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[24.10.2007] Bei IESB gibt es neben mehreren Szenenbildern auch den neuen offiziellen "Rambo" Trailer...

[19.10.2007] Via Moviehole kommt ein neues Teaser-Poster für den neuen "Rambo"...

[14.10.2007] Harry von AICN sprach mit Sylvester Stallone über den neuen Titel...
[...] I honestly had no idea why he was calling, as I hadn't read the site today. He starts off with something along the lines of, "Boy, them talkbackers are ripping me apart for the title change." Ah... I had read an email from AB KING before going to sleep that Lionsgate was saying the title was gonna be something along the lines of RAMBO: TO HELL AND BACK. Personally, I hated the change. Sly stated, "You know Lionsgate jumped the gun on this. I just was thinking that the title JOHN RAMBO was derivative of ROCKY BALBOA and might give people the idea that this is the last Rambo film, and I don't necessarily feel that it will be. He's not an athlete, there's no reason he can't continue onto another adventure. Like John Wayne with THE SEARCHERS."
I like that. Next Sly stated that he was thinking something like BLOOD RIVER - and asked what I thought about that. It was at this point where I felt, I should just let Sly know how I felt about all this title change stuff. I told him that I didn't feel the title JOHN RAMBO meant that this was the last Rambo movie, but that like with ROCKY BALBOA - it was more about a personal journey for the character. That JOHN RAMBO meant less cartoonish and a commitment to making the franchise a real quality return to the character. That the title, without a hyphen or a colon meant - this was a story about JOHN RAMBO.
That seemed to resonate with Sly and he stated, "Alright, that's the title. JOHN RAMBO."
So folks - There you have it. Sly listened to you and to me. The title looks to be JOHN RAMBO and it looks like, this might not be his final adventure. Seems Sly has a taste for the character again. [...]

[12.10.2007] CS! meldet...
Lionsgate has a new name for writer/director/producer/star Sylvester Stallone's latest Rambo installment -- Rambo to Hell and Back. Co-starring Julie Benz, Matthew Marsden, Graham McTavish, Rey Gallegos, Jake La Botz, Tim Kang and Paul Schulze, the action-thriller opens in theaters on January 25.
Here's how the studio describes the movie:
Twenty years after the last film in the series, John Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) has retreated to northern Thailand, where he's running a longboat on the Salween River. On the nearby Thai-Burma (Myanmar) border, the world's longest-running civil war, the Burmese-Karen conflict, rages into its 60th year. But Rambo, who lives a solitary, simple life in the mountains and jungles fishing and catching poisonous snakes to sell, has long given up fighting, even as medics, mercenaries, rebels and peace workers pass by on their way to the war-torn region.
That all changes when a group of human rights missionaries search out the "American river guide" John Rambo. When Sarah (Julie Benz) and Michael Bennett (Paul Schulze) approach him, they explain that since last year's trek to the refugee camps, the Burmese military has laid landmines along the road, making it too dangerous for overland travel. They ask Rambo to guide them up the Salween and drop them off, so they can deliver medical supplies and food to the Karen tribe. After initially refusing to cross into Burma, Rambo takes them, dropping off Sarah, Michael and the aid workers...
Less than two weeks later, pastor Arthur Marsh (Ken Howard) finds Rambo and tells him the aid workers did not return and the embassies have not helped locate them. He tells Rambo he's mortgaged his home and raised money from his congregation to hire mercenaries to get the missionaries, who are being held captive by the Burmese army. Although the United States military trained him to be a lethal super soldier in Vietnam, decades later Rambo's reluctance for violence and conflict are palpable, his scars faded, yet visible. However, the lone warrior knows what he must do...

[27.09.2007] Der TV-Sender VOX zeigt heute um 22.35 Uhr "Rambo II - Der Auftrag"... Die Wiederholung läuft um 2.45 Uhr...

[12.09.2007] Bei Moviehole gibt es eine Kritik zum "John Rambo"-Drehbuch (B)... Vorsicht SPOILER !!!
[...] really liked this new version of Rambo. As he did with the last Rocky, Stallone - who knows the character better than anyone - has crafted a screenplay that has more in common with the first film than the last. There are many action set pieces in this draft, but they’re more realistic and more intimate.
There are also exceedingly bloody. People don’t just die in this thing. They explode and rain down red on their friends who are left stunned.
Many folks have complained that Rambo could be overshadowed by the mercenaries he has with him. I have to say, this is not true. The mercs, who all have individual personalities, help our aged hero but their presence is necessary. After all, Stallone is chasing realism with this script, and having Rambo kill around 100 soldiers would probably shatter that. Does this mean Rambo is less effective?
Not by a long shot! [...]

[08.09.2007] Der mehr als blutige "Rambo IV: John Rambo" R-Rated Trailer ist online...

[04.07.2007] Moviehole meldet...
French site Allocine talked to Aussie Custom’s favourite film star, Sly Stallone, about his next international import "John Rambo".
Among the topics discussed in the chat - kindly translated by fan site Stallone Zone - was how the fourth Rambo came about.
Says Sir Sly, "There is this huge feeling of pride for me to plunge back into the heart of this character that has been around for more than 20 years. For Rambo IV -the title being John Rambo- we filmed in Mexico and in Thailand and despite some logistic problems it was a unique experience. It was unbelievable to see that many of my fans, everywhere in the world, are not people of my age, but are very young. It is unbelievable to see that ROCKY and RAMBO have became timeless. I wrote these films for people of my age, but it is the young generation today that will see these films. John Rambo's theme is different in comparison with Rocky Balboa's. For Rocky, it was a matter that no matter what the age one can always make a comeback and continue to be at the top. While in the new Rambo, it is a matter of denouncing atrocities wherever injustice happens or in John Rambo addressing the horrible incidents in Myanmmar (Burma)."
Stallone, who played "Judge Dredd" a few years back, mentioned why he hasn’t been able to create any other characters - besides Rambo and Rocky - who have become legendary.
"It is really difficult at this stage to create a new "character" like ROCKY or RAMBO. I don't have the time or youth to create a new Rambo or Rocky. And the new generation of young people never saw or grew up on Rambo and they are finally discovering Rocky. Rocky is the "clear" side of me and Rambo the "obscure" side. It is necessary for me to denounce atrocities! The last Rambo had too much action and it was not very believable. John Rambo contains a lot of action and I know that it is risky in this state of my career, but I want John Rambo to come back to his origins - his revolutionary side." [...]

