ByMark Newton, writer at
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Mark Newton

Film is dead! Long live television! Well, that's what it's beginning to look like anyway. The last few months has seen a multitude of film properties making the jump to the small screen. We've already had Hannibal and Bates Motel, Sleepy Hollow and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. are on the way, while there is also talk of The Exorcist, Dusk Till Dawn and El Mariachi all getting their own TV shows.

Now we can add one more massive film franchise to that list. Yep, Rambo will be bringing his bulging biceps, red bandana and M60 machine gun to the small screen. The Hollywood Reporter has announced that Entertainment One and Avi Lerner's Nu Image have just signed a deal to produce a television series based on everyone's favorite 1980s mass-widow-maker.

Of course, the next big question is this: Will be involved? Well, the answer to that is a simple 'maybe'. Sly is currently in talks to participate in the venture on a "creative level" although the possibility to Stallone reprising his most iconic role is being discussed.

This isn't the only Stallone film which is planning to be rebooted on television. We also recently learned that is likely to relaunch the Stallone-starring crime drama Cop Land for television.

And now to top everything off here is some of the usual corporate BS that studios release when these kind of things happen. Entertainment One CEO John Morayniss got his PA to write up the following statement:

The ability to fuse the big screen and the small screen through Avi's feature film expertise and eOne's domestic production capabilities and international distribution infrastructure, makes for a highly complementary partnership.

Lovely stuff. What do you think? Are you pleased to hear of this project, or is another cynical attempt to cash in on a highly recognized property? Give me your opinion below.


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