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Entertainment One (eOne) announced that it has firmed up a co-development pact with Avi Lerner (Rambo, The Expendables) and Nu Image to develop and produce a television series based on Rambo.
The parties are currently in negotiations with Sylvester Stallone to be involved with the project on a creative level as well as potentially reprise his iconic role as the original Rambo.
Rambo is a cult classic series of movies and an epic feature film character starring Sylvester Stallone as John Rambo. Based on the David Morell novel "First Blood," the film is about a troubled Vietnam War veteran and former Green Beret who is skilled in many aspects of survival, weaponry, hand to hand combat and guerrilla warfare. The series consists of the films First Blood, Rambo: First Blood Part II, Rambo III and Rambo.
Under their exclusive option arrangement, the partners will collectively develop the series and shop it to broadcasters in the US and internationally.
In a press release, John Morayniss, the CEO of eOne Television said, “Rambo fans cover all demographics and we’re confident that we’ll quickly find this series a home.”
SHIELD TV SERIES
Entertainment Weekly has just debuted the cover to their next issue and it features none other than Joss Whedon and "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." stars Chloe Bennet and Clark Gregg. In the issue, EW says Whedon talks about all things "Buffy," "Firefly," and The Avengers, but he made time to drop an interesting quote about the upcoming TV series too.
“This is basically a TV series of ‘The Zeppo’ [episode of Buffy], which was a very deliberate deconstruction of a Buffy episode in order to star the person who mattered the least,” Whedon says. “The people who are ignored are the people I’ve been writing as my heroes from day one. There’s a world of superheroes and superstars, they’re celebrities, and that’s a complicated world — particularly complicated for people who don’t have the superpowers, the disenfranchised. Now obviously there’s going to be hijinks and hilarity and sex and gadgets and all the things that made people buy the comics. But that’s what the show really is about to me, and that’s what Clark Gregg embodies: the Everyman.”
"Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." will premiere on ABC in the USA on September 24.
Marvel is still on the hunt for their Scarlet Witch for the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron and Bleeding Cool is reporting that Elizabeth Olsen has become the frontrunner. Previously, actress Saoirse Ronan was rumored for the role, but she has reportedly passed on it.
Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Kick-Ass) has been rumored too be playing Scarlet Witch brother, Quicksilver, however that remains to be confirmed. Although the Kick-Ass star has been talking about the character in great length , leading many to believe that he will indeed be suiting up for the Avengers sequel.
Elizabeth Olsen can be seen next in Spike Lee's Oldboy this November and then Gareth Edwards' Godzilla reboot (also starring Taylor-Johnson) in May 2014.
Rodrigo Santoro is set to play the antagonist in Warner Bros. Pictures' upcoming Focus. The Hollywood Reporter brings word that the 300 star will appear opposite Will Smith and Margot Robbie in the con artist tale from writer-directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (Crazy, Stupid, Love.)
The film is said to involve a romance between a professional conman and someone just learning the criminal art and how their past relationship comes back into play when they meet up again years later. Santoro's part is said to be that of the owner of a Formula One racing team who enlists Smith's character's services and enters them both into a romantic triangle with Robbie's.
Earlier iterations of the project were planning to feature the pairings of both Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone and, later, Ben Affleck and Kristen Stewart in the leading roles.
|Rodrigo Santoro as Xeres|
Santoro, who starred earlier this year in The Last Stand, can soon be seen reprising his role as Xerxes in March 7, 2014's 300: Rise of an Empire.