JOHN Rambo is still a man on a mission, thanks to Sylvester Stallone.
âSlyâ Stallone is set to breathe new life into his grizzly Vietnam veteran in the latest instalment of the hit franchise in Rambo 5, according to reports.
Stallone is said to be confident the eponymous franchise still has promise despite its recent struggles, Deadline reports.
The 71-year-old superstar actor has committed to playing John Rambo for the last time in the movie, however he will not direct it. That duty looks likely to go to his Expendables collaborator Avi Lerner.
Stallone has previously indicated he would retire Rambo.
Early plot leaks indicate the embittered ex-soldier will be sparked into action while working he is working on a ranch and his friendâs daughter is kidnapped.
Rambo will then cross the US border into Mexico to go head-to-head with one of the countryâs infamous and ultraviolent drug cartels.
A former project, hailed as the fifth movie in the Rambo series with a working title of Rambo: Last Stand was cancelled in 2016.
The success of Stalloneâs Rocky spin-off Creed has boosted hopes the Rambo franchise can be revived after the last instalment in the series 2008âs Rambo struggled.
Stallone, who is working on Creed II, starred in and directed the last Rambo flick.
The first Rambo film, First Blood, was released in 1982 and was a world wide hit, earning more than US$125 million (A$166 million).
Stallone burst onto screens starring as John Rambo, a former Green Beret who is kicked out of the small town of Hope, Washington by Sheriff Will Teasle (Brian Dennehy). He returns and is arrested before fleeing into nearby woods resulting in a massive manhut.
It was directed by Ted Kotcheff and has gained a cult following, resulting in a successful franchise, an animated series and a Bollywood remake.
Earlier this year, Stallone was forced to deny social media rumours he had died.
Fox News reported in February, the veteran actor was not happy about a death hoax circulating about him.
âPlease ignore the stupidity,â the 71-year-old actor tweeted at the time.
âAlive and well and happy and healthy … Still punching!â
Stallone also pointed out to images insisting the star was suffering from an illness, prompting him to lose his hair. The photos were most likely are from a scene Stallone has filmed.
His younger brother Frank Stallone also took to social media where he slammed the hurtful gossip.
âRumours that my brother is dead are false,â the 67-year-old tweeted.
âWhat kind of sick demented cruel mind things of things like this to post? People like this are mentally deranged and donât deserve a place in society.â
Messages had begun to circulate on social media claiming the âRockyâ star had died after battling prostate cancer.
It wasnât the first time Stallone has been the subject of a death hoax.
Metro, a U.K.-based news site, added rumours of his passing circulated back in 2016, prompting Stallone to upload a photo of himself with Russian boxer Sergey Kovalev on Instagram.
Parts of this article first appeared on Fox News and are republished here with permission.