[02.06.2007] Moviehole meldet...
John Rambo has knocked at the Lionsgate and they’ve answered.
The studio - not surprisingly, since they’re the current owners of the past films - were more than happy to give the new sequel - "John Rambo" - a home.
The publicity site for Lionsgate gives little else up other than they now own the title.
Oh... besides this little synopsis :
In Thailand, a group of Christian aid workers recruit John Rambo to guide them up the Salween River to deliver medical supplies to the Karen tribe of neighboring Burma (aka Myanmar). When the missionaries fail to return, Rambo is persuaded to take a group of mercenaries back into the war-torn border region to find them. What follows is a descent into hell on earth.
Sylvester Stallone writes, directs, produces and stars as JOHN RAMBO, filmed on location in and around Chiang Mai, Thailand. Also starring are Julie Benz ("Dexter"), Matthew Marsden (RESIDENT EVIL: EXTINCTION, BLACK HAWK DOWN), Graham McTavish (HBO's "Rome"), Rey Gallegos (AMERICAN WEDDING), Jake La Botz (GHOST WORLD), Tim Kang ("Third Watch") and Paul Schulze (HBO’s "The Sopranos"). JOHN RAMBO is produced by Avi Lerner, Kevin King (ROCKY BALBOA) and John Thompson (KING OF CALIFORNIA). Executive producers are Andreas Thiesmeyer, Avi Lerner, Josef Lautenschlager and Florian Lechner. Director of Photography is Glen MacPherson (16 BLOCKS). Production Designer is Franco Carbone (ROCKY BALBOA) and the Costume Designer is Lizz Wolf.
The cast list - you’ll notice - does not include Sam Elliot. Hopefully that’ll put an end to those ‘Elliot’ rumours.

[21.05.2007] Erste bewegte Bilder: "Rambo IV: John Rambo" Special Footage Trailer ist online !!! Und AICN schreibt dazu...
[...] I had a message from Sly Stallone. That's right, our buddy was back from Thailand and, "The toughest, most grueling shoot of my entire life!" There were bugs and all manners of scary things coming out of the dark on the shoot - and while Stallone was in Thailand, JOHN RAMBO was in BURMA - and Stallone isn't fucking around.
The footage we have for you is something that Sly put together to show distributors and folks at Cannes... but, he wanted to see what you Talkbackers thought about what he had for us. So - for 2 days, this footage will be hosted here on AICN. And then, I'm taking it down. But I watched this with a group of about 15 friends tonight and when... you'll see... happens, and then, it keeps happening - we were screaming and applauding and being so happy to see RAMBO doing the shit Rambo was created for. THIS ISN'T WATERED DOWN, THIS IS TURNED UP.
That said - you should know that this footage isn't done - and Stallone still intends to add more blood and "ARROWS" to this stuff. Sly is also watching this talkback to see what you guys think, so be honest and straight with the man. [...]

[17.05.2007] Bei gibt es die ersten offiziellen Bilder...

[14.05.2007] Bei Moviehole gibt es neben einem Bild folgenden Auszug aus einem Interview mit Stallone...
[...] "The film is about a restless veteran of Vietnam with a budget that is approximately 50 Million and produced by John Thompson...RAMBO was presold all over the world Thompson tells: " we found an intact interest for this character/maladjusted person who is much more than a machine of war" Thompson states during a break looking at the sequence that is hardly finished. Its director Sly, with a Cuban cigar in his lips, says: " during the years where my phone never rang I thought -with pain and resignation- that for me as actor it was finished. I felt that Rocky and Rambo had the capacity nevertheless to boost me. The success of my last Rocky film offered Rambo a second life. I reshaped the last adaptations and I wondered, what is the current war today which goes by most unnoticed and that which immortalizes genocides and violence and creates maladjusted persons, rebels, mercenaries to summarize the wreck of any peace ideal? I met war correspondents; I read a lot! Everyone that I interviewed answered me: there is a terrible political, social, religious war in Burma.
"I went there, I crossed the country and I wrote this story. " So many years are crossed since RAMBO had been born in 1982 (with FIRST BLOOD) and in the President of the USA at that time was Ronald Reagan, who often quoted the hero in his speeches. " Rambo was always apolitical, the others used him in diverse purposes. I continue to make my cinema based on social realism. In the film, there is no word against the USA. I want to speak about the Country, the truth , with people of any races or classes. But at the beginning of the film this man ( Rambo) speaks once again against all the wars. Nobody ever walks away victorious of the horror of a conflict and some cult of the death and the weapons. The world is in the chaos, because of the wars many as the young people meet themselves more than ever disorientated in the society ". Rambo is confronted with genocides, with military power, with civil war in Burma... " [...]

[07.05.2007] CS! meldet...
Julie Benz ("Dexter") has booked the female lead in Sylvester Stallone's John Rambo, currently filming in Thailand for Millennium Films/Nu Image.
In the movie, also starring Sam Elliott, Matthew Marsden and Sai Mawng, renegade Vietnam War veteran John Rambo comes out of retirement as a boat repairman in Bangkok to track down missionary aid workers who have disappeared in the jungles of impoverished Myanmar.
Benz's credits include Jawbreaker and The Brothers.

[25.03.2007] Bei gibt es Bilder von Stallone alias Rambo am Set !!!

[16.03.2007] Moviehole meldet...
Remember Ryan Chappelle, the oily Los Angeles Regional Division Director of C.T.U in "24"? Yeah, he was the guy that Jack had to offer up to the terrorists to get what he wanted that season - - I think it was season 3 that he bit the bullet? - as you do.
Anyway, seems the man behind the suit, Paul Schulze, is becoming quite the movie star. He's currently appearing in Paramount's "Zodiac" and next up, joins Sylvester Stallone for "Rambo IV" (or whatever the hell they end up calling it; it changes every month).
The next chapter finds Rambo recruited by a group of Christian human rights missionaries to protect them against pirates.
I assume Schulze will be playing some kind of Government cronie... some kind of suit.. much like the role Kurtwood Smith played in "Rambo III". [...]

