Sylvester Stallone fans will know that the iconic film star is a sucker for a good conversation. Therefore it’s no surprise that while attending the Cannes Film Festival, Stallone had many things to say about some of his most iconic characters. May 24th in it’s entirety was dedicated to the prolific and long-running career of Stallone at Cannes with a variety of events. And though one might argue that a single day is not enough, he certainly made the most out of his celebration. After talking about the upcoming film Rambo V: Last Blood (releasing Sept. 20th), audience members were quick to bring up one of Stallone’s one-off characters; Cobra.
Cobra was released in 1986 and was directed by George P. Cosmatos, father to Mandy director Panos Cosmatos. The film tells the tale of Marion “Cobra” Cobretti (Stallone) who is tough, cavalier LA cop with endless one liners and killer sunglasses. Tasked with protecting an important witness (Brigitte Nielsen), Cobra will do whatever it takes to keep her safe. Rules and laws be damned. Cobra has an attitude for certain, but it’s just a little one. *wink* It’s an incredibly fun film and while set up to be another Stallone-centric franchise, the subsequent releases never came. When asked about this mystery, Stallone responded saying:
That (conceit) was what if Bruce Springsteen had a gun? That was rock n’ roll meets drama. That should have been another franchise because that character was so cool. And I blew it. My personal life got in the way. But we’re trying to bring it back as a streaming TV series. Bring out the zombie squad. I’m long gone, but the idea is really good.
As far as what streaming platform the series might exist on, no information has been revealed yet. Considering the political and social climate that we are living in currently, storyline material for Cobra and the rest of the Zombie Squad is certainly in abundance. In fact, Cobra may be just the cure that viewers are currently looking for. But what about Rocky you may be asking? Don’t for one second think that Rocky has been retired for good. Stallone also spoke about an idea he has for another Rocky installment: “I have a great idea for Rocky. He finds this fella in the country illegally and it becomes a whole thing. It’s like the magician who lost his tricks. You’ve seen everything, but what can be different? Throw him out of the country, he’s in another world”.
One has to admire Stallone’s eternal drive to tell stories and evolve the characters he has helped shape over the years. A true inspiration and testament to persistence and dedication, Stallone capped off the night with a few final words of wisdom: “You can have 100 bad ideas to one very good one. That’s all it takes is one good idea. Failures just make you smarter. Sometimes success makes you dumber. Never stop punching. That’s how I roll. You always have something to prove”.