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'The Expendables' aims to come back -- but with Stalllone in a different guise

March 8, 2011 |  4:58 pm

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EXCLUSIVE: Fans of 'The Expendables" have been clamoring for a sequel since the final round of alter kocker gunfire went off last summer.

Now it looks like they'll get their wish-- but without Sylvester Stallone behind the camera.

The follow-up movie is a priority at producer Millennium Films, where it's being developed by  Stallone, the creative force behind the original. But Stallone, who both starred in and directed the 2010 summer hit, isn't, at the moment, planning on helming the new movie. Instead, he's been meeting with directors to tackle the sequel, said a person who was briefed on the project but was not authorized to speak about it publicly.

The script for the new movie has been written by David Agosto and Ken Kaufman, the latter of whom counts the Clint Eastwood adventure "Space Cowboys" and family comedy "Curious George" among his credits, said the source. (Stallone co-wrote the script for the original with David Callaham.)

A spokeswoman for Millennium declined to comment.

Made essentially outside the studio system and distributed by Lionsgate, "The Expendables" became a $275-million global grosser on the strength of an action-hero ensemble cast that included Stallone, Jet Li, Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren and Steve Austin. In the movie, a motley crew of action heroes gather to overthrow a South American despot. There's no word yet on the mission in the new movie.

Stallone has been talking about an "Expendables" sequel since before the first movie opened, telling 24 Frames last August that he "had an idea ready to go," and adding that he's "going to try to do something that's quite radical." He's subsequently said he'd like to dial in new characters and reduce the role of  older characters.

Some of the casting speculation for a possible sequel has centered on Bruce Willis getting a larger role, fueled by Stallone's tweet last summer that he wanted the actor as a "super villain." But maybe more intriguing is the prospect of Arnold Schwarzenegger making an appearance: The former governor had a walk-on part in the first "Expendables." But he has a lot more time now that Sacramento has made him, well, you know.

--Steven Zeitchik

twitter.com/ZeitchikLAT

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Photo: Stallone & co. in "The Expendables." Credit: Lionsgate

 


 
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John Woo to direct.

Also, get Van Damme, Kevin Costner, and Nic Cage in with the ensemble.

cant wait

maybe even steven seagal. I actually like action movies, I wasn't too crazy about the expendables. I really did like Rambo IV (except the stupid mushroom cloud). I think a lot of audiences are just tired of CGI when it comes to action films.

You need Van Damme, Chuck Norris, Steven Segal and Wesley Snipes. It doesn't matter if they're so called good actors or bad actors. This will go along with the spirit of everything. Throw Chow-Yun-Fat in there too for good measure.

ROEL REINE FTW

Death Race 2 was a million times better than Death Race 1, and he had NO MONEY to make it.

I really liked the first Expendable. The recipe was really there for an action movie.

Walter Hill or John Milius.


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