Sylvester Stallone has been extremely busy with his Expendables franchise for the past few years, but it appears as though the actor is starting to look for future projects. We recently learned that he’s involved with a Rocky spin-off featuring Apollo Creed’s grandson, and now comes news that he could be intimately involved with a new television series based on his iconic Rambo character.
Entertainment One has announced that it has entered into a partnership with Avi Lerner and Nu Image to take Stallone’s beloved killing machine and give him his very own television series.
Last time we saw John Rambo, he’d kicked a lot of ass in Burma and had wandered back to the States. Stallone talked at length about wanting to make another film in the series, but it’s never quite come together. Perhaps a TV series can scratch that itch.
Entertainment One and Nu Image are currently in talks with Stallone to secure his involvement. What will that entail? No one knows for sure yet – but the discussion is centered on having him involved on a creative level for starters and potentially starring in the series as well.
Personally, I’d be surprised to see Stallone – who’s a movie star – make the jump to television. That being said, I’d much rather see him playing an older Rambo than a TV series that recasts the character with a younger actor. If Stallone stars, it seems like a given that someone will pick up this series, and there will probably be some intense competition for the rights to air it.
What do you guys think? Do you want a weekly Rambo series? Is Stallone too old to pull this off? [via Coming Soon]
El Mariachi series in development for Latin America
As it turns out, John Rambo isn’t the only big-screen action star potentially making the leap to television. Sony is currently set to produce 70 episodes of a new series based on Robert Rodriguez’s El Mariachi – with the catch being this is apparently only for the Latin American market.
The series will look to repackage the action, adventure and romance of the films (Rodriguez followed the original with Desperado and Once Upon a Time in Mexico) into a weekly hour-long drama.
Ivan Arana will star as the troubled mariachi seeking revenge, and he’ll be joined by Marta Higareda and Julio Bracho.
I’m kinda bummed we won’t get to see this here in the States. I’ve always liked Rodriguez’s Mariachi films (Desperado being my favorite) and a series based around the character should be pretty entertaining.