Had coffee with Arnold and a couple of his friends today – BTW he looks amazing – fit and tan. He just returned from Israel where he traded ideas on the environment. Then he headed to Iraq to visit the troops. I had the honor of traveling with him to Baghdad, Balad, Kuwait City and a few other places on July 4th 2003 so I know a). how much he loves meeting the brave men and women who put their lives on the line everyday and b). how much the troops LOVE having Arnold visit their bases and the gyms. He slept in Saddm Hussein’s Summer Palace which is now Camp Victory (ironic name by the way). We also visited the palace in 2003 and I have video of me in one of the bathrooms where everything was gold including the toilet. But I digress…As we were saying goodbye Sly pulled up and I had a few minutes to ask him some more questions about Rambo 5 guz honestly people I was a little confused and the comments on this blog did nothing to give me any clarity.
Right off the bat I asked him to clarify – was Rambo 5 two stories in one …and this is what he told me… When he first agreed to do another Rambo the idea of JR against something way way bigger was the logical step- he knew that this time out Rambo needed the ultimate challenge physically and mentally. But as the creative process took hold Sly found himself veering away from that concept with the real pull towards the story of the horrendous violence inflicted on the women and girls caught in the Mexican drug war. It will have all of the trademarks of a Stallone film and the story will be provocative, revealing and totally kick ass. And while the chess game governments play using innocents as pawns has been told before I am prepared to bet the farm Sly will come up with stuff that will blow our socks off – figuratively and literally!! So now I’m clear – this Rambo will be Rambo and Hunter will be made in the future as a stand alone as it should be. Sly is also talking about collaborating with a writer for Rambo. The Expendables went through over 100 drafts and took a huge toll on Sly…it will be interesting to see who he teams up with.
I also asked about Poe…again… because that to me has the potential to be an award winning film even if the studios don’t get it. He told me not to get him started on that one and as much as I wanted to ignore and go for it I didn’t. So I’m hoping Sherlock Homes does well so that someone will wake up and put some money behind it.
It was a good day…