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Film Announcements: Stallone’s ‘Rambo 5’ Greenlit

RamboThe “Saw” franchise doesn’t have jack on Sly’s ability to keep a brand going. According to Variety, Stallone will be preparing for a fifth Rambo as Nu Image/Millennium Films plans to begin production in the spring. Sly will return as director, writer, and star, the same duties he took on for 2008’s “Rambo”.

Hit the jump for plot details and more information, including the action-star heavy “The Expendables” film.

Variety describes the story as “[revolving] around Rambo fighting his way through human traffickers and drug lords to rescue a young girl abducted near the U.S.-Mexico border.”

The fifth film in the Rambo series proves that Stallone still has a following. Sylvester’s own Rocky series, which he wrote, starred, and directed (save for the first), had its sixth film in 2006 with “Rocky Balboa”. However, unlike the generally positive reviews that “Balboa” received (76% on the Tomatometer), “Rambo” did not fare as well (37%).

Despite the reviews, “Rambo” was a box office success for Stallone and Nu Image/Millennium Films, bringing in $42.7 million domestically on its way to a $113 million worldwide gross.

Currently in post-production by Nu Image/Millennium Films is the Stallone actioner “The Expendables”, due April 23. Sly has lent his services as writer, director, and star again, but this time he has gathered a who’s-who of action film stars: Jason Statham, Jet Li, Mickey Rourke, Dolph Lundgren, Eric Roberts, Randy Couture and Steve Austin with cameos by Arnold Schwarzenegger (spelled right on the first time) and Bruce Willis.

Having only seen the first two films of both franchises, I clearly have some catching up to do.

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