Seven long years have passed since we saw the third installment of The Expendables franchise. After many rumors and expectations from the fans, and even spin-off rumors, a fourth movie has been announced.
Do you need testosterone? Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, and Sylvester Stallone, who have appeared in the previous three installments, are set to reprise their roles as Lee Christmas, Gunner Jensen, Toll Road, and Barney Ross respectively, for what will be the fourth movie. But the surprise comes from the new stars added to the elite of mercenaries like Curtis “50” Jackson, Megan Fox, and Tony Jaa. The film will begin production this fall and is being directed by Scott Waugh from a screenplay by Spenser Cohen with revisions by Max Adams and John Joseph Connolly.
The film, from Lionsgate and Millennium Media, will begin production this fall. “We are thrilled to partner with our friends at Millennium Media for the next installment of the ‘Expendables’ franchise,” said Jason Constantine, Lionsgate Motion Picture Group’s president of acquisitions and co-productions. “It’s so much fun to bring these stars together for a no-holds-barred action film. The new film will raise the stakes and be the biggest, most badass adventure yet. Jeffrey Greenstein, Millennium Media president, adds, “The Expendables are back, and we couldn’t be more excited to bring this star-studded, action-packed film to the big screen with Lionsgate, who have been with us since the inception of this franchise. To keep it fresh and fun, we’ve added exciting new stars to join the veterans; popcorn entertainment is guaranteed.”
The three movies, which pay homage to the blockbuster action films of the late ’80s and early ’90s, have collectively generated more than $800 million at the global box office. The first one was released back in 2010 and featured cameos by Mickey Rourke, Bruce Willis, and Arnold Schwarzenegger. The second was released in 2012 and the third in 2013. Statham and Stallone have appeared in each installment, with the sequel featuring Chuck Norris, Terry Crews, Liam Hemsworth, and Jean-Claude Van Damme, and the threequel enlisting Antonio Banderas, Jet Li, Wesley Snipes, and Kelsey Grammer. Jason Statham recently starred in the action thriller Wrath of Man and is due to reteam with director Guy Ritchie for an untitled thriller. Sylvester Stallone was recently heard as King Shark in The Suicide Squad, while Dolph Lundgren is currently shooting Aquaman 2 reprising his role as Atlantis’ King Nereus, and will be heard in the upcoming Minions: The Rise of Gru.