October 12, 2012

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It looks like the all-female version of The Expendables (the one produced by Adi Shankar and written by Dutch Southern) now has some competition:  Millenium Films’ The ExpendaBelles, an action picture which recently landed a pair of scribes.  Kirsten Smith and Karen McCullah Lutz of Legally Blonde will pen the script for the mercenary movie.  The writing duo is responsible for past films like 10 Things I Hate About You, She’s the Man and The House Bunny, so we’ll see if they can up the action in their interpretation. As Deadline reports, The ExpendaBelles should be the first film in an expected franchise.  The other as-of-yet untitled all-female version of The Expendables currently has ass-kickers Gina Carano (Haywire) and Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica) on board.  Are there enough action heroines to go around for two of these films?

In related actioner news, Richard Wenk, who co-wrote the screenplay for The Expendables 2, has been tapped to re-write the Masters of the Universe treatment.  Hit the jump for more on that story. 

Variety reports richard-wenk-masters-of-the-universethat Wenk is on board to re-write the Masters of the Universe screenplay, which was previously titled Greyskull when in the hands of writers Alex Litvak and Mike Finch, both of Predators.  Based on the Mattel toy-line, Jon Chu (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) is attached to direct the He-Man flick for Sony Pictures and Escape Artists.  The story follows the coming-of-age story of young Prince Adam of Eternia, who becomes a warrior and stands up to the evil of Skeletor with the assistance of a magic sword (and a Battle-Cat).

Wenk’s recent mid-budget thriller The Equalizerstarring Denzel Washington, recently had an April start date set by Sony.  The film, one that could start Washington’s first franchise if it is successful, is loosely based on the Edward Woodward-starring TV series.    Producers are expected to choose a director in the coming weeks.

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