Sylvester Stallone’s final ‘Rambo’ movie will be released later this year. The fifth instalment in the iconic franchise ‘Rambo: Last Blood’ is scheduled for a September 20, 2019 release, according to Deadline.
The 71-year-old actor first played the Vietnam veteran John Rambo in 1982 and the upcoming movie will see Rambo’s path cross with a Mexican cartel. Stallone was initially expected to direct the movie as well as star, but that’s not now believed to be the case.
John Rambo was the lead character in the 1972 novel ‘First Blood’, written by David Morrell. The book was adapted into a film of the same name in 1982. The franchise then spawned sequels ‘Rambo: First Blood Part II’ in 1985 and ‘Rambo III’ in 1988.
Whilst the former was a box office hit, the latter of the two flopped when it hit screens, and the character subsequently lay dormant until Stallone revived him for a 2008 movie simply entitled ‘Rambo’.
Stallone recently worked on another franchise, ‘Creed II’, the follow-up to Rocky spin-off ‘Creed’, and last year began filming ‘Expendables 4’, despite previous speculation he’d quit the series. In April 2017 Nu Image/Millennium chief Lerner hinted Stallone had quit the franchise due to creative “disagreements” with him, but admitted there was still a chance he could be involved in the fourth film.