Three years back, Sylvester Stallone had a really crazy idea for Rambo V. With The Savage Hunt as its subtitle, this fifth installment in the chronicles of America’s most violent veteran, John Rambo, would focus on he and his young hunting partner, Beau Brady, as they take on “a half-human abomination created by a renegade agency through a series of outlawed genetic experiments” — one that “may have grown immortal.”
It never happened, though, and Rambo V — or Rambo: Last Stand — grows increasingly unlikely to ever coalesce. But, like a kiss from the Heavens, that doesn’t mean Stallone fighting a cyber bear is off the table, and some recent news paints it as a real possibility. While the foundation of this is, maybe, a bit more tenuous than we’d like to admit, Yahoo! South Africa (via /Film) have learned that the actor is working with Lionsgate to adapt The Savage Hunt‘s original source, the James Byron Huggins novel Hunter, which Stallone will shape into a 3D action film as writer, director, and star.
John Rambo’s gone, as stated, and a revert to this original text has moved the story from the Pacific Northwest to the Arctic Circle. Past those two stipulations, neither of which are actually that massive — plus, I’d guess, an exclusion of poor Beau Brady — it’s possibly very little will change from what could have been and what could be. Better yet, I think Hunter could be some fun, bloody pulp on its own; probably better than another Expendables.
Read a synopsis of the novel below (via Amazon):
Nathaniel Hunter could track anyone — or anything — on earth. Now the military desperately needs him for a mission that his ultrasensitive instincts tell him he should refuse. A beast is loose somewhere north of the Arctic Circle. It has already decimated a secret research facility and annihilated a squad of elite military guards. And the raging creature is headed south toward civilization, ready to wreak bloody devastation.
It’s a job that Hunter can’t turn down, but he soon discovers that his prey is terror incarnate, a half-human abomination created by a renegade agency through a series of outlawed genetic experiments. It has man’s cunning, a predator’s savageness, and a prehistoric power that has transcended the ages. And even if Hunter survives its unrelenting hunger for human blood, he’ll still have to confront the grim reality that it may have grown immortal.
Should Stallone look toward Hunter as a source of creative inspiration?
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