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Stallone Signs for Two More “Action” Flicks

slystallone01.jpgIf Sylvester Stallone has proven anything over the past few years, it is that he is pretty good at making films when he needs the cash. After a long string of failed projects, which included his not-so-hot TV show “The Contender”, Stallone has bounced back with two hits in a row, both of which were tie ups of long-forgotten franchises from the 1980s. Both 2006’s Rocky Balboa and this month’s Rambo were definitive box office successes, with Rocky taking in over $70 million and Rambo scoring $25 million in its first 10 days of release. So why wouldn’t he make more of these films? Well, for starters, he said so himself. As /Film reported, even though Harvey Weinstein was making a big push for another Rambo film, Sly wasn’t having any of it.

Leave it to Stallone though, to throw us for a loop. Apparently there is no physical pain that this guy won’t endure to continue his string of box office success, as it appears he is down for a few more action films. The Hollywood Reporter is saying today that Stallone has signed on for two more movies with Nu Image/Millenium Films, the same folks that financed Rambo. The lucrative deal will put Sly back in the director’s chair as well as into a starring role for two more “action” movies.

Nothing like a little ambiguity to start more Rambo sequel rumors, right? As far as the details for the projects, those will have to be ironed out over the coming months:

Several scripts are being considered for follow-ups to his surprise hit sequels to “First Blood” and “Rocky.” With Nu Image/Millennium’s new WGA interim deal speeding up the process, the first script is expected to be locked and loaded by the fall, with production set to begin shortly thereafter.

All-in-all, I can’t say that this is disappointing news. People seemed to love the latest Rambo flick despite some mixed votes from critics. I say that is Sly can continue to take off his shirt and blow people’s heads off, why not let him keep doing it. Besides, who doesn’t want to see a 70-year old action star headlining a summer tentpole in 2017? I certainly do.

Talking Point: What do you think? Should Sly make more Rambo movies?

Neil Miller is the Founder and Publisher of Film School Rejects. For almost a decade, he has been talking movies on television, the radio, and the Internet.

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