(PRWEB) April 01, 2005
David Morrell, best-selling author of First Blood with its lead character Rambo, commended the film treatment currently being touted as the fourth installment in the Rambo film franchise as being 'impressive and remarkably well researched.' The premise of the equally-popular and controversial treatment envisages John J. Rambo now working at the United Nations, when Islamist terrorists hijack the institution holding the world ransom. Rambo tries to take the terrorists down, knowing that his Afghani-adopted son, Hamid, is part of the terrorist mission. The commendation marks another major step in reviving the 1980s action film franchise which has generated $2 billion dollars at the global box office and created an icon in global popular culture.
Praising the treatment's understanding of the sensitive relationship between contemporary global geo-political situation and its impact on human spirituality, Morrell says 'Alpha1Media's ambitions to give the character some meaning are commendable.' Continuing the trend of recent films like Tom Cruise's 'The Last Samurai', the title of the treatment, 'Holy War', refers primarily to the spiritual warfare of the archetypal warrior-sage found in ancient religious cultures, with Rambo perceived as its modern archetype.
Morrell is the successful author of twenty-four books, with eighteen million copies in print which have been translated into twenty-two languages, including such acclaimed action thrillers as The Fifth Profession, Assumed Identity, and Extreme Denial. Renowned as the father of the contemporary action thriller, Morrell wrote First Blood, a novel about a returned Vietnam veteran, John Rambo, suffering from post-trauma stress disorder that comes into conflict with a small-town police chief and fights his own version of the Vietnam War, in 1972. In Morrell's own words, 'I wanted to write about a character who brings the war to the United States.' Based on the novel, 1981's film First Blood ignited cinema screens worldwide with Sylvester Stallone portraying the lead character, leading to two blockbuster sequels. The character of Rambo was last seen in cinema screens in 1988's Rambo III, itself dedicated to the 'valiant Afghan people' and which saw the iconic super-soldier assisting the Afghan Mujahideen against the Soviet occupation.
Admired for his exhaustive research, Morrell has also been trained in firearms, hostage negotiation, assuming identities, executive protection, and anti-terrorist driving, among numerous other action skills that he describes in his novels. However, it is his subtle understanding of human relationships which has extended his global readership over the past decades, not only ably demonstrated in novels such as Desperate Measures, but also in his haunting memoirs, Fireflies: A Father's Tale of Love and Loss. As Morrell wrote the novelisations for the subsequent installments of the Rambo saga, and retains the print rights to the character, film industry analysts perceive the author's involvement as being invaluable in developing the fourth installment of the fourth Rambo film to its full potential.
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