Sylvester Stallone and Bear Grylls are getting together on a so far untitled reality adventure series.
Rocky and Rambo star Sylvester Stallone will star alongside Man vs. Wild’s Bear Grylls for a “game-changing” unscripted reality show. Deadline reports that Stallone’s production company Balboa Productions is teaming up with Natural Studios for a “genre-bending” adventure series. LEGO Masters executive producers Sharon Levy and DJ Nurre are set to work on the series, which currently doesn’t have a network attached.
In the official press release, Sylvester Stallone said that it’s been a goal of his to push the envelope “not only in life but in all of [his] endeavors.” The untitled series will be Stallone’s second foray into reality television, having previously produced and hosted the unscripted boxing series The Contender. Stallone worked with Survivor creator Mark Burnette on the series, which ran for one season on NBC and had four additional seasons on ESPN, NBCSN, and Epix.
Sharon Levy stated she was “truly excited” to work with Sylvester Stallone and Bear Grylls and claimed that everyone was coming together to create a “first-of-its-kind, hybrid unscripted series.” While discussing his collaboration with Stallone, Grylls called the actor “the most iconic face in the action space” and mentioned that both he and Stallone “envisage” the energy he brings to his action films “being channeled into [development of the series].”
Sylvester Stallone continues to star in many projects, even at 76. The Rocky actor is set to make his scripted series debut in the Paramount+ series Tulsa King. Stallone will play a paroled mobster.
Sylvester Stallone also has many film projects he’s produced and starred in recently. His superhero film Samaritan was released on Prime Video on August 26th, 2022, and received mainly mixed reviews. The story is centered on a kid who suspects that his neighbor is secretly a superhero believed to have died years ago.
Of course, there is the Rocky series which Sylvester Stallone has an understandable interest in. Prior to his star-making turn in 1976’s Rocky, Stallone asked if he could appear as an extra in The Godfather. The studio decided not to cast him as they believed he wasn’t a good fit for the role.
Four years later, Sylvester Stallone decided to make what many consider the greatest boxing movie of all time. Rocky was such a tremendous critical and financial success that it sparked numerous sequels and spinoffs. The actor’s last appearance in a Rocky universe movie was in Creed 2.
Sylvester Stallone vented his frustrations over the reports of there being a spinoff based on the Drago character. Stallone claimed he had no knowledge of the project and wrote a savage post on social media about producer Irwin Winkler. The Rocky star then called out Dolph Lundgren and asked why he didn’t tell him about the spinoff.
Regardless, Sylvester Stallone continues to nab quite a few projects outside the Rocky franchise. In addition to his new series with Bear Grylls, he’s also set to reprise his role as Barney Ross in The Expendables 4. Here’s hoping all of these projects are well received by audiences.