Fox just broke out the big guns.
The network has closed a script deal for TV franchise “Rambo: New Blood,” based on the feature films starring Sylvester Stallone. The man behind the big screen’s John Rambo will executive produce the father-son project.
The new series, which pays homage to the original “Rambo” films, will explore the complex relationship between Rambo and his son, J.R., an ex-Navy SEAL. Stallone has an option to play his famous titular character in the TV version, though nothing is set in stone yet, TheWrap has learned.
“First Blood,” which is commonly (yet incorrectly) referred to as “Rambo,” was released in 1982. It followed a Vietnam veteran named John Rambo who used his combat skills against the lawmen of a small town when they arrest and abuse him.
“Rambo: First Blood Part II” came out in 1985. Two more sequels followed in 1988 and 2008, respectively.
The one-hour drama hails from Entertainment One and Millennium Films. “Rambo: First Blood” will be executive produced and written by Jeb Stuart. In addition to Stallone, Avi Lerner will also exec produce.
Stuart is repped by UTA, Kaplan Perrone and attorney John Meigs.
Executive Vice President of Global Production Carrie Stein is overseeing the project for eOneTelevision.