Sylvester Stallone breathed fresh life into the conversation for The Expendables 3 last week, when he asked his Twitter followers how they would feel about Oscar-winning actor and filmmaker Mel Gibson sitting in the director’s chair. The response was pretty overwhelmingly positive (among our readers, anyway), and so Sly has responded to the feedback.
Meanwhile, now that Wesley Snipes has been released from prison, he’s officially on the roster of possible newcomers to the Expendables franchise for round three – which includes seasoned martial arts sensation Jackie Chan – with another potential addition, in the form of up-and-coming athlete-turned model/actor Joe Taslim (The Raid: Redemption).
Here’s what Stallone said, about how (un)likely Gibson is to direct Expendables 3:
Mel is a MAGNIFICENT director! Pure passion on every level . we'd be blessed to have him.. A REAL long shot, but LIFE is a long shot -right?— Sylvester Stallone (@TheSlyStallone) April 15, 2013
Gibson could, in my humble opinion, kick this nostalgia-fueled franchise up a notch and deliver the off the charts blast of testosterone-fueled madness that both of the previous Expendables movies have aspired to be, yet ultimately fallen short, while still offering fun entertainment for fans of action throwback fare.
The question, of course, is whether he could be tempted to take the job, especially since Gibson is still working on his new passion project: the Viking tale Berserker, which he is developing with screenwriter Randall Wallace (Braveheart, We Were Soldiers). An Expendables movie might not be something that Gibson would be as personally invested towards, but if he came aboard and turned the project into a hit, it could help in convincing studios that Gibson’s name isn’t box office poison – and assist in getting him the funding to make Berserker the way he wants.
Speaking of a guy whose personal woes have left his career needing a boost: Snipes has been included in the Expendables 3 casting conversation for a while now, and Stallone recently posted a Tweet that seemingly confirmed him as onboard, before it was subsequently deleted (via TwitchFilm and Moviehole).
Passing over what that means – maybe Snipes isn’t a done deal yet or studio heads are saving it for an official announcement – the addition of the Blade trilogy star is as much a no-brainer as the decision to recruit people like Chuck Norris and Jean-Claude Van Damme for Expendables 2. There’s a reasonable chance that Sly might call it quits after the third movie (if only due to age restrictions), but people like Snipes and interested parties such as Dwayne Johnson would be able to help and carry the torch onward for a fourth installment and beyond.
Taslim, in particular, is a young’un who could help the Expendables property evolve and transition into something new after Expendables 3 is released. Besides having training in Wushu, Judo, Taekwondo and Pencak Silat, Taslim’s work in The Raid: Redemption secured him a supporting role in this summer’s Fast & Furious 6 – in addition to the third Expendables movie, if a report from Cinema Teaser is to be believed.
The Expendables 3 looks to begin filming this Fall for a Summer 2014 release, so expect an update on all this rumor-mongering in the foreseeable future.