Sylvester Stallone hoping to bring Cobra back as a TV series

Crime is a disease and he was the cure.

Crime is a disease and he was the cure.

In 1986, Sylvester Stallone introduced action movie fans to a different kind of cop.

His name was Lieutenant Marion Cobretti, he was a member of the agency’s elite division known as the “Zombie Squad” and he usually went by the codename Cobra.

Cobra saw Stallone’s renegade law enforcer going up against a secret society named The New World who had violent designs on Model and businesswoman Ingrid Knudsen.

Played to 80s perfection by Stallone’s then-wife Brigitte Nielsen, Cobra was the only thing that stood between the cult and Knudsen – and nothing was getting past him.

A big box office hit, grossing $150 million worldwide, Cobra didn’t garner glowing reviews from the critics but remains a firm favourite among Sly fans.

The only real mystery is why fans never got a Cobra 2.

Now Stallone has opened up about the subject in a Q&A at Cannes [via Deadline] where he discussed the idea of a Cobra reboot, how his frayed relationship with Nielsen curtailed plans for a sequel and what he has in mind for Marion Cobretti in the not-too-distant future:

“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.”

While the “personal problems” Stallone had with Nielsen stopped a sequel happening bck in the 1980s, the pair appear to be on better terms these days, having appeared together in Creed 2.

With Rambo V: Last Blood set to bring the curtain down on one iconic Stallone character, it looks like Sly may already be turning his attentions to another old favourite.

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