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David Morrell & Rambo, Back in Action

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David Morrell is no stranger to having his work adapted for the screen: his 1972 novel, First Blood, was the inspiration for the Rambo film franchise. Next up for Morrell ’67 is a return to the small screen, as Deadline reported that a new series is in the works about John J. Rambo and his son titled Rambo: New Blood.

The series’ executive producer will be the star of the series, Sylvester Stallone. There’s no word on what Morrell’s role will be, but according to his IMDb page, he is a writer for a Rambo television project. There is no word on when the show will debut, but it will reportedly air on Fox. It’s also not 100 percent clear if this show will go beyond a pilot, as Morrell tweeted that Fox is only paying for a one-hour script.

Bill DiFilippo, online editor

December 2, 2015 at 11:15 am Leave a comment

Philip Klass and William Tenn, RIP

Former Penn State English professor Philip Klass—best known to generations of science fiction fans by his pen name, William Tenn—died Sunday at 89. This obituary in the Centre Daily Times gives a good sense of what made Klass and his work so memorable and influential; among the writers touched by his guidance are David Morrell ’67 MA, ’70 PhD Lib (best-selling author of First Blood among many others) and Steven Levy ’74 MA Lib, who today penned this terrific tribute on Wired magazine’s site.

Quick update: Our editor, Tina Hay, found a link that we just had to add to this post — a profile of Tenn from a 1973 issue of The Penn Stater. No, none of us were here then (although that is the year I was born…) and therefore cannot take credit or blame for the psychedelic art work. It’s a fun read.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

February 8, 2010 at 5:15 pm 4 comments

Rambo Onstage, Sort Of

Yesterday’s New York Times theatre section reviewed a show called Rambo Solo, a send-up of an obsessed fan of the novel First Blood. That book, which eventually led to Sylvester Stallone’s Rambo movies, was written by David Morrell ’67 MA, ’70 PhD Lib.

The review is generally favorable about the show, staged by Nature Theater of Oklahoma, although a bit snarky about Morrell’s novel.

Chas Brua, contributing editor

March 24, 2009 at 12:29 pm 1 comment

A Last-Minute Gift Idea

I can’t technically recommend it (because I haven’t actually read it), but I’ll go ahead and offer a quick plug for the latest novel from David Morrell ’67, ’70  PhD: The Spy Who Came For Christmas.

1593154879Morrell, whose 1972 debut novel First Blood inspired the movie Rambo, returns with a holiday thriller set in Santa Fe,  N.M. The characters include Russian mobsters, a charismatic Middle Eastern preacher, and a double-agent with a five-week-old baby hidden under his jacket; like I said, I haven’t read it, but it certainly sounds compelling.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

December 18, 2008 at 4:31 pm Leave a comment


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