Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham and other Cast Talk ‘The Expendables’
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The Expendables is an American ensemble action thriller franchise spanning a film series, written by Sylvester Stallone and based on characters created by David Callaham, and additional media.
The films star an ensemble cast, most notably Stallone and Jason Statham, and were executive produced by Basil Iwanyk and Guymon Casady.
The film series itself was created to pay homage to the blockbuster action films of the 1980s and 1990s, and also pays tribute to the action stars of those decades, as well as more recent stars in action.
The series consists of four films: The Expendables (2010), The Expendables 2 (2012), The Expendables 3 (2014) and the upcoming The Expendables 4 (2022), and an ongoing comic book series: The Expendables Go to Hell (2021).
The series has received mixed critical reception, in regard to its plots and dialogue between the characters; however, many critics praised the use of humor and action scenes. The films have been box office successes.
In January 2020, a spin-off film centered around Statham’s character titled The Expendables: A Christmas Story, was reported to be in development. In late-2019, Duncan Jones entered early negotiations to serve as director.
Later, D.J. Caruso replaced Jones, from a script by Max D. Adams. Stallone will reprise his role, while Schwarzenegger and Tony Jaa are in negotiations to return to and join the franchise, respectively.
The production budget will be $70 million. The project will be a joint-venture between Millennium Media and Nu Image Productions.