Coming right on the heels of Creed's successful debut last week, Sylvester Stallone is poised to bring another classic franchise to television. TheWrap reports that the Rocky star has just closed a deal to develop Rambo: New Blood, a new Fox drama that pays homage to the original 1982 film and its followups.
Rambo: New Blood will reportedly explore the relationship between John Rambo, the troubled Vietnam veteran who solves problems with rocket launchers, and his son J.R., an ex-Navy SEAL. Talks for a Rambo TV series have been ongoing since 2013, but not much else is known about the series at the moment. In fact, it's still uncertain whether or not Stallone himself will appear in the series, though John Rambo is said to be a key character.
Do we need Rambo on TV?
The new Rambo series, along with the likes of Minority Report and Limitless, is now yet another TV retread based on a movie to be announced in recent years. For Fox, it makes some sense; considering the fact that First Blood and its sequels were the kind of military action movies that helped define the 1980s, it's easy enough to imagine the update to fill the void left by 24. But John Rambo existed in a world where killing foreign nationals with big guns and bigger muscles was a fun night at the movies. Do we really need Rambo on TV?