"Rambo IV" Rights Challenged In Court

by | October 16, 2006 | Comments

Were you excited to hear that Sly Stallone is reprising his role as the world’s deadliest Vietnam vet, John J. Rambo? Well, put that thought on hold, because the Weinsten Co. is taking legal action over distribution rights to "Rambo IV: In the Serpent’s Eye."

The pic is already in pre-production and is slated to start filming in January. But The Weinstein Co. has filed suit against production company Nu Image for offering to Lionsgate the distribution rights they say should have come to them first.

The fourth time, it’s for the missionaries…

With a release scheduled for 2008, "Rambo IV" will be the first "Rambo" vehicle in ten years; judging from early plot details, it should fall nicely in line with the story quality and themes of the previous three flicks, "First Blood" (1982), "Rambo: First Blood Part II" (1985), and "Rambo III" (1988).

"Rambo IV" finds survivalist extraordinaire Rambo coming to the aid of Christian missionaries in Burma who are attacked by pirates during a humanitarian aid mission. As with any great war flick, Rambo must assemble a rag-tag band of mercenaries to defeat the Burmese pirates.

In talks to star alongside Stallone are thesps James Brolin and Kim Dickens; "Nip/Tuck" doc Bruno Campos, Carrie Southworth, and Linden Ashby (aka Johnny Cage from "Mortal Kombat") are already signed on.

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