For a fleeting moment online this week the world thought it would see an aging Sylvester Stallone reprise his role as the most misunderstood veteran of our time: John Rambo. This time battling the Islamic State in the sun-soaked deserts of Iraq and Syria.
The film’s rumored title? Last Blood. (For those not in the know, the first Rambo was called First Blood).
The rumors appear to have originated with a fake news report that Stallone, speaking from the Comic-Con convention in San Diego, was scouting filming locations for the movie in Islamic State strongholds.
The Internet reacted accordingly.
Rambo only fights wars America has lost. This doesn't bode well: http://t.co/m2u6WwBLOc
— Michael Weiss (@michaeldweiss) July 13, 2015
Some voiced skepticism about Stallone looking for filming locations in active war zones:
re: the initial reports, it would be weird for Stallone to send teams to "scout" in ISIS-controlled areas… like, c'mon.
— Asawin Suebsaeng (@swin24) July 13, 2015
While others already had the Oscar winning scene all planned out:
Looking forward to the scene where Stallone kills Baghdadi by throwing him into a volcano.
— Murtaza Hussain (@MazMHussain) July 13, 2015
But in the end, the announcement, like many things on the internet, turned out to be false.
Rambo has fought in war zones from Vietnam to Afghanistan. The Islamic State will have to wait.