Despite racking up $275 million worldwide last year and being a good old fashioned action movie, the reviews for The Expendables weren’t that great. Being Sylvester Stallone’s project he decided to both co-write and direct, most likely to keep costs down as it had no studio backing until Lionsgate picked it up for distribution.
Sly has been talking about making The Expendables 2 since the first movie opened, and back in January Bruce Willis confirmed he will be in the sequel, with filming possibly taking place sometime this year. However, it doesn’t look like Sly will be as involved behind the camera this time round.
From 24 Frames:
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.
David Agosto and Ken Kaufman (Space Cowboys) have apparently written the script, so it looks like the plan to shoot later this year is still on track. I’m sure Stallone will still be making key decisions, but having a new director could help improve the sequel.
Along with more Bruce Willis, there has also been talk of Jean-Claude Van Damme showing up in the next one after turning down a role in the original. Apparently he felt there was no substance or development to his character, however while promoting The Expendables Sly said he had spoken to Van Damme and there was some regret on his part for not appearing. Arnold Schwarzenegger could also have a larger role as he is now back in acting mode.