[02.03.2007] CS! meldet...
A retired rebel soldier from the jungles of eastern Myanmar has been plucked from obscurity to play a brutal Burmese officer opposite Hollywood star Sylvester Stallone in his latest "Rambo" movie.
Reuters reports that Sai Mawng, 40, an ex-guerrilla from the Shan State Army, which has been fighting for independence in the former Burma since 1948, was picked from nearly 300 applicants for the part.
The producers of John Rambo had reportedly been looking for a "Burmese male, 32-40, military-looking man, character face, unlikeable."
In the movie, renegade Vietnam War veteran John Rambo comes out of retirement as a boat repairman in Bangkok to track down missionary aid workers who have disappeared in the jungles of impoverished Myanmar.
The movie is being filmed in a village near the city of Chiang Mai.

[25.02.2007] zitiert einen Insider...
[...] Went in on an audition here in Los Angeles for "Rambo 4" (thats the title we were given - no 'John Rambo', no 'Pearl of the Cobra'). They're casting for young mercenaries. Pretty standard audition. Read a couple of lines (basically the young guy I read for opposes John Rambo in a scene). I walked out of the room rather unsatisifed. Nothing new. I got an audition on this, because one of the casting directors worked with my brother - he was her trainer. So I kinda know her. She greeted me upon arrival. Anyway, she told me that the film is filming in late April, and that they have yet to cast a lot of the main roles. Sai Mawng, Matthew Marsden and Sam Ellliot had just been signed that week. All the names on IMDB are wrong. Stallone is directing.

[20.02.2007] Wie Moviehole meldet, wurde der Titel von "Rambo IV" erneut geändert und lautet nun: "John Rambo"...

[15.02.2007] CS! meldet...
British actor/singer Matt Marsden has booked a role in Rambo IV: Pearl of the Cobra, reports Variety. He'll play a mercenary who works with the title character in the Sylvester Stallone action movie. Filming begins on February 23 in Thailand.
Marsden has starred in Black Hawk Down and has roles in the upcoming DOA: Dead or Alive and Resident Evil: Extinction.

[15.12.2006] Bei Latino Review gibt es eine recht positive und sehr detaillierte Kritik zum "Rambo 4: Pearl of the Cobra"-Drehbuch (B+)... Vorsicht SPOILER !!!
[...] I will admit I was a little worried at first because the earlier drafts from the other writers, well those stories weren’t really working.
So finally what is PEARL OF THE COBRA really about?
It is no secret really but I am here to confirm that it is indeed the following:
The next chapter finds Rambo recruited by a group of Christian human rights missionaries to protect them against pirates, during a humanitarian aid deliver to the persecuted Karen people of Burma. After some of the missionaries are taken prisoner by sadistic Burmese soldiers, Rambo gets a second impossible job: to assemble a team of mercenaries to rescue the surviving relief workers.
Classic Joseph Campbell/Hero’s Journey... The story hits all the "Campbell" beats in order and quite nicely.
So what is the verdict on the script? Is it as good as ROCKY BALBOA?
The answer is a resounding yes. It is really, really good, hence the B+ rating.
Action fans of Rambo will be happy to know that the 2nd half is pure action and yes it is an extremely violent and gory. Not Apocalypto gory but pretty damn close. The violence by the sadistic PA TEE TINT and his soldiers is disturbing but from what Stallone himself said in his awesome recent interviews over at AICN - the violence is merely a reflection of the reality in that region. [...]

[03.12.2006] Bei AICN beantwortet Sylvester Stallone Fragen, u.a. zu "Rambo IV"...

[16.11.2006] Moviehole meldet, dass Vinnie Jones aka Juggernaut in "Rambo IV" mitwirken wird...

[27.10.2006] CS! meldet...
Rambo IV: In the Serpent's Eye will start shooting in Thailand early next yea [...]
Wanasiri Morakul, director of the Thailand Film Office, told The Associated Press that Sylvester Stallone will spend several weeks in Thailand in the country's lush, mountainous northern provinces.
In the latest sequel, John Rambo is pulled out of retirement in Bangkok to help find missionary aid workers who disappear as they're delivering supplies to ethnic minorities in neighboring Myanmar.
About 70 to 80 percent of the movie will be shot in Thailand - in Bangkok and the northern provinces of Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai - earning Thailand more than 200 million baht (US$5 million). [...]

[17.10.2006] CS! meldet...
In 2004, rights to produce Rambo IV: In the Serpent's Eye were transferred by the The Weinstein Company to a predecessor of film producer Nu Image, which has the action sequel in active development with Sylvester Stallone to reprise the role of Vietnam vet John Rambo.
But in a suit filed Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court, the Weinsteins claim that Nu Image recently offered distribution rights to Lionsgate, even though The Weinstein Company is supposed to have first right of refusal on the franchise. [...]

[10.10.2006] enthüllt einige Charaktere aus "Rambo IV" ... SPOILER !!!

[08.10.2006] Production Weekly meldet...
Sylvester Stallone is set to reprise his role of Vietnam vet John Rambo, in the third sequel in the "Rambo" franchise. Stallone will also produce and direct the film based on his own script titled, "Rambo IV: In The Serpent’s Eye." Production is tentatively slated for January in Thailand.
The next chapter finds Rambo recruited by a group of Christian human rights missionaries to protect them against pirates, during a humanitarian aid deliver to the persecuted Karen people of Burma. After some of the missionaries are taken prisoner by sadistic Burmese soldiers, Rambo gets a second impossible job: to assemble a team of mercenaries to rescue the surviving relief workers.

