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.
Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.