Patrick Hughes to Direct THE EXPENDABLES 3

Next outing of the all-star action ensemble secures director.

Sylvester Stallone took to his Twitter (@TheSlyStallone) last night to confirm that Australian helmer Patrick Hughes has been set as the director of ‘The Expendables 3.’

“EX3 Needs freshness, class, and much badass,” says Stallone. “….Found it… Blood Sweat and Fears, coming soon… My best PURE ACTION FILM – The last RAMBO – I want this one to top it and I believe it will with NEW BLOOD.”

Production on ‘The Expendables 3’ is expected to kick off mid-August with Stallone, Jason Statham and Dolph Lundgren returning. Martial arts legend Jackie Chan and Stallone’s ‘Demolition Man’ co-star Wesley Snipes are being eyed as possible additions for the threequel.

Hill, a successful commercials director, made his feature directorial debut with ‘Red Hill,’ the 2010 gritty action thriller starring Ryan Kwanten of ‘True Blood’ fame.