[10.04.2006] Moviehole meldet...
[...] James Brolin in theatrical release shocker. The veteran actor is set to join Sylvester Stallone for the soon-to-shoot "Rambo 4", according to
The site says Brolin is playing a character called Colonel Keating, the new authority figure in John Rambo’s life. He seems to be filling the void left by the late, great, Richard Crenna who played Colonel Trautman in the first three films.
William Keating is searching for a U.S. Fugitive whose been wrongly accused of war crimes. The fugitive and Rambo team-up to fix the wrongs, wrong the rights, correct the uncorrected, fix the fixable, blow-up the...ah, blowupable? [...] "Rambo 4", to lens in India, also stars Kim Dickens, and is based on a script by Jeb Stuart.

[12.03.2006] Moviehole meldet...
[...] the studio, says, has decided to pair director Sly Stallone with another filmmaker though - if only just to make sure that "The Contender" creator - who else thinks the show has definitely helped get these two "Rocky" and "Rambo" films, off the ground? - Danny Lerner, who’ll co-direct and make sure Stallone doesn’t snag too many close-ups of himself.
Kim Dickens ("Deadwood") is apparently in talks to play Mrs.Rambo in "Rambo 4", whilst both Ronny Cox ("Robocop") and Eddie Jones (TV’s "Lois and Clark") are up for the new role of Corporal Keating (or, as I see it, Trautman : The Next Generation).
Sounds like the film’s gearing up too, says Stallone has already announced he’ll be filming in certain parts of India, including Jammu and Leh in Jammu and Kashmir.

[01.03.2006] Moviehole meldet...
A number of notable film vets are in talks to join Sylvester Stallone for the recently announced "Rambo 4", says
George Kennedy leads a pack of actors that are under consideration to play the role of Rambo's special Corporal in the film, says the site.
WWII veteran Kennedy is no stranger to action, having starred in such classics as TV’s "Gunsmoke", as well as the films "Airport", "Cahill U.S. Marshal", "The Delta Force", and "Hired to Kill". In more recent years, he’s more known for his role as Captain Ed Hocken in the four "Naked Gun" comedies.
Also being considered for that role is TV legend Ed Asner, Ken Kercheval ("Surviving In LA") and Ronny Cox, familiar for his roles in the "Robocop" and "Beverly Hills Cop" series.
An equally important role to be filled is that of Rambo’s wife in the film. Apparently the two contenders at the moment are "Boston Public" fave Missy Yager and "Deadwood" regular Kim Dickens.

[13.02.2006] Moviehole meldet...
Sylvester Stallone will indeed be in charge of everything-bandana on the set of "Rambo 4".
The ageing action hero has officially signed on to direct the new sequel, tells one of the films producers.
Stallone had been talking to Ridley Scott and Renny Harlin to direct, but ultimately decided to take the reigns himself when the studio offered him an ‘Executive Producer’ tag to boot.
Artist W. Robinson, best known for his work on the "Indiana Jones" films, has been hired as first assistant director. Also in talks are Stuart Baird ("U.S Marshals") who would do some second-unit stuff and John Murphy, who’d compose the score. Another rumour that’s doing the rounds is that Sly has asked footballer Kyle Turley to play a role in the film.

[08.02.2006] meldet...
Either Sylvester Stallone is feeling a little too nostalgic or he thinks the only way he can make money is to make sequels to the franchises that made him a star because he's apparently looking to shoot RAMBO IV immediately following work on ROCKY 6. He's quoted in "Variety" as saying:
"It'll be back to back. After I am done with Rocky, I'll go straight with Rambo."
They apparently also mention that there's presently no director attached but Stallone would likely end up writing and directing himself. [...]

[07.11.2005] Moviehole meldet...
It’s "Rambo" fever at the AFM at the moment - as Nu Image seek to interest a few more wallets into unbuttoning their change department in their vicinity.
John Thompson, the head of production at Nu Image/Millennium Films, said :
"We're working on a script right now. We're trying to find the right elements that will bring back the old RAMBO fans and still create enough curiosity to draw in the younger audience, without going through the same old formula of machine-gunning down a bunch of Afghanis or terrorists. We want to come up with something fresh and innovative..."
"This is another chapter in his life. Rambo is still an angry man, but he never wants to get into trouble, he never wants to get into a confrontation and he doesn't want to fight until there is no other choice."
A poster for the Stallone starrer has gone up here.
Meantime, an insider (an agent) has managed to find the wish-list of directors that the studio hopes to coax into directing "Rambo 4". They are "Blade" helmer Stephen Norrington, "Beverly Hills Cop" great Martin Brest, "The Great Raid" director John Dahl, and "Frequency" director Gregory Hoblit.

[28.10.2005] meldet...
The franchise that drew "First Blood" is back with a fourth installment. Millennium Films in conjunction with Emmett/Furla Films and Equity Pictures are partnering on a $50 million "Rambo IV." Sylvester Stallone is attached to star. The story centers on former Vietnam vet John Rambo, who is living a reclusive life back home in the U.S. But when a girl goes missing, he is forced to abandon his quiet lifestyle and take justice into his own hands. No director is attached, and the screenplay is in the early stages.

