After four films and over $700 million at the box office, John Rambo is making his way to the small screen. Fox and Sylvester Stallone have inked a deal to develop a one-hour drama series based on the iconic troubled vet titled RAMBO: NEW BLOOD.
The project will take place within the original timeline of the films and follow the complex relationship between Rambo and his son, J.R., an ex-Navy Seal.
Stallone is on board to executive produce the project with Jeb Stuart (Die Hard, The Fugitive) penning the pilot and producing as well. They will be joined by Avi Lerner and his Millennium Films shingle as well as Entertainment One, with eOne handling worldwide rights.
It is not yet clear whether Stallone will reprise his role as Rambo. He is nearing seventy but has maintained his profile as an action star with The Expendables franchise.
Stallone has had success of late with revamped franchises. Rocky spinoff Creed opened to glowing reviews and has taken in $44 million domestic in its early release. Coming up, he’ll be lending his voice to a pair of animated features, Ratchet and Clank and Animal Crackers, both currently in post-production.
Stallone is repped by WME. Stuart is repped by UTA and Kaplan/Perrone Entertainment.
Michael O'Sullivan | Contributor