Sylvester Stallone Vs ISIS: Is It Really Going To Happen?

Sylvester Stallone, aka Rambo, does not shy away from fighting against dangerous foes.

Ever since the San Diego Comic-Con wrapped up on Sunday, rumors began circulating on the Internet that Sylvester Stallone would reprise his role as John Rambo in the fifth film of the Rambo franchise, tentatively titled Rambo: Last Blood.

The reports also suggested that Stallone and his team were already on the lookout for “realist” locations, which would resemble the conflicted areas in Syria currently under siege by ISIS.

However, much to the disappointment of fans, Rolling Stone revealed that the reports touting ISIS as Rambo’s latest enemy were not only inaccurate but that, in fact, Sylvester Stallone had not attended Comic-Con at all. A representative for Stallone debunked the whole idea, adding,

“Sylvester Stallone did not attend Comic-Con 2015, and consequently there was no official remark from him regarding Rambo made there at the event. This is not an accurate report.”

Earlier, publications such as The Independent and Daily Mail ran stories claiming that Stallone had himself confirmed the broad premise of Last Blood at Comic-Con last week. The 69-year-old, who has just finished shooting Creed in Philadephia, had reportedly said at the conference:

“We have teams scouting Iraq and parts of Syria where ISIS have their greatest strongholds. We’re working with the locals there to help deliver the most intense and realistic Rambo movie experience ever.”

But Rambo fans need not be disheartened completely. While it is true that Sylvester Stallone is not going to go all guns blazing against one of the most reviled extremist groups in recent memory, Rambo: Last Blood remains firmly in the cards. It is still not clear, however, whom the war-veteran John Rambo will be up against.

In a Twitter update last December, Stallone confirmed reports that a fifth installment of the multi-million dollar franchise was definitely in the offing.

If the Twitter feed is anything to go by, Stallone will soon be seen donning the character of Gregory Scarpa, nicknamed the Mad Hatter, who was a capo for the Colombo crime family and an informant for the FBI during the 1980s.

According to Deadline, Brad Furman (The Lincoln Lawyer) is to direct Scarpa, while crime aficionado Nicholas Pileggi is penning the script, who is previously known for writing scripts for Scorsese’s Goodfellas and Casino.

So, while fans will have to wait to find out who Rambo’s next adversaries are going to be, they can certainly gear up for some Stallone-sque action in the near future.

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