Stallone Updates ‘Expendables 3′ Director Search: No to Mel Gibson or John Woo

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sylvester stallone expendables 3 director Stallone Updates Expendables 3 Director Search: No to Mel Gibson or John Woo

The search is on to find a director for The Expendables 3, now that the nostalgic franchise’s mastermind, Sylvester Stallone, has finished a script that is tailor-fit to incorporate new “old blood” (Jackie Chan, Wesley Snipes) and new “new blood” in the forms of a young tech-wizard – thinks the Expendables equivalent of ‘Q’ in Skyfall – and a tough woman who brings more than sex appeal to the table.

Sly has yet to announce who will sit in the director’s chair on the third Expendables installment, but has gone ahead and closed the door on two names that fans have been championing; that includes, sadly, the heavily-buzzed about candidate who joined the conversation just two weeks ago.

It was Sly who proposed that Oscar-winner Mel Gibson direct Expendables 3 in the first place, but he has since confirmed on Twitter that such a scenario isn’t in the cards after all:

Filmmaker John Woo (Face/Off, Mission: Impossible II) previously expressed his interest in directing the third Expendables movie. However, Stallone recently let it be known that won’t be possible, but also indicated that he’s already found a suitable choice to tackle this particular assignment:

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Thereafter, Stallone teased that no one will guess the “EXCITING” mystery selection for the Expendables 3 director job, before he added:

Bleeding Cool has speculated that Eran Creevy (Welcome to the Punch) could be the filmmaker in question, based on his Twitter comment about how Sly’s work on the Rocky and Rambo franchises inspired him to enter the directing field.

Creevy is very much a reasonable guess, but there’s also the strong possibility that Sly will instead follow the growing trend of left-field choices on blockbuster sequels – be it James Wan directing Fast & Furious 7, Colin Trevorrow getting to call the shots on Jurassic Park 4, or the Russo Brothers working together on Captain America: The Winter Soldier – and pick someone whom you would not identify as being the ideal candidate to helm an Expendables flick.


How about it, Screen Ranters – who do YOU want to direct The Expendables 3?

Source: Sylvester Stallone [via Bleeding Cool]

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  1. Well, I disagree with Sly that the most recent Rambo was his best pure action movie.

  2. awww Mel Gibson would have been perfect for third expendables

  3. Man John woo would have been awesome!

  4. if mel is not directing, i sure hope that he will be in it then. This is one of the movies I am excited about seeing. I still say Mr. T should be in it (probably not possible now since stallone finished the script, but definitely for expendables 4).

    • I’d sure like to see Gibson back in a director’s chair. However, I do like Sly’s willingness to welcome fresh and new talent. Congrats to Hughes.

  5. Doesn’t Tony Jaa direct a lot of his own movies?


  6. Lost interest in Expendables 3 when I came to know that Mel is not directing it.

    • That’s a shame since it’ll be the same script regardless who directs.

  7. I feel you, Sly. We were in communication for him to direct Seven Nights and after weeks a pass was made. However, it was very exciting for a minute in time. I wish you all the best in your search for the perfect director. Mine is also still on. Take Care, Wendy

  8. So it looks like it’s going to be Patrick Hughes, who did “Red Hill” a few years ago. I haven’t heard of that film, but I guess we’ll see what such an inexperienced director does with the next Expendables.

  9. I loved Expendables 2. It was a big improvement over the first film, so regardless who direct Expendables 3 my butt will be in the theater to see it. Could the new title be “The Expendables 3: New Blood”?

  10. Sounds like he approached Mel about directing, but he didn’t want to do it. Can’t blame him, as the material isn’t nearly at the level of what he usually does, but still, it would have been great to have him aboard.

    Now Mel, I hope you are focusing on your viking epic!

  11. well, if mel gibson can’t direct the third expendables, Sly, why don’t you get him to act in that film? the man’s got talent at being an fullblooded action star just like you. and he’s been abused over in hollywood just like you. he needs a second chance just like you needed one. word to the wise, get Mel to act instead or directing in a good film like the expendables. your friends in the movie admire the guy you do too and i know you don’t believe in any of these rumors and he is a good friend. and he was just as big as you in the 80s, don’t forget. so get mel to act, sly. and get Kurt Russell as well and Harrison Ford too. as well as John Travolta, Mr. T , Kevin Bacon, Tommy Lee Jones, Jeff Bridges, Michael Keaton, Peter Weller, Joe Pesci, Michael Madsen, Nick Nolte, Michael Ironside and bring Mickey Rourke back as well.

  12. Get Antonio Banderas to do expendables 3 as well. And then we can see a demolition man assassins reunion from Stallone, Snipes and Banderas. It will be good. Closest Snipes and Banderas came was Play it to the Bone in 1999 where Snipes made a appearance as himself and Banderas played boxer Cesar Dominguez.