The Nexus of Pop-Culture Fandom

Harry Knowles Persuades Stallone to Avoid Trip to Hell

Written by: Tony Lazlo, CC2K Staff Writer

ImageSource: Ain't It Cool News

In one of the weirdest developments in movies this year, Sylvester Stallone called Harry Knowles to talk about his new Rambo movie, Rambo: To Hell and Back – and Knowles talked him into changing the title back to what it was.

I told him that I didn't feel the title JOHN RAMBO meant that this was the last Rambo movie, but that like with ROCKY BALBOA – it was more about a personal journey for the character. That JOHN RAMBO meant less cartoonish and a commitment to making the franchise a real quality return to the character. That the title, without a hyphen or a colon meant – this was a story about JOHN RAMBO.

That seemed to resonate with Sly and he stated, "Alright, that's the title. JOHN RAMBO."

More after the jump!

If memory serves, Stallone decided on a plot for this movie after reading a random article. Now we hear that he throws his marketing department into disarray by changing the title twice in the space of a week based on one brief conversation.

I admit I like that Stallone listened to the fans on this one – John Rambo is a much better title – but it weirds me out that he handles a major Hollywood production in such a cavalier way. 



Author: Tony Lazlo, CC2K Staff Writer

Robert J. Peterson is a writer and web developer living in Los Angeles. A Tennessee native, he graduated from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. He’s written for newspapers and websites all over the country, including the Marin Independent Journal, the Telluride Daily Planet,, Offscreen, and He co-hosts the podcasts Make It So and Hiram’s Lodge. He’s appeared as a pop-culture guru on the web talk shows Comics on Comics, The Fanbase Press Week In Review, Collider Heroes, ScreenJunkies TV Fights, and Fandom Planet. He’s the founder of California Coldblood Books.

Share this content:

Leave a Reply