‘Expendables 3′ To Be Directed by ‘Red Hill’ Filmmaker Patrick Hughes

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expendables 3 director Expendables 3 To Be Directed by Red Hill Filmmaker Patrick Hughes

Sylvester Stallone has been teasing his numerous followers on Twitter with the revelation that he’s finally selected a director for The Expendables 3, and no sooner does speculation on the subject begin to heat up than Sly goes ahead and reveals the identity of said mystery filmmaker.

The person in question is none other than Patrick Hughes, a recent addition to the world of feature-length filmmaking – whom Sly has described as “exciting” and the kind of “NEW BLOOD” the crusty Expendables crew needs to call the shots – and the man deemed worthy to ensure that Sly’s action movie threequel becomes (in his words) the “best PURE ACTION FILM” featuring him since Rambo (a.k.a. Rambo 4) released in 2008.

Hughes wrote and directed his first full-length movie, Red Hill, in 2010. The crime-thriller barely made waves at the worldwide box office with a $321K gross (that includes $20K in the U.S.), but was given a respectable critical reception – judging by the film’s 78% score on Rotten Tomatoes and the consensus dubbing it “a beautifully shot, tightly paced thriller” – and thus, it helped to land Hughes’ name on Hollywood’s radar.

Sly Tweeted about Red Hill, indicating that Hughes’ efficient working methods are part of the reason he’s been entrusted with tackling a big-budget venture like an Expendables movie:

For more, you can watch Hughes’ short film “Signs” below:

No doubt, if Sly’s proposed director Mel Gibson (Braveheart) has been hired – or someone with more experience for the job like John Woo (Face/Off, Mission: Impossible II) – that would’ve inspired more immediate confidence in the final cut of Expendables 3, when it comes to winning over the average fan of Sly’s approach to making these cheesy action genre throwback events.

However, at the end of the day, you have to keep in mind that Expendables is very much Sly’s baby. Hence, whereas a seasoned auteur like Gibson or Woo might have sculpted the third installment into something they may call their own, Hughes is a better choice to represent Sly’s original vision and then make a name for himself in the process. So, props to him for landing the job, and I hope it works out well.


The Expendables 3 is expected to begin filming this fall, with a Summer 2014 release date target. We’ll keep you posted as more information becomes available.

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  1. kinda makes me mad all these unknown directors being chosen to direct big budget films, but i guess they have to start somewhere. just wish is were for films that are not super high up on my most anticipated lists.

  2. Can’t say I’ve heard of him or his previous movie but good luck to him.

  3. i would prefer it if he hired someone with more films under their belt and was known for action movies. simon west did a pretty good job directing 2 since most the action was viewable and the choreography was pretty good (camera work could have been a little tighter for some of the hand to hand fight scenes, which could also have gone on a little longer).

    i just want an asian setting so they can get all the cool asian action stars in (mainly donnie yen, collin chou and chan).

    • and jet li in a larger role than 2. and michelle yeoh!

      • rumors have it that jet li has retired from cinema hence why he had a limited role in ex2 and has not been in anything after. hopefully they’re just rumors and he’s simply taking a break, b/c he is a very talented and awesome guy who everyone loves seeing kick a** :P


  4. Signs is awesome. Really unique.

    • Everything but unique.

  5. Good Omen?


    Rocky was a good movie, but I doubt EX3 Coulfd match it.

    These guys need to retire.

  6. They need to come up with an actual story this time.

    The first two films got us in for nostalgia sake but we are not going to keep going on that good will if the films don’t raise above mediocrity.

    I hope Chloe Moretz is in it.

    • Still haven’t seen the second but the first certainly had a story.

      Throwback to the 80s action movie “foreign guy has kidnapped someone’s daughter” story but a story nonetheless.

      • Neither had a “good” story.

        Both had anticlimactic endings too.

  7. Or forget expendables and redo an old classic like The Dirty Dozen or The Great Escape.

  8. Red Hill was one of the worst movies I have ever seen. The film was shot well though, which is why I think he’ll go all out for Expendables

  9. No clue about how hell do with expendables but have to admit his Signs short was pretty good. If he can get that much emotional context/impact from such a simple yet original premise maybe he can further humanise the expensable crew. But then maybe people just want two dimensional characters that just cant die no matter what and just blow stuff up without any real lasting psychological effects. Meh.

