Harvey Weinstein Wants Another Rambo Sequel?
The latest film in the Rambo franchise opened just this past weekend to mediocre results. The film placed second below Meet the Spartans with a box office total of $18.1 million over the weekend. However, Harvey Weinstein, of The Weinstein Company, mentioned to Nikki Finke at Deadline Hollywood that he wants to see yet another sequel, and "even has a plot in mind 'bringing the character back to the United States'." Although the franchise presumably just finished up with the fourth Rambo film, apparently Harvey still has more in mind.
Harvey, who turns 56 in March, told Nikki Finke that "I like the idea of an older guy kicking ass. Maybe it's because I'm older, too." Who doesn't like the idea of a 61-year-old Sylvester Stallone kicking more ass? Our own reviewer Ken Evans said that he "applaud[s] Sylvester Stallone for giving us closure to his iconic characters" in his review of Rambo. What I've been hearing from almost every one of my friends is that actually isn't that bad of a film, but it's also a good final farewell to the beloved killing-machine character. But that's the key - everyone I've talked to has said it was a great farewell, which brings up the question of how a sequel would play out with fans of Rambo.
As with The Bourne Ultimatum, I have a feeling that fans wouldn't be very happy if they went on and made a fourth film. It's not at all because they would've love to see Matt Damon back again, it's that Ultimatum was such an amazing finale. Paul Greengrass really pulled off a great conclusion that built up through three films and ended perfectly. It would be a shame to see them try and restart the franchise that ended so perfectly, and the result probably wouldn't even come close to being as good. That's the same problem I foresee with trying to bring Rambo back as well.
For now, take this as just one big rumor. For all we know, Harvey could have just been saying that for the fun of it, and it's highly unlikely that another sequel will be made. Everything in this world is always taken out of context and rarely said seriously, and with Harvey Weinstein and Nikki Finke, I'm guessing that's the case. However, it is very fun to speculate and talk about such a rumor, so have at it!