fair warning: ‘Expendables’ sequel all but inevitable
Sylvester Stallone. As writer, director, auteur behind The Expendables, he has had, as you would expect of a true artist, a grand panoply of story in mind for his epic of manly teamwork, of which we see but a tiny part in this film. More to come? Back in July, when he spoke to MTV News at Comic Con, he said:
It all depends on how this film does. Next thing might be directing at a parking lot, or it might be a film.
It no longer depends. The Expendables took in almost $35 million this weekend, Stallone’s biggest opening by far as director, and as star, too. Entertainment Weekly’s Owen Gleiberman pins the film’s success on “’80s-action nostalgia” but really: It’s just about the stuff blowing up while old tough guys get out of the way, isn’t it?
Which makes Stallone’s talk of sequel, to The Hollywood Reporter, all the more intriguing:
It’s plotted out in my mind’s eye. I believe this group has to continue to evolve; it just can’t become the same people. So how do you get new people introduced into the group, and how do you have some of the other people leaving? Those are the challenges.
Plot? “Stuff blows up”: done. The only challenge is in which old tough guys he’ll be able to convince to get onboard this time. My short list of awesome possibles:
Jean-Claude Van Damme
Plus Steve McQueen and Charles Bronson via the sweet magic of CGI. I can’t wait till Summer 2012!
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