Could "Rambo" work as a small screen diversion? Or more to the point: Should "Rambo" be adapted for TV at all? In any event, we are all about to find out because Toronto-based producer eOne said it has teamed with big screen producer Nu Image to create an adaptation, while adding that the partners are not only "in negotatiions" with Sylvester Stallone to join them in a creative capacity, but also to reprise his role as you-know-who.
Both are hugely prolific producers, by the way. They may not be household names, but many of their movies and shows certainly are, those from Nu Image in particular. So this is not some lark: "Rambo" is coming back, this time to TV.
Some news release quotes:
"I'm happy to be partnering with a prolific company like Entertainment One who has a track record of creating high quality programming for their broadcast partners around the world," commented [Nu Image chief Avi] Lerner. "And I'm excited by the prospect of collaborating again with my good friend Sly for an encore in this next phase of the Rambo legacy."
You'll note a certain vagueness to all this: Stallone has never done TV, save for a few odd bits and ends that don't really count. Why would he want to do this now?
Well: He is into reprisals (both the relatively recent "Rocky" and "Rambo" big screen versions, for example, adding to long line of reprises -- I, II, and III).
Plus Rambo -- who actually began in "First Blood" a million years ago -- is one of those iconic screen figures that would be difficult to cast, insofar as there is really only ONE Rambo after all.
But consider that Sly did just turn 67, so?
Violence? Certainly a valid question, but anyone who has ever seen (for example) "Spartacus" knows that TV no longer just scratches the surface, but gorges on it -- until the blood and guts come spilling out. "Rambo" could fit right in with the current climate, which by the way, should not be read as an endorsement.
Now, for a walk down memory lane.