Entertainment One (eOne) partners with Avi Lerner to develop and produce TV series based on the action franchise. Producers in negotiation with Sylvester Stallone.

eOne has secured a co-development pact with Avi Lerner (Rambo, The Expendables) and Nu Image to develop and produce a television series based on action movie Rambo.

Under their exclusive option arrangement, the partners will collectively develop the series and shop it to broadcasters in the US and internationally. The parties are currently in negotiations with Sylvester Stallone, star of the original films, to be involved with the project on a creative level as well as potentially reprise his iconic role as the original John Rambo.

The original movie was based on David Morell novel First Blood and centres on a troubled Vietnam War veteran and former Green Beret who is skilled in many aspects of survival, weaponry, hand to hand combat and guerrilla warfare. The series consists of the films First Blood, Rambo: First Blood Part II, Rambo III and Rambo.

John Morayniss, CEO of eOne Television, said: “Rambo fans cover all demographics and we’re confident that we’ll quickly find this series a home.”

Lerner said: “I’m excited by the prospect of collaborating again with my good friend Sly for an encore in this next phase of the Rambo legacy.”

The television series will be produced by eOne in association with Lerner and Nu Image.  Executive producers will include John Morayniss (Klondike, Rogue) for eOne and Lerner for Nu Image, with eOne handling the worldwide rights to the series in all media.

eOne’s other series include Hell on Wheels, Rookie Blue, Klondike, Haven, Rogue, Call Me Fitz, Saving Hope and Bitten. The group also handles distribution of AMC’s The Walking Dead.