Wednesday, August 9, 2006

Rambo IV in Thailand

Rambo has resurfaced in Thailand. He's a player in a high-stakes Russian roulette game in Patpong in Bangkok.

Just kidding. Only partly, though. According to today's Soopsip column in The Nation (Page 12A), Sylvester Stallone is due to start shooting for Rambo IV in October in Thailand.

Rumors had it that Rambo was going to go back to Afghanistan and hunt for Osama Bin Laden. Instead, according to Soopsip (which must've got it from Entertainment Weekly), he's going to take on another pariah state: Burma (which the generals who run the country insist be called Myanmar).

The story will start out in Bangkok, with the troubled former Green Beret John Rambo making a living by salvaging old PT boats and tanks for scrap metal. When a group of volunteers bringing supplies into Burma goes missing, a relative of one of the missing missionaries begs Rambo to find them. Rambo then leads a team of young guns in to the rescue.

IMDb has an entirely different plot description, but "since this project is categorized as being in production, blah, blah, blah ..."

Stallone got the idea to set the story in Burma after calling up Soldier of Fortune magazine and asking: "What is the most critical man-doing-inhumanity-to-man situation right now in the world? Where is it?" The answer was Burma.

(Cross-published at Rotten Tomatoes)

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