[30.05.2005] CS! meldet...
US-based film production company Nu Image/Millennium Films have acquired the film rights to the "Rambo" film franchise from Miramax/Dimension Films, with principal shooting for Rambo IV to begin in Sofia, Bulgaria in January 2006, with filming locations in India and the USA.
Sylvester Stallone, the Italian-American film actor who played the titular role in the "Rambo" film trilogy, signed with Nu Image/Millennium Films to begin Rambo IV in May 2005, stating that the production company had optioned a book for the new "Rambo," for which he has adapted a complete script, likening it to vengeance films like Deliverance and Straw Dogs. According to Stallone, the new plotline sees the character of Rambo as having "assimilated into the tapestry of America," living with his family in relative peace for the past fifteen years but still working for the military, when work pressures force him to move his family to the American outback. The Navajo-Indian former Green Beret and his family are then subject to an attack by white-supremacists, and Rambo has to risk life-and-limb in rescuing his 10-year old daughter from being held hostage. Commentators have noted that the premise of the film is similar to one touted by Stallone in 1997, following the Oklahoma bombings, and comparisons have been drawn with the US federal government's attack at Ruby Ridge in 1991, including the role played by former Green Beret Colonel James "Bo" Gritz.
Nu Image Films, the owners of the film rights for "Rambo," was established in 1992 by Avi Lerner, a veteran film producer from Israel, and has annually produced 15 to 18 low-budget and foreign-sale films. In 1996, Nu Image formed Millennium Films to address the market's growing need for quality art films and higher budget action features. Since 1999, Nu Image has filmed 40 films at their studios in Sofia, Bulgaria, and Millennium Films now has titles on its slate with budgets of up to $68 million. These include Brian De Palma's The Black Dahlia, starring Scarlett Johansson, Josh Hartnett and Hilary Swank, Edison, a film starring Morgan Freeman, Kevin Spacey and Justin Timberlake, 16 Blocks starring Bruce Willis and the remake of the 1973 thriller The Wicker Man, starring Nicolas Cage. Nu Image/Millennium Films had a co-production deal with Miramax/Dimension Films, which had been in place till the Weinstein Brothers left both companies. Nu Image/Millennium Films acquired the rights to the "Rambo" film franchise, with their chairman, Lerner, stating that Stallone is "one of the smartest guys I know." Having persuaded Stallone to co-star with a younger actor in Rambo IV, Lerner is confident about the film's future success. "It's a franchise," he says. "If No. 4 works, then you have a No. 5." Nu Image recently announced plans to produce Poe, a film about the life and works of gothic author, Edgar Allen Poe, to the screen with Stallone helming the director's chair for the first time since 1985's smash-hit, Rocky IV, and scheduled to begin production prior to Rambo IV.
The international scale of Alpha1Media's "Holy War" treatment has been envisaged as a plausible future instalment for the franchise, with several elements being utilised for Rambo IV, including the return to Rambo's Navajo roots and domestication for the super-soldier with wife and family. Miramax Films received the first draft of "Rambo IV: Holy War" in October 2003, during which the Rambo film saga was still in development hell. In October 2004, Alpha1Media released an early draft of the film treatment on the internet, drawing global fervour and controversy, and reviving interest in the film franchise for producers and audiences alike.
Many of the films released in April and May 2005 have themes and references which featured in the "Holy War" treatment from October 2003. Sydney Pollack's The Interpreter was set and filmed at the United Nations Building in New York, the scene for much of the action in early drafts of "Holy War". Lee Tamahori's XXX: State of the Union, about a radical splinter group of American military dissenters attempting to overthrow the United States government shared many thematic concerns as the controversial treatment. Ridley Scott's Kingdom of Heaven is a sweeping epic set during the Crusades, concerned with a medieval 'Clash of Civilisations' in contrast to "Holy War"'s contemporary reading. Alpha1Media have been in discussions with Nu Image for a new and revised script treatment for the "Rambo" film franchise since March 2005.
Acclaimed Indian film actor, Amitabh Bachchan, who had the role of UN Secretary-General Amit Talian in "Holy War" written specially for him, was appointed UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in New York in April 2005. "I feel greatly honoured that UNICEF has chosen me to be a Goodwill Ambassador, and to be able to propagate the issues that UNICEF is associated with, in India and elsewhere," said Mr. Bachchan. Nu Image is also scouting for film locations for Rambo IV in Mumbai and Nagpur, further enhancing speculation that Indian film actor, Hrithik Roshan, will assume the role of Rambo's Afghani-American step-son, Hamid, as intended in the "Holy War" treatment.

[17.05.2005] Moviehole meldet...
Everything eventually comes back into fashion. Even bandana-adorned vietnam vets with a penchant for big, noisy, machine-guns.
Sylvester Stallone was on TV's 'Larry King Live' and spilled the beans on "Rambo 4". Apparently it's about to choo-choo from the station.
"Rambo 4 begins filming in five or six months", says Stallone, and "In the new Rambo movie the character will have a wife".
Stallone mentioned recently that Miramax has optioned a book that'll serve as the blueprint for the sequel.

[13.05.2005] Wie DH berichtet, wird bereits nach Drehorten für "Rambo IV" gesucht...
[...] There's talk that inquiries about scouting have taken place around the Indian cities of Mumbai and Nagpur. [...]

[12.05.2005] Moviehole meldet...
[...] Sylvester Stallone appeared on Don Imus plugging his new Fitness/Muscle book and orally confirmed that the new "Rambo" sequel will be based on a novel.
"They (the studio) optioned a book for Rambo IV. It'll deal with a domestic problem. No head band."
The veteran action hero likened the next film to classics' "Deliverance" and "Straw Dogs".
Otherwords, doesn't sound like the studio is using the treatment that has been doing the rounds on the www.

[04.04.2005] Moviehole meldet...
David Morrell, author of 'First Blood', has come out in support of a U.K companies' pitch for the fourth "Rambo".
Alpha1Media met with Dimension Films recently, and discussed the direction of the Stallone-headlined sequel. Whilst they've yet to win the gig of captaining Rambo's tanker - their treatment has won fans, including the guy who invented the character
Best-selling author, Morrell, says the film treatment - currently being touted as the fourth installment in the "Rambo" film franchise - is "impressive and remarkably well researched."
The premise of the equally-popular and controversial treatment envisages John J. Rambo now working at the United Nations, when Islamist terrorists hijack the institution holding the world ransom. Rambo tries to take the terrorists down, knowing that his Afghani-adopted son, Tomask, is part of the terrorist mission.
The commendation marks another major step in reviving the 1980s' action film franchise which has generated $2 billion dollars at the global box office and created an icon in global popular culture.
Praising the treatment's understanding of the sensitive relationship between contemporary global geo-political situation and its impact on human spirituality, Morrell says "Alpha1Media's ambitions to give the character some meaning are commendable."
Moviehole can confirm that a big announcement will be made next month about the next "Rambo".

[05.03.2005] TV Guide sprach mit Stallone...
TVG: Some people think it means that your movie career is over.
I hope to start shooting the next Rambo in September... but definitely the movie career has changed. [...]

