Simon West to Direct THE EXPENDABLES 2

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After all that talk of whether Sylvester Stallone would be returning to the director’s chair for The Expendables 2 or not, it looks like Simon West (The Mechanic) will be taking the reins this time around. Deadline reports that, after a long search, West has been given the job of overseeing the flick, which centers on a bunch of guys killing people. West is no stranger to action flicks, as his filmography includes Con Air, Laura Croft: Tomb Raider, and The General’s Daughter. While Con Air has its cheesy charm, West hasn’t really done anything that makes me think he’s the right choice for Expendables 2. Stallone’s work on the first flick wasn’t especially mind-blowing, but he brought a certain seriousness that grounded the ridiculous action in reality. I can’t really see West bringing anything interesting to the material, but maybe he’ll surprise.

While nothing’s confirmed, the report states that the original cast of Stallone, Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Mickey Rourke, Terry Crews and Jet Li are expected to return. The plot has yet to be released for the flick, but Stallone previously expressed his interest in having Bruce Willis return as a super-villain. Lionsgate is set to release The Expendables 2 on August 17th, 2012.




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  • Jason

    You call the action in the first movie “ridiculous”? How can you call it “ridiculous” if it was barely visible?

    The action in the Expendables was “unwatchable”. You couldn’t see much of it since it was shot shaky cam style with ADD editing.

    With West directing part 2 it seems that the sequel is aiming for a new way to suck.

    I really hope Jet Li drops out of it.

  • CharlieS

    I enjoyed The Expendables, mainly for the cast, but it was directed terribly. Poor cinematography, awful ad-libbed lines.
    West had some recent action chops, and I think he’ll definitely raise the bar. Con Air was fun and well-directed, as was The Mechanic. If Expendables 2 is as good as those two films with the same great cast (-Couture, hopefully), I’ll be very happy.
    Here’s hoping they’re get The Rock, Vin Diesel, Van Dammed & Segal this time around! ;)

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  • Jazzy Jace

    Clearly, this reviewer has no idea about Simon West (who directed the pilot for Human Target also, as well as a hit TV show, Strike Back in 2010). Sly’s directorial duties got a D- from me, and expect Simon will show everyone, how it should be done.

  • nawtnt

    The Expendables was the best action movie of the decade and it is good to get some of the action hero legends back on the screen.

    Simon West is a great choice, he is a good director and Con Air is the best action movie ever.

    I hope the script will be good and every hero and every villain in the sequel has a fair amount of screentime.

    This is my list for The Expendables 2 cast:
    http://www.imdb.com/list/GjFtifuSlxU/

  • Marlcoroliteman

    Con Air was good but should have been better, Laura Croft was scary bad…horrible…only good thing about it was Angelina Jolie and her amazing breasts….so yea I agree with you this West guy is not bringing much to the table.

  • Rachel Palmer

    I hope in the sequel, there will be more amazing fight scenes.
    It would be good if they include Jackie Chan, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Steven Seagal, Chuck Norris, Michael Jai White, Kurt Angle and Bill Goldberg.

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