The Blood is Dry: Sylvester Stallone Says He's Finished with Rambo

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With the release of the next Expendables movie right around the corner, action icon Sylvester Stallone says that he's officially putting another one of his characters to bed but would be interested in seeing what the studio might do with some other continuation. After the box office failure and critical destruction of the fifth Rambo movie, Last Blood it was often mentioned that Sly wanted some better closure for the long running franchise. Now, during TIFF, the actor says that he thinks the saga as it stands has finished:

"Rambo, I could leave him. He's done pretty much, even though they want to do another one. But what am I fighting, arthritis?", Stallone said when speaking with an audience. 

He also previously commented on the potential prequel happening with a younger actor for a passing of the torch:

"I think it's going to happen. I wanted to do it like a Ken Burns documentary on Vietnam, where you drop young Rambo in there. And he's this outgoing guy, football captain, and you see why he becomes Rambo."

Obviously, nothing has been announced by the studio at this time. Other ideas for Rambo were also scratched. The initial Rambo V was titled The Savage Hunt and would have seen the character fighting an unknown animal that was killing villagers. At least Last Blood put him back on home turf where it appears the arc was somewhat finalized. 

The Expendables 4 will be Stallone's final outing with that franchise as well. He recently said he's retiring from that series too.