Whoa Whoa Whoa... Who says it ain't gonna be called JOHN RAMBO?
Hey folks, Harry here... So there I was... having a long lazy morning... Watching INVISIBLE BOY on TCM in bed and pondering just staying there when my phone rings with Sylvester Stallone on the line. No matter how many times he calls, I'll never, ever get used to having a conversation with Stallone.
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. In my opinion, that's a very good thing.