monkey man Patrick Dane is fresh out of today’s The Expendables 2 junket and has been straight onto the mobile internet to send us a key quote from Sylvester Stallone. That’s how movie blogging works now, don’t you know?
Anyway, here’s the set up. Stallone was talking about recruiting a cast for The Expendables 3, talking about the existence of this threequel like a done deal. As an example of who he might want to look at, it was posited that maybe, perhaps, somebody like the Irish gold medal winning boxer Katie Taylor would be a good fit.
Now, Stallone had obviously never considered Taylor for one second, but this prompt did lead him to say something about his threequel plans:
We are thinking about different concepts because the third one is the hardest by far. The second is the natural progression. That is when the air gets rare.
We are thinking pretty ambitiously about it. She [Katie Taylor] would fit right in there. We are looking at odd choices because you now have to give the audiences something they don’t expect at all. Maybe even going for a different sort of genre if you can read between the lines. Get out there a little bit.
Stallone then looked over at Arnold and said, with a deliberate nudge-nudge, wink-wink approach:
Maybe ripoff one of your other films.
Now, the most obvious Arnold films that sit outside of the basic action genre would be the sci-fi ones – The Terminator or Total Recall being the strongest candidates.
It seems to be me like time travel back to the 80s would be the most natural fit here, and I wouldn’t at all be surprised if that’s what they’re planning. Maybe that sounds rather “out there,” but isn’t that what the man said? Really, they show no respect for the rules of physics in their stunts, so why not violate them on a grander scale?
Or maybe they’re all going to go undercover as cops in a kindergarten. I don’t know. Time will tell.
UPDATE: It’s Predator, obviously. You all worked it out for yourselves, so well done. Unless…