatment, but in January 2016, he revealed that he was retiring the character of John Rambo. However, in May 2016 Stallone teased about another concept for Rambo V.
At the moment, it is unknown if more Rambo films will be made.
The film will begin where Rambo left off, when he goes back to his Arizona home. Little is known of the premise, but it will presumably be about John Rambo's struggles to patch up his relationship with his estranged father who was once an abusive alcoholic, but also to fit back into a society that once shunned him. Although America is now supportive of its troubled veterans, Rambo still has his traumatic memories from the wars, and he must come to terms with the fact that it may be impossible for him to lead a normal, stable life without violence. Stallone has stated that he would like to see the character "go out in a blaze of glory", meaning that if the film is made, the character of John Rambo will die. This has sparked some outcry from fans, who argue that Rambo IV was the perfect conclusion to the series. But other fans are more supportive of this idea, as Rambo has led a rough life, and maybe the best thing for him would be to die and finally be at peace with himself and the world.
It will also go deeper into his Vietnam backstory and why he is the way he is. Sylvester Stallone has stated that it will not be a war movie like its predecessors, and he will be taking the series in a new direction, more similar to the original First Blood, as well as mixing in a prequel feel to the story to give more insight to his original Vietnam years. A plot line has been floating around for a while that involves Rambo's father being kidnapped by brutal Mexican drug lords and Rambo's struggle to get him back, although this has yet to be confirmed by Stallone. The plot is unknown as of today, and the film may never be made.
Timeline of Story Updates
- On February 2, 2008, Sylvester Stallone informed Reuters in an interview that making a fifth Rambo would depend on the success of the fourth movie but that he thought he was "gearing one up" and that it would "be quite different". On March 10, 2008, Moviehole.net revealed that in an interview with Metro magazine, Stallone said that he was "half-way through" writing Rambo V and that it would not be another war movie. Bulgaria was to double for John Rambo's home town in Arizona. On November 3, 2008, Stallone said: "Rambo hopefully will be back. We've just got to give you guys a story that's worthwhile." It was rumored for a while that the fifth film's plot would involve Rambo's apparent daughter being kidnapped by cult leaders and his ensuing mission to rescue her, although this was never confirmed. On February 4, 2009, Sylvester Stallone quoted, "Yeah, we are doing another Rambo, but the conflict is whether to do it in America or a foreign country."
- On August 30, 2009, Millennium Films officially gave Stallone the green-light to make Rambo V, with Stallone writing, directing and starring again. At that time, the plot revolved around Rambo fighting his way through human traffickers and drug lords to rescue a young girl abducted near the U.S.-Mexico border.
- Stallone later confirmed that he intends Rambo V to be loosely based upon a novel called Hunter, in which Rambo and a Special Ops are hired to hunt and kill a ferocious beast (the product of illegal genetic engineering experiments) that has slaughtered and destroyed research facilities and is on its way to civilization. Stallone has had the film rights to Hunter for several years and has not yet made a film adaptation, although he later gave up on this and stated that the idea of the novel still being made into a Rambo film is merely "silly fan-fiction".
- On November 11, it was reported that the plot had reverted to Rambo crossing the border to rescue a girl who had been kidnapped, which led commentators assume that Rambo will go to Ciudad Juarez, a Mexican border city infamous for gang violence, although this was not confirmed as well, and came from a fishy source.
- On May 1, 2010, Stallone told Empire magazine that he no longer wishes to do Rambo V. He stated, "I think Rambo’s pretty well done. I don’t think there’ll be any more. I’m about 99% sure, I was going to do it... but for Rambo to go on another adventure might be, I think, misinterpreted as a mercenary gesture and not necessary. I don’t want that to happen."
- At the Cannes Film Festival, Millennium Films and Nu Image advertised Rambo V with posters and handouts. Following an interview with Stallone for Ain't It Cool News, in which the director emphasised the finality of his decision to end the franchise, Harry Knowles reported that "He then told me that the folks behind those posters essentially said that if Sly didn't do it - someone else would. And Sly seems fine with that."
- In August 2011, Sean Hood submitted a finished fifth Rambo film script titled Rambo: Last Stand for Millennium films. Hood described the film to be "more in line with the small-town thriller of First Blood". He based the script on an incomplete draft of Rambo V that Stallone wrote which consisted of 20 pages.
- On February 7, 2012, Sean Hood offered an update saying "Rambo 5 on hold as Sly finishes Expendables 2. He hasn't decided if R5 will be an "Unforgiven" or a "passing of the torch". Meanwhile, Stallone confirmed a fifth installment, saying this one would be the last one.
- On March 6, 2012 Stallone said "I’m dying to do another Rambo. He’s in Arizona on the border. It will involve him going into Mexico."
- On August 21, 2013, it was announced that Entertainment One, along with Avi Lerner and his production company, Nu Image, are to develop and produce a Rambo TV series and that Stallone is in talks to join the project. However Stallone's press representative has refuted reports that Stallone will reprise Rambo on the small screen.
- On 12 August 2014, Sylvester Stallone confirmed that Rambo V has received green light, and that the studios are located in Shreveport, Louisiana.
On January 6, 2016, Stallone officially confirmed that he was retiring the character of John Rambo, having deemed the fourth Rambo film to be a worthy and satisfying conclusion to the series and the character arc, showing that Rambo was on his way to getting better and making amends with his past. Stallone said: “The heart’s willing, but the body says, ‘Stay home! It’s like fighters that go back for one last round and get clobbered. Leave it to someone else.” Thus, if any more Rambo media is produced, such as the Rambo television series which is being talked about with Fox, possibly about Rambo's son; it will not involve Stallone. He added: “You know when you realize there’s nothing more to pull out? 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. There’s nothing left. When they asked me to do another ‘Rambo,’ I said, ‘If I can’t do better than I did last time, and I can’t, then why’?”
At the moment, Rambo V is not happening. If more films are ever made, they will not involve Stallone.
Millennium/Nu-Image wants another Rambo film after Rambo V and is about to put pen to paper on a sixth installment of the series. During the release of Rambo, Sylvester Stallone said at a Japan promotional interview that he was considering a plot based around the slave trade of women in Mexico as plot for another Rambo film (This will instead be used for Rambo V).
It is currently unknown about the status of Rambo V, so both films may never be made. The studio is the only real one who expresses interest in doing a sixth installment, so if Rambo V isn't successful or kills the character of John Rambo, the sixth installment won't be made, although some people have theorized that the sixth film will be a prequel about Rambo's life in Vietnam, with a different actor portraying Rambo.
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|Films:||First Blood • Rambo: First Blood Part II • Rambo III • Rambo|
|John Rambo on:||First Blood • First Blood Part II • Rambo III • Rambo IV • On-Screen Kills|
|Cast:||Sylvester Stallone • Richard Crenna|
|Video games:||Rambo • Rambo: First Blood Part II • Rambo (1987) • Rambo III • Rambo on Fire • Rambo (Sega) • Rambo: The Video Game|