This may be out of the box, but I’ve always kinda felt that the Rambo series lacked a certain . . . refinement. The original Rambo included the phrase: “Don’t push it – or I’ll give you a war you won’t believe!” (You go, girl!) Subsequent Rambos didn’t exactly knock out their GREs, and the latest rumor (according to Comingsoon.net) is that Rambo 5 will be called Rambo: Last Blood.
It might take you a minute, but think about it: 1982’s Rambo was called First Blood. So, following a very arcane chain of logic, it makes sense that the fifth installment would be called Last Blood. Who knows if this Blood will be the last Blood, but given the film’s strong commercial performance (the 2008 production earned $113.2 million worldwide on a $50 million dollar budget), it’s only fair to expect a masterpiece.
Rambo 5 will be written by our modern day Thomas Hardy, Stallone himself. And while details of the plot remain nebulous, a former press release stated:
“With Rambo 5, Stallone returns in his iconic role. This time he goes up against a Mexican cartel. Stallone describes the new Rambo as his version of ‘No Country for Old Men.’”
I’m very curious to see a Stallone riff on the Coen film, but I imagine more . . . limbs? And lots of . . . blood? Other rumors have surfaced that Last Blood will be based on Huggins’ novel “Hunter” (about a killer beast capable of destroying civilization ITSELF), but the rumors are irrelevant, since no one who goes to see Rambo expects fine-tuned narrative complexity (“I’ll give you a war you won’t believe!”).
Last Blood is also the name of a Rambo-based flash game. You can play it at work right here.