[07.01.2005] Moviehole meldet...
[...] Had a chat to a couple of inside guns last month who fired off the latest on a "Rambo" resurrection at Dimension. Yup, It looks like "Rambo 4" is going to happen this year. In December, the suits, ties and cheque writers, got together with those pitching their ideas, to finally set the wheels in motion.
No idea what the outcome of the meeting was but the ideas I've heard they were going in with were pretty icy-pole cool. Watch this vanilla-coloured space.
Stallone - and brother, Frank - turned up at a VW shindig and IESB got a few words with the man behind John Rambo's bandana.
"We're in the kitchen and we're cooking and we'll see what we come up with", Stallone tells the site. "I was meeting about that ["Rambo 4"] today actually".

[26.10.2004] Bei DH gibt einen Auszug aus einem "Maxim"-Interview mit Sly...
Since you're still in fighting shape, will Rambo be back, too?
There has been movement in that area, yes. Of course, it won't be what you think - not the same Rambo with the headband. In keeping with some sort of believability, he would be passing the torch to a younger generation of high-tech combatants. We're working on an interesting premise where Rambo is brought back from living on a ranch somewhere, and because of his skills in jungle warfare and survival, he's asked to lead a young group in a search-and-rescue mission. They can't believe this decrepit guy is a war hero, but when their technology fails, they see where Rambo excels. [...]

[20.09.2004] Bei gibt es ein lesenswertes Treatment zu "Rambo IV: Holy War" im PDF-Format !!!

[04.07.2004] Moviehole meldet...
Director John McTiernan is out of the running to direct "Rambo 4", having instead opted to direct Bruce Willis in the long-awaited fourth "Die Hard" instalment.
McTiernan - who directed the first and third "Die Hard" films - was apparently one of several directors being considered as pilots for the new John Rambo chapter.
F.Gary Gray ["The Negotiator"] may also have passed on an offer to direct "Rambo 4".
At this point, the project is still being written. It can still apparently make it's rumoured Summer 2006 release date. No word on when "Die Hard 4" is start to lens or when it'll open.

[10.06.2004] Moviehole meldet...
Insider on all things Sly, ‘Long John Silver’ has an update on both Rocky 6 and Rambo 4 that should please fans of both series.
"Sly wants to get both Rocky VI and Rambo IV out in the year 2006. These are the two projects he's most trying to get made right now and why not -- they have made lots and lots and lots of money for all involved. [...]"
"On the Rambo IV front, it seems Martin Cambell (Goldeneye) is out of the running to possibly direct Rambo IV. That leaves John McTiernan and F. Gary Gray. A new RAMBO toyline is also on the drawing boards. C2's T3 toyline proved successful and they think an all new RAMBO toyline will be just as successful. Remember all those John Rambo action figures everyone was playing with in Reagan era 1980’s?" [...]

[13.05.2004] Bei Cinescape gibt es neue Insider-Infos zu "Rambo IV"...
[...] RAMBO IV is ready to be fast tracked with Mario Kassar and Andrew Vajna back at the helm as producers. It seems Dimension Films and the C2 honchos are close to reaching an agreement that would give Dimension half of the worldwide box-office of the film as well as dvd/vhs sales.
"The movie has a tentative production start date of May/June 2005 for a summer 2006 release. But all that is not the interesting news. The director that Kassar and Vajna are after is none other than action master John Woo. They have always wanted to work with Woo and think he's the best man for the job.
"Also, my spies tell me that Stallone is looking at his biggest payday with this film said to be as high as 30 million. These were the guys (Kassar & Vajna) who paid governor Schwarzenegger 30 million to blow things up in TERMINATOR 3 !
"The plot of I hear being thrown around has something to do with Rambo and nuclear weapons that were somehow lost. Guess who the president wants to hunt them down?!"

[11.05.2004] DH meldete kürzlich...
[...] Regular action film scooper 'ABKing' has his own informants, one of which dropped in this quote from producers Mario Kassar and Andrew Vajna when asked about their future projects - "[...] We also want to make another Rambo movie with our good buddy Sly Stallone. Things are being sorted out as we speak and we will get to produce another Rambo film. Stallone is waiting to see the script and then do his own polish from there as he did with the previous Rambo movies. People will be in for a big surprise with this new Rambo film, but don't worry says Kassar, Rambo still uses a machine gun and blows lots of things up. [...]

[22.10.2003] AICN meldet...
Sylvester Stallone says Rocky VI has been shelved for now, but notes "I think Rambo is going to happen" meaning a fourth installment of the action series. The 57-year old actor says he won't be the only one playing the run and gun hero, but will bring in a new young star to take over. "Youth" says stallone, "must be served."

[19.07.2003] Moviehole berichtete kürzlich...
Between editing "D-Tox" and prepping "Avenging Angelo", Sly Stallone decided a "Rambo 4" would be a good idea. Surely, that’d get a theatrical right? And as far as the rumour mill could tell he was still up nights penning a screenplay. But that was two years ago, and there's still no "Rambo 4". So is he? With whispers he’s on sort of a comeback now with roles in films like "Spy Kids 3D", Stallone’s sounding like it’s not the sure-thing fans of exploding Iraqi’s hoped. "There is alot of talk about Rambo IV. If the story is right, then yeah I would do it, but firing a M-60 and wearing a red bandana around my head is not the Rambo I want to play in 2003. It would have to be like First Blood", Sly told this week, according to Dark Horizons. [...]

[18.05.2003] Bei AICN gibt es ein Interview mit Andy Vajna (Cannes)...
[...] Peter Bart from Variety [...] asks if there are plans for another Rambo movie. "We spoke to Sly about it many times, but we dont own that franchise anymore. Miramax does." Says Vajna, continuing with; "Maybe he'll just give it to us." Bart then came back with; "Maybe Harvey can be Rambo!" [...]

[02.03.2003] Harry Knowles von AICN sprach bei einem Set-Besuch mit Sylvester Stallone...
[...] RAMBO 4 is currently in development hell as CAROLCO wants it, Miramax has it and wants to co-make the film with Carolco, but Carolco doesn’t want Miramax’s involvement and Bob and Harvey don’t want to just let go of the property. So all this stuff about Luc Besson, Renny Harlin and yadda yadda yadda, is yadda yadda yadda. [...]

