Audiences love to watch a good prison break… from the 2005 smash hit series Prison Break and the new revival series, to 2013’s big screen action movie Escape Plan, there’s something about seeing characters do the impossible that is just so appealing. In the original film, action megastars Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger had to team up to break out of the world’s most secret and secure prison.
Now, despite a somewhat lukewarm reception (critically speaking), Stallone is forging ahead with a sequel, Escape Plan 2, set for release next year. There has been little news about the plot for the follow-up, although it’s a safe bet that Stallone’s Ray Breslin will be breaking out of another, even trickier situation. What we do know is that Stallone will be joined by Wes Chatham and Dave Bautista for the action flick.
Now, during the press junket for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2, Bautista revealed that the second Escape Plan is going to be something ‘completely different’ from the original:
“Screen Rant: Is there anything you can tell me about Escape Plan 2?
Dave Bautista: It’s got me and Sylvester Stallone in it, yeah! (Laughs) I can tell you this. It’s completely different than Escape Plan one. (Laughs) So if you saw Escape Plan one and you were a fan or weren’t a fan, it’s a completely different route. It’s a different vibe, a different look. Obviously, I’m coming in and filling in the gap Arnold left, and you know, I am no Arnold Schwarzenegger, but then again, I am no Arnold Schwarzenegger. (Laughs) So there’s a completely different chemistry between Ray Breslin and myself, my character, and a good chemistry. I mesh well with Sly.”
This won’t be the first time that Bautista has worked with Stallone — in fact, the action star is also appearing in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 next month. It also won’t be Bautista’s first on-screen prison break, as he and his super-team managed a hilarious and action-packed break out during Guardians of the Galaxy.
These two seem like a match made in heaven, and it’s fantastic to hear how excited Bautista is to work with Stallone again (this bodes well for their on-screen chemistry in Guardians, as well). It’s also nice to hear that the sequel will not simply be churning out a higher-stakes re-make of the original, as is so often the case with straightforward action movies. A new kind of tone and feel, as well as several new main character dynamics to explore, gives Escape Plan 2 plenty of room to grow, even if it doesn’t reveal any details about what we can expect.
Escape Plan 2 is currently expected to hit theaters in 2018.