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‘Rambo: New Blood’ Father-Son TV Series In Works At Fox With Sylvester Stallone

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After lengthy negotiations, Fox has closed a development deal for Rambo: New Blood, a TV series based on the hit featureFox logo horizontal franchise, with Sylvester Stallone executive producing. I hear conflicting information whether Stallone has a deal in place to act in the project, about Rambo and his son, though he certainly has the option to do so. Some sources indicate that the actor would reprise his role as the famous renegade soldier, which he has played in all four Rambo movies to date, while others say that he won’t appear in the series.

Written by feature writer Jeb Stuart (Die Hard, The Fugitive), the Rambo TV series, from Entertainment One and Avi Lerner’s Millennium Films,sylvesterstallone pays homage to the films, exploring the complex relationship between Rambo and his son, J.R., an ex-Navy SEAL. J.R. is a new character not been featured in the movies that has been added as a way into the series. As the logline suggests, Rambo would be a key character on the show unlike other TV series followups, like the proposed Beverly Hills Cop series for CBS, which centered on the son of Eddie Murphy’s Axel Foley, with Murphy only slated to make occasional appearances.

Nu Image/Millenium Films, which has the rights to Rambo, and eOne originally teamed to develop a Rambo TV series in 2013 with the goal to shop it to broadcasters in the U.S. and internationally.

JEB STUARTBased on the David Morrell novel First Blood, the Rambo films center on a troubled Vietnam War veteran and former Green Beret (Stallone) who is skilled in many aspects of survival, weaponry, hand-to-hand combat and guerrilla warfare. The franchise consists of the films First Blood, Rambo: First Blood Part II, Rambo III and Rambo. Lerner and Stallone worked together on the 2008 Rambo feature and had planned a fifth installment, Rambo: Last Blood, which had been put on hold. The duo’s other action feature collaboration, the Expendables franchise, also is getting a TV adaptation at Fox with them executive producing. The Expendables event series, now in development, has NCIS: LA‘s Shane Brennan serving as showrunner.

eoneshortlogoThe Rambo TV series will be produced by eOne in partnership with Millenium Films, with Stuart, Stallone and Lerner executive producing and eOne handling worldwide rights in all media. At eOne, the project is being overseen by EVP Carrie Stein.

On TV, Rambo previously got animated treatment with the 1986 syndicated series Rambo: The Force of Freedom.

Stallone is coming off the strong debut of the latest installment in another signature feature franchise, Rocky. Offshoot Creed opened to impressive $42.6 million in the domestic boxoffice and overwhelmingly positive reviews, with Stallone tipped as a possible Oscar contender for reprising his role as the retired professional boxer. He is repped by WME.

Stuart recently wrote two miniseries projects for History, The Liberators and Boys of 67. He is repped by UTA, Kaplan Perrone and attorney John Meigs.

Rambo: New Blood joins a slew of other TV series based on features that are in the works at the broadcast networks. NBC gave a series order to Taken and also is developing new takes on Cruel Intentions, In The Line Of Fire and All of Me. Fox also has a Lethal Weapon, Think Like A Man and Behind Enemy Lines series in the works, ABC is rebooting My Big Friend’s Wedding, CBS is developing Training Day, and the CW has The Notebook.

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18 Comments

  1. eye rollon Dec 1, 2015 7:25 am

    Fantastic — I can see it now: ‘Rambo and Son’. Cue the theme (something like the one used on ‘Alf’) as father and son share precious moments together — learning the Rambo yell while shooting a machine gun, shooting more machine guns and having a good laugh while water boarding prisoners.

  2. Fanon Dec 1, 2015 8:25 am

    The trouble with all these feature spin offs is that networks are seduced by the brand, but the truth is there’s nothing there to sustain a long running show. Take away the Rambo name and you’ve just got a Green Beret and his Navy Seal son getting into scrapes. Not the basis for a multi season show. They will be doing the ‘dream’ episode half way through season one. And Rambo will jump the Afghan shark at the start of season two.

  3. Forgot my underwear in my other pantson Dec 1, 2015 8:28 am

    Will it be anything like Sanford and Sons?

    • bill blankenshipon Dec 1, 2015 11:10 am

      yes. copious bottles of Ripple!

  4. Empire is for Sucka MC'son Dec 1, 2015 8:39 am

    I thought Gary and Dana were supposed to save Fox… this is right out of Kevin Reilly’s playbook.

  5. Anonymouson Dec 1, 2015 8:40 am

    Sly needs to focus on getting that Oscar nom, not reprising characters that stole his cred as an actual acting talent.

    • themgron Dec 2, 2015 4:45 pm

      lol “acting talent”

  6. Cary Coatneyon Dec 1, 2015 9:04 am

    Please make it stop.

    We’re better off watching the cartoon.

    ~

    Coat

  7. Will Grahamon Dec 1, 2015 9:10 am

    I guess this means V has been canned, about this time last year it looked like they were getting ready for production on it.
    I don’t mind if there isn’t anymore films, the last one had the best ending for the character and to be honest I didn’t think Sly was too old to make the last one but I think he’s pushing it now.

    Can’t say this excites me, the success of this show would depend on whether Stallone turns up for more than one episode, oh and if it’s any good of course.

    • Forgot my underwear in my other pantson Dec 3, 2015 4:35 am

      They could superimpose his face on to Cody Walkers body.

  8. dark passengeron Dec 1, 2015 9:26 am

    You can see plenty of bad action shows on TV already, so the writing has to be top notch. Also the “Rambo” title just doesn’t matter if Sly isn’t in it. You may as well call it “Random Soldier and his Son” without Sly.

  9. Best Friendson Dec 1, 2015 9:41 am

    “Courtship of Eddie’s Father” but with bad intentions.

  10. jarvis livingstonon Dec 1, 2015 2:20 pm

    The Expendables sounds good – it would and could actually work; a modern day a team if you will

    rambo not so much

  11. Danon Dec 1, 2015 2:40 pm

    As Fan above said, I don’t think Rambo is sustainable for TV. I am a fan of Stallone and Rambo, but I would rather prefer a movie. I will no doubt watch the TV show, but I doubt that they can keep it interesting long enough

  12. sharonon Dec 1, 2015 3:35 pm

    What about a gay character in the new series?
    The Son of Rambow can be gay or bisexual and be in a relationship with a guy.

    • Anonymouson Dec 1, 2015 9:39 pm

      Great – Rainbow & Son

      • Manager201@gmail.comon Dec 2, 2015 6:09 pm

        He likes money leave him alone! None of us will watch it! Is it going to compete with
        Homelands (give me a break) this is Sly we Re talking about.
        If he gets a Oscar.Nomination for Creed over the Guys from Spotlight and Bridge of Spies and so many other great supporting actors thanthan I give up

      • Manager201@gmail.comon Dec 2, 2015 6:19 pm

        He likes money leave him alone! None of us will watch it! Is it going to compete with
        Homeland (give me a break) this is Sly we are talking about.
        If he gets a Oscar Nomination for Creed over the Guys from Spotlight and Bridge of Spy’s and so many other great supporting Actirs I give up. He is a lucky man and Creed was his Best work in a long time . But he has not done anything of any note for years Let us not forget Grudge Match