[06.02.2003] Coming Attractions berichtete kürzlich...
A scooper named Dixon swears that he heard French director Luc Besson (The Fifth Element) mention that he was in talks with Dimension Films to direct the next Rambo movie. Besson was supposedly being interviewed on a French radio talk show last weekend to promote his new film Taxi 3 (Besson co-wrote the story.)

[20.01.2003] AICN berichtet, dass "Colonel Trautman"-Darsteller Richard Creena gestorben ist... Und hat prompt eine mögliche "Rambo IV"-Storyline veröffentlicht...
[...] I think the death of Crenna "Trautman"could be a turning point for Rambo. I think it should be involved in the movie. Trautman is Rambo's only "family" Without him Rambo is alone. If sly wants to stick with the terrorism theme then maybe Rambo 4 could involve something like the Pentagon being hit or another Gov. Building. and Trautman being killed. Because Trautman would not be fighting at his age. So a building is the only logical death for Trautman. Then showing Rambo at the funeral all upet about Trautmans death and pissed off at the recent terroristic events and feeling like he has to do something about it. (Because He's Rambo and He Can) He over hears other military men at the funeral talking about how they can't do anything and no one can get close enough etc.... And Rambo, "Freelance-Vigilante Style" goes in on his own and gets his own revenge. Bringing forth the Leader of the Terrorism group "maybe a "model" of the Bin Laden Type but not BIN LADEN no no" and bri! ngs him back alive to a U.S. military base or somewhere (maybe same place the guys at the funeral work because they say it can't be done and when Rambo shows up with him they look with amazement)and Rambo comes full circle finally with this movie. This will have examples from all the movies and I think its a proper finish because it involves One last battle for a himself (First Blood) His Country (Rambo: First Blood Part II) and his friend (Rambo 3) making it (Rambo 4)And finally walk off into the sunset a hero...a legend....A Retired and Peaceful Rambo. Full Circle. That's how I feel. [...]

[18.01.2003] Coming Attractions berichtet über "Rambo IV"...
Time and time again we've seen supposedly big movie news appear in Britain's The Sun newspaper, only to find out in a day or two that it was nothing more than an unfounded rumor. The Sun has cried wolf enough times that online movie websites have taken to posting a warning before reporting a news item that comes from the paper. The Sun's latest entertainment story is about a supposed script that has been written for Rambo 4 that would feature Stallone's character fighting in Afghanistan during the U.S. attack against the Taliban regime. Ultimately Rambo would play a major role in bringing down the Taliban and prove to be "the brains behind bin Laden’s downfall," said an unnamed Sun movie insider. The same insider also said "The original story had Rambo killing bin Laden single-handed, but even Sly thought that was beyond the imagination."
So far no news of Stallone penning a post-September 11 script for Rambo 4 has surfaced in the trades or elsewhere. [...]
And it's not like the next scoop comes from an insider that we know and can trust, but CA received the following scoop shortly before word of The Sun story reached us: "A friend of mine who works at Dimension Films tells me that there is a list of possible Rambo IV directors and he got to take a peek at it. They include Ted Kotcheff who directed the original Rambo movie, First Blood, George P. Cosmotos who directed Rambo: First Blood Part II and James Mangold who directed Sly in Cop Land. Stallone will turn in his Rambo IV" [...]

[11.06.2002] Houston Chronicle berichtet u.a. über "Rambo IV"...
You may recall the '80s fondly for Duran Duran and Dallas, big hair and Big, but don't forget a franchise that exploded on screen and at the box office.
We're talking Rambo movies bristling with military-vet angst and violent action. They've just debuted on DVD -- and the revival could go further.
But don't hold your breath.
Richard Crenna isn't holding his, though he'd love to get a shot at making Rambo IV, playing loyal Col. Samuel Trautman opposite Sylvester Stallone's tortured warrior, John Rambo.
"The franchise has been big business, and it still has tremendous appeal," Crenna said, noting the trilogy's combined global gross of more than $500 million dollars since First Blood emerged in 1982.
But Stallone is 55 and no longer the bodybuilder who played a one-man army in the Rambo flicks and the valiant boxer of the five Rocky films.
"He was in incredible physical condition," Crenna said of Stallone during the Rambo shoots. "We'd have a set call at 6 a.m., and he'd be in a gym at 5.
"It's a lot of work to look like that. I think that's part of his not doing a fourth Rambo -- the toll on his body. Between Rambo and Rocky, that's a hell of a lot of stress."
Yet Crenna, 74, says if a script took a new look at Rambo's character and didn't depend on blazing action, Stallone might be interested.
"He's always been receptive," Crenna said. "I think it's just been a question of finding the right story, one that could show the growth of the character. I'm still waiting -- but my beret still fits."
Mostly, the movies concern Rambo flamboyantly defeating his enemies. But they also preach respect for former soldiers.
Crenna believes Rambo would be "even more popular today, with honor and courage being valued more. He's not a nut case in a combat uniform; he epitomized patriotism."
The films also underscore a father-son relationship between Trautman and Rambo.
"It's like Lennie and George in Of Mice and Men," Crenna said. "Trautman feels he trained and 'created' Rambo, and they respect each other in a familial way."
You can explore all this in a new DVD box set collecting First Blood; 1985's Rambo: First Blood Part II; and 1988's Rambo III. It costs $59.98; individual discs are $19.98.
Exclusive to the set is a fourth disc with seven featurettes, three documentaries and a trivia game.
The best film is the first, but the most intriguing now is Rambo III, in which our heroes aid Afghan rebels fighting Soviet invaders.
"After 9/11, that felt prophetic," Crenna said. "They could have used Rambo there."
Crenna said he and Stallone have stayed friends through the years, often meeting on the links.
"He got so much bad press (during the Rambo shoots) for taking over the set," Crenna said. "He didn't. He showed up every day on time and knew his dialogue. He's a perfectionist, but he has a great sense of humor, and I have tremendous respect for him."

