Welp, it was to be expected. And it could be a good thing too with the current development of an Indian remake of muscle-bound action movie classic, Rambo, with Bollywood action star, actor and martial artist Tiger Shroff starring. Bang Bang! helmer Siddharth Anand will direct the film with the involvement of M! Capital Ventures, Original Entertainment, Impact Films and Siddharth Anand Pictures.
The Indian Rambo will follow the last surviving member of an elite covert unit of the Indian Armed Forces who returns home to discover a war waging in his own land. Forced into the dangerous jungles and frozen mountains of the Himalayas, he unleashes mayhem and destruction, becoming the unstoppable machine he was trained to be.
The original film takes its cues from David Morrell’s 1977 novel, “First Blood”, lending a young Sylvester Stallone what would become one of the actor’s most memorable, and incidentally iconic action movie franchises in the genre’s history, with a set of three films between 1982 and 1988 earning more than $600 million dollars. Stallone revived the character in 2008 for a feral, hyperviolent fourth offering in Rambo before talk of plans for either a fifth or a fresh television adaptation would arise. Both turned out to be non-starters before Stallone officially retired the character on January 5, 2016.
Anand is set to produce the film along with Daljit DJ Parmar, Samir Gupta, Hunt Lowry, Saurabh Gupta and Gulzar Inder Chahal. The past few years saw Shroff kick off his film career debuting in the 2014 action film, Heropanti before seuging forward in the romantic hard-hitting 2015 follow-up, Baaghi and Remo D’Souza’s 2016 superhero actioner, A Flying Jatt.
“Being a martial artist and a huge action movie buff since childhood, this all seems very surreal, and I’m very grateful for this opportunity,” said Shroff. “By no means do I believe I can replace the legendary Sylvester Stallone; however, I do feel that somehow this is something I’ve been preparing for since childhood.”
“Rambo is one of the most iconic action blockbuster films from my generation,” said Anand, who also directed the successful Indian remake ($55 million worldwide) of Tom Cruise’s Knight and Day. “I grew up looking up to heroes such as Stallone, and in a time where the Indian industry is lacking action characters of Rambo’s caliber, this is a perfect time to introduce Tiger in this role.”
He added: “I cannot wait to work with Tiger on this film. He has that aura about him, a power and vulnerability that will make him the next iconic action hero of our time.”
Production is expected to launch early next year for a fourth quarter 2018 release.