As Rambo: Last Blood takes an absolute shoeing by the critics, even the author of the original book First Blood is embarrassed to be associated with the movie,…
…Sylvester Stallone seems unperturbed and is now keen to revive another one of his ancient and best forgotten movie characters.
During the various press junkets for Last Blood Stallone let slip that he’s already working on bringing Cobra back from Hollywood hell. Cobra was a crazy shit-house rat of a movie, let me explain:
Stallone plays the main lead, Lieutenant Marion ‘Cobra’ Cobretti, a member of LAPD’s elite division known as the ‘Zombie Squad‘ who learns of a supremacist cult of social darwinist radicals, (I’m not finished), called The New World, during a bloody supermarket shoot-out.
We good? I’ll continue:
The cult’s remit is to target and kill weak members of society and after a supermodel, Ingrid Knudson, (now there’s a name), played by Stallone’s then wife Bridget Nielson, witnesses The New Word’s leader, (known as The Night Slasher) murdering folk in a kill crazy rampage, Cobra takes her into protective custody and the pair flee to the countryside where they end up bumping uglies. Cut to the final boss battle where Cobretti and the Night Slasher have an axe fight at a disused steel mill and one of them ends up impaled, (clue it wasn’t Cobretti), leaving Stallone and Nielson to literally ride off into the sunset on motorbikes.
If this movie wasn’t mental enough the reason it came into being was even more insane. Cobra was born after Stallone landed the lead role in Beverley Hills Cop, but he didn’t like the script so he re-wrote it and took out all the jokes. The studio rightly rejected it so he went and developed it himself with a different title. Which is kinda ironic as it ended up being one of the most hilarious movies of the 80s.
Which brings us nicely up-to-date with his casual announcement that he plans to revive the character, but for the small screen, as a Netflix or Amazon Prime series. In an interview with Deadline during the promotion of Last Blood the 73 year-old explained:
“That (conceit) was what if Bruce Springsteen had a gun? That was rock n’ roll meets drama. That should have been another franchise because that character was so cool. And I blew it. My personal life got in the way. But we’re trying to bring it back as a streaming TV series. Bring out the zombie squad. I’m long gone, but the idea is really good.”
No sly, it really isn’t.