The Expendables

Sylvester Stallone Confirms Expendables Spinoff Shoots In October

For a long time, it felt as though we'd seen the last of The Expendables, Sylvester Stallone's troupe of aging action heroes who starred in a trilogy of old school blockbusters that combined to earn a shade over $800 million at the box office. However, the decision to make the third installment PG-13 was a massive mistake, and matters weren't helped by a pristine copy leaking online weeks ahead of release.

For a long time, it felt as though we’d seen the last of The Expendables, Sylvester Stallone’s troupe of aging action heroes who starred in a trilogy of old school blockbusters that combined to earn a shade over $800 million at the box office. After all, the decision to make the third installment PG-13 was a massive mistake, and matters weren’t helped by a pristine copy leaking online weeks ahead of release.

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For the last seven years we’ve occasionally heard tell of The Expendables 4, mostly from Randy Couture, but talk of any potential spinoffs or female-driven effort The Expendabelles fell by the wayside. Until now, that is. As you can see below, Stallone recently took to social media to reveal a highly detailed tattoo one fan has of the actor’s Barney Ross, and he confirmed a new installment will begin shooting in October.

The bad news for some fans is that it’s not going to be The Expendables 4, but A Christmas Story has been teased before. As you may have guessed, the concept focuses more on a solo adventure for Jason Statham’s Lee Christmas as opposed to a standard ensemble film, but early last year it was reported that Disturbia, Eagle Eye and xXx: The Return of Xander Cage director DJ Caruso was being sought to helm the project, with a script from Max Adams.

There’s no word on whether or not the aforementioned talent remains attached, but in effect what we’re getting is a Jason Statham action thriller set within the confines of The Expendables universe, which is something that the fanbase will happily settle for if they’re not going to get a true fourth entry in the main series that gets the entire band back together.


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