A sequel to ‘The Expendables’ is something fans of the first movie have been looking forward to. However it seems Sylvester Stallone, the creative force behind the original, may not be behind the camera second time round.
According to 24 Frames, Stallone, who both starred in and directed the 2010 summer hit, has decided to not direct the sequel, and has been meeting with directors to tackle the movie.
Prior to the release of the first movie, Stallone always mentioned a sequel, stating, “I have an idea ready to go” and “I’m going to try to do something that’s quite radical.” He added how he’d like to dial in new characters and reduce the role of older characters.
The first movie grossed €197m worldwide. The ensemble action film starred Stallone, Dolph Lundgren, Jason Statham, Terry Crews, Mickey Rourke, Jet Li, Randy Couture, Steve Austin, Gary Daniels, Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger (the latter two in cameo roles). In the movie, a motley crew of action heroes gather to overthrow a ruthless South American dictator.
A script for the sequel is said to be ready and was written by David Agosto and Ken Kaufman (‘Space Cowboys’), but at the moment there is no word of what type of mission would be at the core of the sequel and what changes the ensemble cast may undergo.
One of the ideas that Stallone was playing with, was to have Bruce Willis take on a larger role in the sequel, possibly as a “super villain.”