Rambo Is Done But Die Hard Soldiers On
To be honest it’s hard to decide which is which really, but the news that Sylvester Stallone will not be making any more Rambo films, while Fox have hired a new writer for another Die Hard movie, should both dismay and delight people in equal measure.
Despite studio pressure after the fourth instalment made $113 million worldwide, Sly has extinguished the flames of Rambo V: The Savage Hunt (previously proposed in August 2009) by telling Empire in typically refined style; “I think Rambo’s pretty well done. I don’t think there’ll be any more. I’m about 99 percent sure. I was going to do it.
“I said I’d never talk about this, but with I feel that with Rocky Balboa, that character came complete circle. He went home. But for Rambo to go on another adventure might be, I think, misinterpreted as a mercenary gesture and not necessary. I don’t want that to happen.”
But while John Rambo is being mothballed, John McClane looks set for yet another bad day, with Hitman/Swordfish/A-Team, action specialist Skip Woods in talks with Fox; who are also presumably seeking more of the same action that made them $378 million worldwide from Die Hard 4.0.
Bruce Willis hasn’t officially signed up for the latest instalment, but he did tell MTV last February that, “I think we’re going to do a Die Hard 5 next year”, adding “it’s got to go worldwide. That would be my contribution to the next movie.”