Quentin Tarantino said a long time ago that he was going to make only 10 movies and then retire from the director’s chair. A student of cinema, he grew up seeing legends of the past, becoming a shell of themselves as the years wore on. That is not something the Pulp Fiction director wants for himself; he wants to go out on top and revealed that he wants to direct Adam Driver in a First Blood aka Rambo adaptation.
First Blood, along with Rocky, was a coming out party for Sylvester Stallone who played the character of Rambo in the David Morrell written book’s adaptation. The Vietnam war commentary book was turned into an action thriller that shook the box office and spawned four sequels. But for those who have not read the books, the story is drastically different between the novel and the film.
Quentin Tarantino is diving into different areas recently, he recently published a book and said he is looking to get into the TV world. But during a conversation while promoting his novel, the director-extraordinaire said if was just looking to make a good movie, David Morrell’s classic novel would be his choice with the beloved Star Wars actor.
Adam Driver as Rambo in Quentin Tarantino’s Adaptation of First Blood
Sly’s adaptation of First Blood is a little loosely based on the novel itself. The book and the character were turned into an action hero and a franchise leader instead of the soldier coming into a society that no longer accepted people like him. The book was critically lauded and is still considered to be a classic centered during the Vietnam war period.
Quentin Tarantino wants to be true to the book itself and says there is enough material in the novel to be turned into a great movie. And if he were to do an adaptation of Morrell’s work than the only person fit enough to be his Rambo would be Adam Driver.
Adam Driver is a former Marine who started pursuing a career in acting after his tour of duty was over. He has given talks about the transition between the two worlds. And he is also now an Oscar-nominated, multiple-award winning actor sought after by almost everyone in Hollywood. But appearing in Tarantino’s last film would be an even bigger honour.
Regarding the adaptation Tarantino told The Big Ticket podcast, “If I just wanted to make a good movie, that I knew would be good, I would take David Morrell’s novel for First Blood and do the novel. Not the movie that was made out of First Blood. I would do the novel.”
“Kurt Russell would play the sheriff, and [Adam Driver] would play Rambo. Every time I read it, the dialogue is so fantastic in the David Morrell novel that you’re reading it out loud. It would be so good. But now I want to do more than that. But if it was just about to make a good movie, that’s out there,” Tarantino said about his casting choice.
The great thing about directors like Quentin Tarantino and Christopher Nolan is, they are inspired by things but create their own new stories. That has been their biggest draw in a world where existing IP rules the multiplexes. We know Quentin would do a fantastic job adapting First Blood, but the fans want to see the direct present one last original story before he hangs it up.
Also, this is not something new about the Django Unchained director wanting to tackle a popular franchise. He flirted with the idea of making a Star Trek movie, back in 2018. It shows that Quentin Tarantino is truly a fan at heart, seeing possibilities everywhere to enhance the viewing experience of the masses.
If we are being totally honest, it would be interesting to see a Quentin Tarantino directed First Blood movie starring Adam Driver and Kurt Russell. But as of this writing, there is no clue as to the 10th and final movie of the acclaimed director.
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