Sylvester Stallone Will NOT Direct Sequel to THE EXPENDABLES

     March 8, 2011

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Fans of the 2010 ensemble action hit The Expendables will almost certainly be getting a sequel in due time (the film reigned in close to $275 million worldwide against a sub-$100 million production budget). However, it’s looking increasingly likely that star/co-writer/director Sylvester Stallone will not helm the follow-up. According to 24 Frames (who got the info from an unidentified source who has been “briefed on the project”) Stallone is not currently planning on directing the sequel. Instead, the report claims that Sly has been meeting with potential directors for the project.

The report also confirms that the sequel’s script has already been penned by the writing team of Ken Kaufman (Space Cowboys) and David Agosto (a departure from the original writing pair of Dave Callaham and Stallone). That said, there is currently no word on what type of mission will be at the core of the flick and/or what alterations the ensemble cast may undergo (although my earlier hope that The Undertaker would play a key role seems to be dwindling by the day). Given his new found free time, is there a chance we could see a bigger role for Arnold Schwarzenegger? What are your thoughts on a sequel directed by someone other than Sly? Let us know in the comments.

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  • DamnShame

    it was his baby…stallone baby. Stallone is an action god.

  • Stallone!!!

    Stallone is the man! It sucks he wont direct the sequel. He made a great first flick. Cant wait to see him in HEADSHOT!

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  • Jonathan

    OMG, what is he doing? This was his original idea and it made HUGE profit. He is 3 for 3. Why would he hand over the sure-thing sequal to another director?

    As long as STALLONE IS IN THE MOVIE, and IS OVERSEESING the project, it should be good.

    I tell ya, after all the shit this man had to go through in Hollywood, after all the stick he received for following his dream, he should use the sure thing success of the sequal to continue bolstering his comeback

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  • Kara

    Loved ‘The Expendables’!!

    Can’t believe he’s letting someone else direct the sequel… Wonder what made come to this decision…

  • Hairyman

    I thought it was poorly directed to be honest. I loved the concept of the movie. I loved the script. I loved the actors. But I think a different director will help the sequel. I am only worried that he is not writing it.

  • Terry

    Seriously, would we even notice the difference if Sly or somewhere else was behind the camera?
    Now, if we were talking about the photo techniques between Annie Leibovitz and Richard Avedon then we could talk.

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  • Cristina

    However, I thought “The Expendables” budegt was more in the $60-80mil. rangeThis was my understanding as well. Rambo 4 carried a budegt of $50 million and I’d be shocked if Expendables cost less than that film.Early on, Sly also admitted he was hoping The Expendables would appeal to a broader audience and boast a higher budegt. However, he appears to have back off of that approach and returned to trying to cater directly to fanboys again.It will be interesting to see how well this performs- especially after opening weekend. I get the impression Sly’s hoping it will allow him to retire Rambo and provide a new franchise for churning out endless sequels. Kind’ve ironic, considering he’s spent the last five years explaining his desire to make multiple Rambo sequels. In 2005, he told Larry King he wanted to make a Rambo film like Straw Dogs. Not long after that, it was a story sending Rambo off to Mexico. Then it was Burma. Then it was Rambo fighting a science experiment near Canada. Then it was back to Mexico. Now Sly’s suddenly decided the character is behind him and his future lies in fronting various teams comprised of DTV actors.