Stallone is set to breathe life into Rambo for the fifth time, with a new adaptation appearing on the small screen. Sly will produce a TV version of the story with Fox, which will explore the relationship between Rambo and his son.
The original 1982 classic, First Blood, was a huge hit both critically and commercially, becoming a cult classic. Stallone played the protagonist, John Rambo, a damaged Vietnam War veteran who goes on the run from a local Sheriff and his colleagues.
Three subsequent sequels have followed: Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985), Rambo III (1988) and Rambo (2008). However, none of them lived up to the success of the original. Rather than a continuation of Rambo's story, the TV series will introduce the character's son, J.R., an ex-Navy SEAL. Stallone is also due to reprise his role.
A New Generation
This'll be the second Stallone franchise to hand over the baton to a younger generation. Oscar tipped Creed, released on November 25th, see's Michael B. Jordan taking center stage as Apollo Creed's son, Adonis Johnson Creed.
Presumably, there will be scope for Fox to allow any finalized series on streaming services; for example Fox series Gotham and Sleepy Hollow have both been made available on Netflix.
Could Gosling Feature?
With Rambo's son set to be one of the integral characters, who could play the role? Well, this could get very, very interesting. Stallone himself has recently said if he could choose any actor to play Rambo, he'd pick Ryan Gosling.
Gosling himself responded with delight to this notion:
"That is incredible. He's one of my favorite actors. Just the fact that he knows my name is exciting. He's the best, I'm genuinely touched that he said that."
Now I may be putting 2 and 2 together and coming up with 6, but how amazing would it be to see Gosling feature in the TV series? A lot will depend on the budget, but Gosling and Stallone clearly share mutual respect, and with Stallone producing it's not too inconceivable.