Red Hill director Patrick Hughes is finally in production on his second feature and that makes me pretty darn happy. That this feature happens to be the third Expendables film… well, I’m confident he can do something with this. And there is some real talent on the cast, even if it isn’t always acting talent.
Indeed, the official cast list has been issued today, as part of the start-of-production press release. It’s also mentioned that Bourne‘s Dan Bradley, a very skilled and experienced second unit director, will be handling… well, appropriately enough, the second unit.
The Expendables 3 will feature Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Terry Crews and Arnold Schwarzenegger returning to their roles in the first two films with Wesley Snipes, Antonio Banderas, Mel Gibson and Harrison Ford joining the all-star cast along with Kellan Lutz, MMA star Ronda Rousey, welterweight boxing champion Victor Ortiz and Glen Powell.
Patrick Hughes will direct the film, with veteran Dan Bradley directing the second unit. The Expendables 3 is written by Creighton Rothenberger & Katrin Benedikt, who previously teamed on Olympus Has Fallen, and Sylvester Stallone. Avi Lerner, Kevin King-Templeton, Danny Lerner and Les Weldon are producing The Expendables 3. Trevor Short, Boaz Davidson and John Thompson are executive producing. Lionsgate will release The Expendables 3 in North America and the UK on August 15, 2014.
Also in the release is the first plot blurb for the film, which shows that Stallone went for his “young guys controlling drones” concept as opposed to the “ladies team up with the gentlemen” option.
Barney (Stallone), Christmas (Statham) and the rest of the team comes face-to-face with Conrad Stonebanks (Gibson), who years ago co-founded The Expendables with Barney. Stonebanks subsequently became a ruthless arms trader and someone who Barney was forced to kill… or so he thought. Stonebanks, who eluded death once before, now is making it his mission to end The Expendables — but Barney has other plans. Barney decides that he has to fight old blood with new blood, and brings in a new era of Expendables team members, recruiting individuals who are younger, faster and more tech-savvy. The latest mission becomes a clash of classic old-school style versus high-tech expertise in the Expendables’ most personal battle yet.
And for posterity, how Stallone described this loose concept the first time:
The Expendables… they’re broken up, they’re shot, they’ve had it, they’re done. We have to hire new us, we have to find new Expendables, but there are none! They don’t make people like us anymore; they are all like robots. So I can go out and hire five young guys, but they’re the new army, they got drones and technology, but they’re not like us. Remember in Tropic Thunder? Just like those guys!
Just like the guys in Tropic Thunder? Surely not just like them.
Though… of course… my imagination is running rampant now. And I would like to see Mel Gibson do his best Les Grossman.