  10. Crazy thing about these films is that I had no desire to watch them as I am not a big fan of Stallone, but a unlikely source got me to give ‘em a try (my mother of all people) and they are not half bad. I have to agree Jet Li needs to come back to a bigger part in the third and I would actually like to see Mickey Rourke in action as I felt he was kind of wasted in the first film.


  11. i loved Expendables 1 and 2. Can’t wait until 3. Tony Stark is Iron Man

  12. Watched ‘Red Hill’ on Netflix a few months ago and actually kinda liked it.
    I’m confident Expendables 3 is gonna be good. (as long as you go into it with the right expectations)
    I’ll be there opening weekend.

  13. I wonder if we will get a Demolition Man reunion for Expendables 3 now that Wesley Snipes is out of prison.

  14. Nothing better than useless over the top action. Expendables 3 needs to be directed by Roland Emmerich and they need to have an *End of the World* type movie. Might as well go all out for the 3rd installment and kill off a bunch of characters.

  15. Seems more like hiring someone to dictate to rather than someone who will take charge.

    “I think we need to do that scene again, Sly.”
    “No. I think it’s fine.”
    “Okay, Sir. Next?”

    Should’ve just been a one off. A very knowing homage to a bygone era. Instead, another trilogy and the tone seems to be fighting itself all the time. It is a comedic homage? Or a seriously performed action movie? Some actors think the former, the rest the latter. Muddled to say the least.

  16. Jesus they need to give up, Expendables was ok for violence but the script was horrendous, Expendables 2 was horrendous and only worth watching for Van Damme and Scott Adkins who were massively underused!!

    I’d rather see a movie where the Expendables all get killed off by minor characters in ultra vilolent ways, which then opens us up to a new franshise – ‘The Henchmen’

    • Oh and who would lead this awesome cast of Henchman? Al Leong of course, the Chinese guy from all 80′s action classics such as Die Hard and Lethel Weapon and Ghenghis Khan in Bill and Ted to name but a few!!

      Favourite scene? When he cheekily eats a crunch bar whilst in a shoot out with the SWAT in Die Hard haha

      • Hmmm his best standout scene for me was in lethal weapon. And his best fight scene was against Brandon Lee in Rapid Fire.

  17. Mel should be in this one as well as Carl Weather to give some love to the old eighties action films.

  18. After “teasing” fans with the possibility of Mel Gibson (a strong director, Oscar winner, and member of the same generation) raised the bar on who sits in the director’s chair.

    Sly believes in giving people a chance, in front and behind the camera, but there is that “bar” that’s been raised…a decision to go with “new blood” because “old blood” is not interested seems capricious for such a large and expensive enterprise as this.

    It’s not reckless to the point of being foolish, but it could be cavalier to the point of being careless should the director’s vision for the film not meet with he script, the collaborators and the anticipated rigors of filmmaking.

    A good film can be an accident but an accident is not what’s intended.

    I have my doubts; I think Sly will be “co-directing” this one.

  19. Hopefully this one isn’t a carbon copy of the first two.

    • frankly, I don’t think the expendables is cheesy at all. Both films were very good, as i did enjoy them because i went to see them with the right expectations. They were nostalgic films, with tons of action. I didn’t go into the theater looking for a dramtic picture when i bought the tickets. I am very much interested in seeing an expendables 3 movie. I do hope mickey rourke will be in this one and partake in the action. Again, I also hope Mr. T will be in this one. It is possible that stallone may have him ( Mr. T) in 3. We’ll see.


      I hadn’t seen a comment from you in a long time (I was a little concerned). Glad you’re back, if you went anywhere.

  20. sly, like i said get mel gibson to act write a character for him that is similar to mad max, lethal weapon and payback, etc. Get Kurt Russell, Harrison Ford, John Travolta, Alec Baldwin, Michael Keaton, Andy Garcia, Michael Madsen, Jeff Bridges, Nick Nolte, Tommy Lee Jones, Joe Pesci, Carl Weathers, Mr. T, Michael Ironside, etc. and please please get Mickey Rourke.

  21. Get Antonio Banderas too.