‘The ExpendaBelles’ Snags ‘Legally Blonde’ Director; Plot Details Revealed

Published 1 year ago by , Updated February 16th, 2014 at 9:40 am,

robert luketic expendabelles director The ExpendaBelles Snags Legally Blonde Director; Plot Details Revealed

Millennium Films is pressing ahead with The ExpendaBelles, which is being sold as the feminine counterpart to the macho throwback that is the studio’s Expendables franchise. A screenplay has been in development for the past year, but it now looks as though the action/comedy spinoff is being prepped to being shooting this year in Bulgaria, which is where Expendables 3 was filmed back in 2013.

ExpendaBelles is being co-written by Karen McCullah and Kirsten Smith, whose resume includes the lucrative (and fairly well-liked) cheeky Reese Witherspoon rom-com Legally Blonde, in addition to the not-so-beloved (yet profitable) raunchy Katherine Heigl rom-com The Ugly Truth. The project has now found a director in Robert Luketic, who (by no coincidence) called the shots on both Legally Blonde and Ugly Truth, in addition to films like 21 and last year’s corporate espionage thriller bust, Paranoia.

Here is the film’s logline, courtesy of Deadline:

When America’s Navy SEALs are wiped out trying to penetrate the island lair of a deadly despot who has captured one of the world’s top nuclear scientists, it becomes clear that there is no such thing as the right man for the job and that this is a mission so impossible that only women can handle it. The only way in: some of the world’s deadliest female operatives must pose as high-class call-girls shipped in by private plane to satisfy a dictator–and instead save the scientist and the day.

That plot summary brings to mind something like the Charlie’s Angels movies from the aughts, which also toed that line between intentional self-parody and exploitative action movie that the Expendables franchise prefers to walk (though, more successfully than the Angels movies ever did, arguably).

Producer Avi Lerner previously said that discussions were ongoing to cast people like Charlie’s Angels alum Cameron Diaz and Resident Evil star Milla Jovovich – along with Meryl Streep in a different capacity (i.e. maybe a supervisor to the ExpendaBelles team) – though, as of yet, no actresses have officially committed to the project.

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Katherine Heigl in ‘Killers’

Luketic has worked on action/comedy genre territory before, on the 2010 critical dud Killers (also starring Heigl); by comparison, the closest that McCullah and Smith have come to an action-driven project before was their adaptation of the whimsical fairy tale novel Ella Enchanted, where a pre-Oscar Anne Hathaway performed Matrix-style martial arts maneuvers.

Of course, that doesn’t mean it’s impossible for this screenwriting/director team to pull an about-face and deliver a hard-hitting, tongue-in-cheek action ride; the Russo brothers worked pretty much exclusively in comedy before they made Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which looks to be something quite special. Thing is, though, it’s not so much the content of Luketic and his writers’ previous output as it is the quality that makes it difficult to muster much excitement for their ExpendaBelles collaboration (for me, anyway).

For those who aren’t so intrigued by the way ExpendaBelles is shaping up, there’s also that “all-women Expendables” project that producer Adi Shankar (Dredd, Lone Survivor) is developing, with Katee Sackhoff (Riddick) and Gina Carano (Fast & Furious 6) very loosely attached. Hopefully, the latter project will eventually come together, even though ExpendaBelles looks to arrive on the scene first.


We’ll keep you posted on The ExpendaBelles‘ development as more information is made available.

Source: Deadline

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  1. oh my god! this movie sounds soooooo stupid, just a waste of time and money

    • All films are a waste of time and money. It’s JUST entertainment.

      • I disagree with that as a subjective statement. I won’t argue with people who do believe movies are a waste of time and money, but I know far too many people who believe otherwise for that comment to be relevant as a fact AT ALL. I’m surprised someone with that mindset is even on this website.

  2. Sounds good, I’ll watch it.

    • Wait. What?!

      Don’t you normally claim (stereotype) that American audiences have poor taste and like bad films?

      Next time you make that claim, I’ll remind you of your interest in this movie…

      • Let me guess, the reply will be the safest comeback in history “Don’t you understand sarcasm?”

        • Yes…I’ve been anticipating that response as well.

          • My response is that I was raised on 80s action flicks and during college, made some good friends through our mutual love of the 1985 flick Commando, heavily quoting it for much of our time in college.

            I loved the first Expendables, haven’t had chance to see the second but want to and I look forward to this too.

            At least I don’t willingly pay to see poor parody films or Adam Sandler movies, right? You know, since you guys are trying to cause trouble and arguments for no reason whatsoever here like the trolls you revealed yourselves to be?

            • Ah, Dazz, I know you did not under this discussion, but next time you feel inclined to knock American audiences, as you so often do, remember the term “troll”…

              • You guys are beyond stupid feeding into each others bs. Damn you dropped my intellectual level too. Eye roll

  3. That sounds incredibly stupid. Good ol’ hot chicks posing as hookers to infiltrate bad guy’s hideout cliché….

  4. Wait…so this Expendabelles has nothing to do with the all female version of Expendables?

  5. They pose as hookers? Really? REALLY?
    Great, so the guys just get to kick ass and shoot stuff, the female counterparts have to pose as sex workers. Wonderful.

    • Stallone and Statham posed as environmental charity workers in the first one to scout the area before any shots were fired.

  6. They should make it a satire. It could be really funny that way.

  7. I dont want a comedic Expendabelles.
    I want an R rated good packed action movie with lots of pussies.

  8. Sounds like it could be another Charlies Angels: Full Throttle.
    I think ill pass and wait for the Carano, Sackhoff film. *fingers crossed

  9. This movie is worthless without the involvement of Lucy Lawless.

    Not to mention Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Yeoh, Linda Hamilton and Jennifer Garner.

    And even if it starred all those actors, I’m not sure it would improve the “woman warriors pose as prostitutes to battle for the greater good (in impractical bikinis, mini-dresses and high heels)”.

  10. this movie needs Zoe Bell

  11. To make an female action movie it is necessary to make an action movie starring women.

    You can make it darkly humorous after that, but creating a “comedy” marketed as an action movie just leaves us with the excretable Charlie’s Angels movies.

  12. Well if ALL the SEALs are dead couldn’t the Delta Force be sent? Or The Green Berets? Or the Rangers? Or the Marines? Or The S.A.S. Or the Royal Marines? Or the damn French Foreign Legion!? Oh dear…. The idea of a team of covert female operatives is awesome. The plot a little ridonkulous even as a tongue in cheek prod at the 80′s action genre.

  13. Wow… Stop the madness! Please couldn’t they AT LEAST think of THEIR OWN DAMN NAME!! Its like when guys a club house in kindergarten and they girls want in and the boys won’t let them so they make their own club house. How f**king stupid can they get. That stunt woman turn “actress” Zoë Bell came up with this stupid idea. She needs to just go fly a damn kite.

  14. This movie makes no sense unless Sigourney Weaver is the new Barney Ross.