After Rambo raked in $113 million dollars back in 2008, Sylvester Stallone immediately started talking about the misunderstood warrior's next cinematic adventure. Unfortunately, Stallone is now saying that he's "about 99% sure" that the series and the character are done. He shared his rationale behind retiring one of his most famous roles in a recent interview with Empire Online.
"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," Stallone explained.
The actor went on to say, "I'm very happy with the last Burmese episode, because I didn't pull any punches on it. I wanted it to be what civil war really is -- rough. You can't candy coat it, and where do you go from there?"
Fans feeling disappointed by this news can take some comfort in the fact that Stallone is working on a director's cut of Rambo -- one that will restore twelve minutes of footage to the already ultra-violent flick. Stallone promises a character development moment for his mumbling protagonist in the new version, with Rambo offering up his thoughts on his life and the nature of war and peace.
Just because the actor appears to be retiring John Rambo doesn't mean he's headed to the action star retirement home. Stallone is hard at work getting The Expendables ready for its August 13th debut. Plus, now that he's free of this whole Rambo business, maybe Sly can concentrate on sequels we really wanna see -- like that long-awaited follow-up to Over the Top. Are you saddened by this news? If so, eulogize Rambo in the comment section below.