Sylvester Stallone’s throwback to 80s action flicks, The Expendables, has already recouped its $80 million production budget at the U.S. box office, and a sequel seems all but given at this point.
Stallone, the Rocky/Rambo a-lister, officially joined Twitter last week and he’s already revealed an interesting tidbit. Stallone recently had dinner with fellow older generation action movie comrade, Bruce Willis and during the dinner, Stallone broached the subject of Willis potentially playing a “super villain” in The Expendables sequel.
Willis had a shared cameo appearance with Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Expendables – a scene that hinted at the possibility of future meetings between Stallone and Willis’ onscreen counterparts. A number of moviegoers have already speculated that the exchange between the three was intended to serve as a lead-in to an Expendables follow-up from the very beginning.
One Twitter user was quick to suggest to Stallone that the addition of a female action star to the Expendables crew would be perfect for a sequel – an idea that would go over well with a number of fans. While an all-female combat unit movie looks unlikely for now, there are plenty of butt kickin’ female leads whose presence would definitely improve a second Expendables pic.
Stallone is also considering new “dangerous places in the world” to serve as the setting for his second Expendables venture. The Middle East seems like the most obvious location (albeit somewhat cliché at this point) for the crew’s next mission, though a war-torn region in Africa could suffice as well – everyone knows that Stallone’s character, Barney Ross loves playing in the jungle. ;-)
The most difficult issue Stallone faces at this juncture, one that he claims is present in every action movie, will be to “inject heart and soul” into the Expendables sequel. As the bulky star put it, “… bullets are easy, emotions are hard. LIKE LIFE ITSELF.”
The Expendables is currently playing in theaters in the U.S.