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The Expendables 2 earned slightly more money than its predecessor at the global box office, even if it wasn’t as successful in America. Thus, it’s kind of surprising that we haven’t heard much word about a possible Expendables 3. All of that changes today, though, as AICN is running an article in which Jackie Chan discusses joining the cast of Expendables 3.
Jackie says Sylvester Stallone invited the Hong Kong action icon to play a part in the sequel, with Chan adding the caveat that he must be more than just “a minor role with a few scenes.” Now that Expendables 3 is moving forward with Chan in the cast, the screenplay is being reworked into more of a ‘buddy action picture’ with Sly Stallone and Jackie Chan teaming up.
Updates: It’s likely best to take this news with a grain of salt, but Chinese Films relays news from Screen Crush that John Woo is interested in directing The Expendables 3 – as long as he has creative control and can set the film in China. Says Woo: “I want to shoot the movie the way I want.” The acclaimed filmmaker supposedly already has a fight scene between Jet Li and Jean-Claude Van Damme mapped out in his head, even though Van Damme wasn’t in a condition to fight anyone at the end of The Expendables 2.
The Playlist reports that Dolph Lundgren hinted The Expendables 3 may begin production this fall and Jackie Chan, Wesley Snipes and Nicolas Cage are wanted. | A new article from Movie Pilot suggests that Jackie Chan and Nicolas Cage are definite additions to the cast, with actor Tom Sizemore (True Romance) up for the role of the main villain.
ComingSoon has the scoop from Sylvester Stallone himself! Sly says that Expendables 3 needs “more humor,” but fans shouldn’t expect Steven Seagal (Above the Law) to make an appearance. However, Sly says Jackie Chan is still a definite possibility! Lastly, Sly says the Expendables team needs more young blood, mostly like 20-something guys to serve as tech wizards for the team, as well as a wise-cracking female who is tough but not just a sex symbol.
Via AICN: Sly posted a message to Twitter – which has since been deleted – which made it sound like Wesley Sniples’ involvement in the film is a done deal. Additionally, the latest rumor is that Sly is courting Mel Gibson to direct, or at least star in, Expendables 3. Considering how much slow-motion violence Gibson has brought to the screen as a filmmaker, he seems like a natural fit for the series but Cityonfire.com is still holding out hope that John Woo helms the picture.
Some new tweets from Sylvester Stallone indicate that he is meeting with a possible director for Expendables 3 soon – and it’s not John Woo or Mel Gibson. Stallone says he’s a big fan but Woo is busy with his filmwork in China. As far as Mel Gibson, Stallone says “Sorry, tried hard, Mel’s living his own life…”
Sly Stallone has handed directing duties to Australian filmmaker Patrick Hughes, who wrote and directed the 2010 modern day Western Red Hill. His 2008 short film Signs is also available on YouTube. Stallone promises that Expendables 3 will have a mix of heart and action, and that he’s aiming to top what he considers his best pure action film – 2008′s Rambo.
BREAKING NEWS: Stallone recently tweeted about wanting to top The Raid (as far as raising the bar in action), the return of Mickey Rourke, as well as the inclusion of Jackie Chan and Wesley Snipes. | Tweet on The Raid: “Thinking about Raiding, THE RAID….think about it…”, followed by “We believe we can do better than the RAID, which was an excellent film… Raising the bar…” | Tweet on Jackie Chan: “What’s the plan? Ask Jackie Chan….” | Tweet on Wesley Snipes: “Talked to WESLEY today … He can not WAIT to fight to the top again!!!!!!! | Tweet on Mickey Rourke: “Mighty Mickey is back…..”