‘Die Hard’ filmmaker says he’d direct an ‘Expendables’ movie

"Die Hard" Japanese Theatrical Poster

"Die Hard" Japanese Theatrical Poster

With The Expendables 3 exploding onto screen this August 15th 2014, we decided to get going on updates regarding talent (actors, directors, writers, etc.) that have reportedly been approached or have stated interest in being a part of The Expendables 4 or any future installment of the popular action franchise:

Updates: Jean-Claude Van Damme chatted with Expendables Premiere about The Expendables 4. Van Damme openly states that he’s interested, but that it’s ultimately up to Sylvester Stallone if it happens.

Here’s his exact words: “Dear Trevor and the Expendables Premiere fans, I had a great time shooting The Expendables 2 with Mr. Stallone and other big action stars. Mr. Stallone is an inventive man. He may even create a stronger character than Claude Vilain, the twin brother of Jean Vilain. Some fans ask me if the next Vilain – if there’s next– is going to be a good or a bad guy. I would leave it to Mr. Stallone to decide, as I trust his way of imagination. Thank you. – JCVD”

Expendables Premiere notes (via sources from slyitalian.com) that Steven Seagal is close to signing on as the main antagonist. According to the article, Sylvester Stallone is trying to convinced producer Avi Lerner to let bygones be bygones (apparently, Seagal and Lerner had a business disagreement and they haven’t been in good terms ever since; hence, Seagal’s lack of participitation The Expendables 2 or 3). In Addition, Stallone and Lerner will try to convince Jackie Chan to participate in a minor role, hoping that the Chinese actor will put aside his big ego. This is all definitely rumor material, but you never know!

In a recent interview with Shortlist.com (via Expendables Premiere), Pierce Brosnan said: “The offer has come in for the next Expendables. I just worked over in Bulgaria with Avi Lerner who makes them. He said ‘Would you like to be in The Expendables? I’d love to have you’, and I said ‘Why not?’. So we’ll see.” The former James Bond actor added: ”I have no idea which one it would be, I just said ‘Yes’. It could be Expendables 7!”

According to a Collider interview with Stallone, both Clint Eastwood and Jack Nicholson were both considered: “Well, you know Clint is so involved with what he’s doing, so that’s kind of a pipe dream. I was going to go up to Jack Nicholson and we just got there a little too late cause actually he had said he might be interested in it, so there are still interesting avenues out there. I want to get, if possible, the most unique actors from the past and just put ‘em on there once and for all, if we can. It just seems like an interesting quest to do that, because I don’t know if it’s ever going to happen again; we’re certainly not getting any younger. So we’re very lucky and we’re going to keep going, and it doesn’t automatically mean you have to be an action guy.”

Expendables Premiere reports (via Bulgaria’s Blitz.bg) that Hulk Hogan has joined The Expendables 4. According to the article, Hogan is expected to visit Bulgaria in the autumn to start filming. Considering The Expendables 3 hasn’t even been released yet, we doubt that this news is official. However, it’s not exactly out of the question; after all, Hogan and Sylvester Stallone have remained close friends since 1982, where the two appeared alongside each other in Rocky III. Well, only time will tell…

BREAKING NEWS: Thanks to manlymovie.net, we have this info about original Die Hard/Predator director John McTiernan: Empire asked him if he’d be willing to direct another Die Hard movie and/or an Expendables movie. His answer? Yes! “Though in theory he’d be up for doing another Die Hard movie, or an Expendables movie, he hasn’t got time for another dud: DEA versus drug lords actioner Red Squad, which is being reported as his comeback movie, has stalled because he views the current draft as offensive.

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6 Responses to ‘Die Hard’ filmmaker says he’d direct an ‘Expendables’ movie

  1. Nick EML says:

    Interesting news about Segal and Chan. Segal played, I think, a good villain in the first Machete, so let’s see that happen. Chan I think needs a bigger part, not a minor role. Jet Li’s part seems to be shrinking as these movies go on. His story in the first one really was piss poor, and in 2, he was there for the opening, and that’s it. Make Li and Chan a super duo, or Chan is part of another team, or something.

  2. Tien Kwon says:

    It has nothing to do with ego. Stallone’s script is stereotyping Asians if he didn’t know. I’m happy that Jackie has smart people around him. If a role was offered to someone like Bruce Lee. He would never accept it, especially if it’s demeaning to the Chinese and Asian community.

  3. Chad Harry says:

    personally is Seagal even in shape to make a movie with The Expendables crew? I mean I like his early films but as he got bigger his films got lousy. as for Chan… He needs a big role not a minor one…. I really hope Li gets more screen time.. He deserves it. I like the Expendables films but honestly Li’s scenes in the first one hardly make any sense. I’d rather Li and Chan make an super film with other action stars like Donnie Yen and so on.

  4. dale wylie says:

    luv seagal hes my absolute fav action star and would luv 2 c him in it if van damme does return i want him 2 b a goodie this time around as for chan dont hav a preference aint seen many of his films but know hes popular and sure hed be good honestly dont care whos in it but steven seagal is what i definetly wanna c and im surprised he hasnt appeared yet and i think out of everyone hes been the most anticipated i would quite like 2 c vin diesel and john travolta but we’ll c

  5. Ningen says:

    That’d be terrible. He’s not an action star. Did Thunder in Paradise not teach anyone this?

  6. American Ninja Man says:

    Thunder In Paradise was strictly for slow wit wankers who felt Baywatch was just a little complicated to follow coherently. Hulk Hogan sucks…bring in Dudikoff, Kosugi or (Especially) Jackie Chan already!

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