Incidentally, the Rambo franchise wasn't always a pure action franchise, as First Blood contained a fair amount of drama to it as well and with Stallone's recent work on Creed which saw his other famous character Rocky Balboa suffering through a bout of Cancer that nearly killed him, it shouldn't be surprising if Stallone - who co-wrote this movie with Matt Cirulnick - taking this seemingly last Rambo movie in the same direction.
Stallone, who is now 72 years old, is definitely moving on in years (though you wouldn't think it based on his fitness) and so it makes sense for him to look into retiring another of his popular characters and rather go out on his own terms rather than wait for old age and nature to do it for him. Obviously, "last" points to that, but it's also worth noting that Rambo 5 carries an actual, meaningful subtitle that seems to provide further evidence of the fifth film being the final in the series. It really does sound like it'll be one last ride for the action hero, because according to The Hollywood Reporter the next instalment is titled Rambo 5: Last Blood - offering some pleasing symmetry to the original entry, First Blood.
Stallone last played the role of John Rambo in 2008's Rambo, which earned $113.2 million worldwide on a $50 million budget. Spanish star Paz Vega (Spanglish, The OA) has also joined the cast, and will play "Carmen Delgado, a reporter who covers the Mexican drug trade and teams up with Rambo after her younger half-sister is kidnapped".
THR also stated that the movie will see Rambo "take on the Mexican drug cartels after the daughter of one of his friends is kidnapped".
Meanwhile, Stallone has shared some more set photos of his new cowboy Rambo look.
Millennium was previously planning a Rambo reboot movie with Israeli helmer Ariel Vroman (The Iceman, Criminal) behind the camera and Brooks McLaren penning the script with the aim of recasting the role created in David Morrell's 1972 novel "First Blood" and popularized in the four films starring Sylvester Stallone.
"The synopsis reads: "[The movie] finds him living in a ranch in Arizona, deeply troubled and wrestling with PTSD as he picks up casual work wherever he can. Soon his friend and estate manager Maria informs him that her granddaughter went missing after crossing into Mexico for a party, so John travels south of the border to find the youngster.
Get The Gringo director Adrian Grunberg is at the helm of Last Blood.
He has a great pedigree working gritty action and crime projects like the Netflix TV show Narcos and films like Man on Fire, Edge of Darkness and Traffic.
Rambo 5: Last Blood is set for release in Autumn 2019.