Sep 8 2009John Rambo Sounds a Lot Like Nathan Hunter

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First rule of Rambo: replacing any story's protagonist with Rambo technically makes that a Rambo story.

Proof of concept: this summary of Rambo V, which, as ComingSoon has pointed out, is the exact same as the official summary for a James Byron Huggins' novel, Hunter, only with a find/replace done to replace the name Nathaniel Hunter with John Rambo:

John Rambo 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 Artic 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 Rambo and his 22-year-old hunting partner, Beau Brady, can't turn down, but they and a team of highly-skilled special forces kill team discover that the prey is a terror beyond their wildest imagination - 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 Rambo and Beau survive its unrelenting hunger for human blood, they'll still have to contront the grim reality that it may have grown immortal.

Sly sent the above poster to AICN and, though it's an early design, thus far it appears the "half-human abomination" is being envisioned as a wall of hair with wolf eyes and a tooth-covered branch for a mouth. I suppose that's scary in an abstract way. Not so much an "Oh no, it's going to kill me!" scary. More of an "Oh, god, how does it eat without any obvious mouth orifice?" scary.

(Thanks, Joshua.)

Reader Comments

It's Arctic Circle. ARC-tic.

Damn it! I loved this book and I knew sooner or later someone would make it and I love Rambo but why oh why would you ruin not only a great franchise like Rambo and a good book by combining the two. Rambo's stories although over-the-top have always been semi-realistic and about realistic events/wars to put him up against a man who's injected himself with samples of prehistoric blood that slowly changes in from human to what he believes was a super species of man that killed themselves off through their own bloody war is retarded.

I am glad somebody picked up on that. I felt like the only geek on earth who knew. I do think that I remember reading a few years ago that Sly bought the rights to that book.

what kept you?

this has to be a hoax.. sort of like that 'this is how we do it baby" ricky gervais poster.. no way is this piece du merde true

It kinda looks like Rambo is saying "my shoulder's a little sore, so could we postpone fighting until later, yo?"

now, if only they cast shea lebouf as "beau brady"...

Ughh... time to retire, Stalone... like every other senior citizen... stop reprising the roles that made you famous.. it's just sad.

@7

I'd actually rather have the young British sensation Robert Pattinson as the optimistic young adventurer who learns his life lesson.

Well of course the poster is fake.. and of course that is partly what makes this look so bad.. but a quick check of Imdb says this is in preproduction.. and the plot is listed as

"Rambo fights off drug dealers and human traffickers to save a young girl kidnapped by a hostile cult near the border between the U.S. and Mexico"

what i presume is the "sidekick" is rumored as Mickey rourke.. that's right we're looking at Contra the movies motherf**kers and it's gonna rock.

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But LeBeouf (????) already has experience swinging from vines at the traveling speed of a racing post-WW2 military-issue Jeep.

It's Rambo v.Manbeastpig from South Park! Wicked cool.

Bo Brady is from Days of our lives.

"John Rambo 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 Ahtic Circle.

It's a job that Rambo and his 22-year-old hunting partner, Beau Brady, can't turn down, but they and a team of highly-skilled special forces kill team discover that the prey is a terror beyond their wildest imagination - a half-human abomination with a tiny Rambo for a nose - and all of his formidable killing acumen!!"

vs. the wolf from Never Ending Story/300

@12.
manbeastpig. good job :)

btw, if the story is true (we'll see if it pans out), this ain't a Rambo story.
and i know that adding a young 22-year-old is to lure in the youngsters, but... isn't the story of Rambo a story of a loner? i know they might stretch it a-la-Rocky to include a young buck/apprentice role, but come on. it's been done.

this is obviously Stallone or his producers needing some cash.

if you want to make Hunter, make Hunter.

sounds great :D

They did the same thing with Bruce Willis in 'Die Hard With A Vengeance'.

Seriously though, if anyone is into sci-fi/horror novels Hunter is bad-ass. The story is deep the characters are rich and you can almost visualize this being one hell of a movie if for once studios would stop "adapting" novels to what they think will sell. When a novel is on the top 10 list it's because the novel is good, adding characters like some 22 year old sidekick over Nathaniel's dog/wolf partner or bringing in Rambo as the lead character over keeping the original character kills half of the appeal of the novel. It is no longer Hunter but a new movie with only Hunter in the tag credits. Why bother adapting it why not just make a brand new movie? The same was done with one of my favorite books White Shark and Thor. CRAP FESTS!

Rambo and Beau (Bo)? I can see it now:

"Hey 'Bo!"
"You talking to me?" Rambo turns around.
"You talking to me?" Beau turns around.
"No, the other one."
Rambo and Beau look at each other, shrug their shoulders, and laugh.

End Scene.

Too similar to Predator... Who knows? I mean if the Final Destination franchise can still make a profit... What the hell right?

Chop some heads Rambo!

Why the fuck is John Rambo not going after Muslim, Islamic, fanatics? They are the enemy du jour.

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