Last week, it was announced that Fox is moving forward with the TV series Rambo: New Blood, which will follow John and his son on a new set of adventures as they work through their strained father and son relationship. At the time, it was said that original star Sylvester Stallone was involved in the series as an executive producer. And it was thought that he might reprise his role as John Rambo. Today, Deadline reports that is not the case.
Rambo: New Blood will not include Sylvester Stallone in any capacity. The actor originated the role in the 1982 action classic First Blood. He then went onto play the character in three more sequels. And to date, no one else has ever played the role. That may change soon, though, as the new TV series will still focus on the relationship between John and his son. Here's what a spokesperson for Sylvester Stallone had to say.
"Contrary to reports, Sylvester Stallone has opted not to participate in the planned Rambo television series in any way at all."
This is what Sylvester Stallone had to say about the project and his non-involvement.
"I wish the others well with the project."
Entertainment One and Avi Lerner's Millennium Films are behind the new TV drama. They have been trying to get Sylvester Stallone on board for several years. The project was first announced way back in 2013. At that time, it was believed that the action icon was in negotiations to help bring this latest iteration of the Rambo story to the small screen. The hope always was that Stallone would help out creatively as well as reprise his character.
When Fox recently bought Rambo: New Blood, they believed that Sylvester Stallone was on board. Though the extend of his involvement was always in debate. Sources close to the actor claim he never had a formal deal for the series. Without Sly's presence, it's believed that Fox will not move forward with the project, but it could easily find a new home on another network, or possibly a pay cable channel were the violence can be pushed to the edge.
Sylvester Stallone, however, is still serving as executive producer on The Expendables TV show, which is expected to debut next year on Fox. It will be a continuation of the film franchise, and will see some of TV's biggest former action icons come together for new weekly missions. And Sylvester Stallone may appear as his character in that film series, Barney Ross.
At the time Rambo: New Blood was announced last week, it was said that Rambo: Last Blood, the fifth and final film in the series, was being put on indefinite hold. Though, that news came just days after Sylvester Stallone announced that writing had begun on the sequel. At this time, it isn't known what is happening with the film side of the Rambo property. What do you think? Will you watch a John Rambo TV show that doesn't include Sly Stallone?