: Things are heating up in regards to the Venice Film Festival
after we exclusively reported
yesterday that Warner Bros’ Joker
is eyeing the awards season launchpad.
Now comes word that Sylvester Stallone
could light up the Lido with Rambo: Last Blood
, which is due to get a September 20 release stateside via Lionsgate
and an Italian release soon after. Nothing has been set, but buzz is building about a potential special screening. Sly has previous history with the festival having received its Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker Award in 2009 and also being on hand for the official screening of Cop Land
back in 1997.
Said Stallone in Cannes, “In every film, Rambo never goes home, he goes out the to the jungle or Afghanistan. In the new one, he does come home, but in a way he never arrives. He’s there, but he’s not. That’s what the whole story is built around. As soon as he walks outside his door, he has no more control. The world controls you.” He also added, “There’s going to be some serious vengeance in this movie. A lot of people getting hurt.”
Speculation is building about potential Venice titles with private screenings for the festival under way. The event, which runs August 28 – September 7, will make its lineup announcement on July 25. Beyond the movies we highlighted yesterday, another that could be in the mix is the Safdie brothers’ Uncut Gems, which is meant to be strong.
One more Lido potential to keep an eye on is a TV series. The only two small screen dramas to debut at Venice so far are HBO’s Mildred Pierce and Paolo Sorrentino’s The Young Pope. The follow-up to the latter is currently in post-production so will probably be in the conversation. It seems likely that one of the growing number of high-end series emanating from Italy will make it to the festival.