Sylvester Stallone spoke with Entertainment Weekly about the progress on the fourth Rambo film. The last installment Rambo III was released in 1988 and Stallone, the writer/director/producer of the film gave the publication the following tidbits of information:
The film does not have an official title nor a studio to distribute the movie. Stallone expects production to begin this October.
''You know, it's hard,'' says the 60-year-old star. ''Politics have changed so much. Who do we fight? The Finns? You can't do that. The Dutch? That's not gonna work. Wooden shoes are not gonna look cool.'' Stallone may be joking, but finding Rambo a fresh foe was actually a serious problem for the Nu Image/ Millennium Films production. After ruling out the Mideast, Africa, and Korea, the actor finally hit on a solution.
As the last film was released almost 20 years ago, Stallone was looking for a modern foe to fight against .. he ruled out the possibility that the new enemy would be based in the Middle-east, Africa, and Korea. The actor says ''I called Soldier of Fortune magazine and said, 'What is the most critical man-doing-inhumanity-to-man situation right now in the world? Where is it?''' The answer was Burma.
The first draft of the screenplay has been written by Stallone with Art Monterastelli (The Hunted) and finds Rambo living a monastic lifestyle in Bangkok and salvaging old PT boats and tanks for scrap metal. When a group of volunteers bringing supplies into Burma disappears, a relative of one of the missing missionaries begs Rambo to find them. He heads off with a team of young guns to find them.