The influence Stallone seems most inspired to echo is The Raid, Gareth Evans’ brilliant Welsh-Indonesian action picture of a year or so back. He’s also keen for their to be female action heroes in the film too, which has led to Milla Jovovich coming in to negotiate for a role.
And there are some ideas for a memorable villain too.
According to Showbiz 411, an unverified source has claimed that Mel Gibson will play this bad guy. Roger Friedman at 411 couches his story in a sensible, failsafe manner – even the headline just claims that Gibson is “said to be” joining the film.
But it chimes. Stallone apparently asked Gibson to direct the film a few months back, but he declined.
Even if Gibbo decides not to become Expendables fodder we can see him as the villain of Machete Kills in just a few months.
Production on Expendables 3 is expected to start in the fourth quarter of the year but there’s a lot more cast to be locked in before then. For now, though, expect Stallone, Jovovich, probably Gibson, Wesley Snipes, Jackie Chan and maybe even Nicolas Cage – though he is rather good at attaching himself to films and then bailing before production.