It was only announced in August that Sylvester Stallone would be returning to star in and direct the fifth installment in the Rambo franchise, so when Stallone recently revealed the plot had changed from rescuing a girl from human traffickers to preventing the creation of super-soldiers, the Internet buzzed with rumors and speculation about what this means for the future of the franchise.
So many comparisons to the plot of the 1992 action movie starring Dolph Lundgren and Jean-Claude Van Damme, Universal Soldier, were made that apparently even Stallone could feel the backlash because he picked up the phone to try to set the record straight. In a recent voice message, Stallone said:
It's not a Universal Soldier, it's not me fighting some super-soldier, it's actually a feral beast. It's a thing, it's this amalgamation of fury and intelligence and pure unadulterated rage. It's before men became human. This is when they were still inhuman. And, so, what he confronts is everyone's virtual nightmare ... he's going against a feral beast that has absolute cunning and intelligence and a will to survive that is only matched by Rambo's, and that what makes it uniquely different. It's like man's conscience fighting his dark, dangerous, uncontrollable sub-conscious.
It's your worst nightmare. You're battling your primitive self, which has a lot more cunning and power than than you could have ever imagined."
The locale of Rambo V: The Savage Hunt, initially described as being along the U.S.-Mexico border, has changed to the Pacific Northwest. Filming was expected to begin in the spring and there is no word if the changes in plot and locale will affect the start of production.