[25.01.2002] Dark Horizons meldet...
Stallone talked with the UK's The Mirror about followups to his two biggest franchises, and fans won't be happy. [...] What about "Rambo 4" then? "I did approach the studios, and what I did suggest was to have Rambo go into Afghanistan and rescue five girls. It would have been to much to have Rambo go in and kill bin Laden, I suppose. It would be an insult to every military guy. This time I don't see Rambo going it alone. He would be a mentor to another tough guy, like Carl Walker, Vin Diesel or Matthew McConaughey". No-one seems to have bitten on that one either.

[11.01.2002] Coming Soon! hat eine traurige Meldung für alle Rambo-Fans... Sly höchstpersönlich erklärt Rambo für Tod...
Moviehole tells us 'Paul Fischer' attended the junket for "D-Tox" yesterday with Sylvester Stallone in attendance. The most interesting thing that came out of it, was Stallone's confirmation of a "Rocky 6" and slamming of a "Rambo 4".
[...] As for the Rambo IV rumor, Stallone wants it known that "Rambo is dead and buried. I want it known I'm not going after Bin Laden or anyone else for that matter."

[15.11.2001] Laut einer Meldung bei STALLONEZONE ist James Mangold (u.a. "Cop Land", "Durchgeknallt") Miramax' erste Wahl als "Rambo IV"-Regisseur...

[12.11.2001] Die NZ berichtet, dass Stallone "Rambo IV" drehen will...
Wie die «Sunday Times» berichtet, arbeitet auch Schauspieler Sylvester Stallone («Rocky») an einem Revival seiner Filmfigur Rambo. In dem vierten Film würde der Ex-Vietnam-Kämpfer per Fallschirm in Afghanistan einfallen, um Osama bin Laden zu fangen. Es wäre nicht das erste Mal, dass der martialische Kämpfer sich in den Hindukusch aufmacht. Im bisher dritten und letzten Film kämpfte Rambo pikanterweise auf Seite der Afghanen gegen die Russen, um seinem alten Freund Colonel Trautman aus der Gefangenschaft zu befreien. Nun will der mittlerweile 55-jährige die Wende in der US-Außenpolitik - einst hatten die Vereinigten Staaten die Taliban unterstützt, nun bekämpfen sie sie - wohl auch ganz persönlich vollziehen. Eine offizielle Bestätigung des Hollywood-Stars steht aber noch aus. [...]

[26.07.2001] Da soll man mal nicht durchdrehen... IMDb berichtet, dass Stallone doch die erste Wahl für "Rambo IV" bleibt...
When first asked about returning to the franchise, Sly said, "I don't know if I'd look good in a thong anymore." But now, Miramax chairman Bob Weinstein says Rambo IV is in the stages for a re-script this summer - with at least a $50 million budget. Weinstein says, "We'd love nothing more than for Stallone to be involved. We think it's a billion-dollar property." The new script involves Rambo tackling drug dealers in an American government building.

Steven Seagal als Rambo !?! Aaaaaaarghhhhh !!!
[22.07.2001] Dark Horizons hat das Schlimmste aller möglichen Gerüchte veröffentlicht... "KARA 105.7 FM reports that Miramax are thinking of casting Steven Seagal as John Rambo and takeover the franchise which Stallone has sworn off."

[10.04.2001] Cindy Pearlman sprach mit Sylvester Stallone... "I am not doing another 'Rambo'. I don't know if I'd look that good in a thong anymore. [...] In my fantasies, I'd love to do one more, but I don't think it would be in good taste at this age."

[23.03.2001] Stallone World berichte am 14. März 2001, dass "Rambo IV" schon 2003 in die Kinos kommen könnte. Sylvester Stallone, Jackie Chan, Richard Crenna und Brian Dennehy haben angeblich schon unterschrieben... und Sly hat Miramax eine Frist bis 2004 gesetzt... Der Film soll nicht "Rambo IV" heissen... Rambo wird gegen Drogendealer in einem US-Regierungsgebäude antreten...

[30.10.2000] Am 30./31. Oktober 2000 werden die drei Teile von "Rambo" mit Sylvester Stallone als Kauf-DVD veröffentlicht...

[25.09.2000] AICN hat das Thema nochmal aufgegriffen: Jackie Chan soll seinem Vater versprochen haben, niemals etwas mit "Drogen" anzufangen !

[24.09.2000] Coming Attractions berichtet... Jackie Chan (!!!) sagte, der Film sei immer noch in der Drehbuch-Phase... Sein Charakter wäre der eines Drogendealers, den Stallone anfänglich bekämpft... Mit der Ausgestaltung seiner Rolle ist Chan nicht zufrieden, diese wäre ein schlechtes Vorbild für die Kids... Derzeit wird das Drehbuch überarbeitet...

[20.10.1998] Coming Attractions berichtet...
"[...] Stallone contacted Brian Dennehy, the sheriff from Rambo 1, to appear in Rambo 4. The possibilities are that sheriff as militia member either uncovers Rambo's mission or helps him."

[16.04.1998] Coming Attractions berichtet...
"A friend of mine who's first cousin works for Warner got me a copy of the script, and I must say that I was very impressed," writes our scooper. They tells us that the new Rambo script is about a man from Rambo's past, Thomas Flannery, seeking revenge on the hero. Flannery was a comrade of Rambo's back in Vietnam until it was revealed that he was actually a spy working for the Vietnamese. Now Flannery has built up an empire in the jungles of North Vietnam and wants revenge on the man who cost him his left eye -- and that's none other than Johnny, who's now got short hair and glasses (!) as well as a wife and child. Flannery kidnapps Rambo's wife and child, leaving a note of credit behind. Rambo has to journey to Vietnam to rescue them. By the end of the script so much time has passed by that Rambo's hair has grown back to it's full length!

[13.05.1997] Dimension Films, eine Tochterfirma von Miramax, haben Carolco Pictures (Update: mittlerweile von FOX einverleibt) die Rechte für das "Rambo"-Franchise für den Minibetrag von 500.000 US-Dollar abgekauft... Und haben es damit in der Hand fleissig "Rambo"-Prequels und -Sequels zu produzieren... ;-)

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