Two years on from announcing he was officially retiring the character, Sylvester Stallone will don the infamous red headband one last time to give John Rambo a suitable send-off. Currently titled Rambo V, Stallone is writing the script that will see Rambo embrace his sensitive side by working with underprivileged children. Only kidding, he'll be taking on a violent Mexican drug cartel with reckless abandon for health & safety.

While 2008's Rambo served as a solid swan song for the character, a fifth installment of the franchise has been in the works for years. Rumors of a sci-fi infused sequel that would pit Rambo against genetically enhanced soldiers did the rounds back in 2010, but that particular incarnation didn't get very far down the development line. I wonder why.  Barmy sequels that were never made aside, Stallone seemed sincere back in 2016 when he when he had this to say about retiring as Rambo;

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"The heart’s willing, but the body says, ‘Stay home!' It’s like fighters that go back for one last round and get clobbered. Leave it to someone else. There’s nothing left. When they asked me to do another ‘Rambo,’ I said, ‘If I can’t do better than I did last time, and I can’t, then why?'"

Something changed over the last two years as Stallone must have cooked up something special to un-retire one of his most iconic roles. It remains unclear what this means for the previously mooted reboot, New Blood, or the TV series spin-off that was going to center on Rambo's estranged son. Both projects haven't made much in the way of progress since their respective announcements. That status may well change now that there's a fifth and final movie on the horizon.

Before we see him resume his Rambo duties, Stallone returns as Rocky Balboa in Creed 2 alongside Michael B. Jordan, Tessa Thompson with Dolph Lundgren back as Ivan Drago. The follow-up to the Rocky spin-off is set to hit cinemas in the US on November 21. The Stallone sequels coming soon don't end there; he's getting that band back together for Expendables 4, and there's an Escape Plan 2 & 3 (for reasons unknown) already shot and awaiting release. Sadly, Arnold Schwarzenegger isn't back for the sequels, but we do get Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy) helping Stallone break out of high-tech prisons.

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