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:
Sorry, tried hard, Mel's living his own life....— Sylvester Stallone (@TheSlyStallone) April 19, 2013
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:
Love John Woo but he is working in China-EX3 Needs freshness, class, and much badass.... Found it...Blood Sweat and Fears ,coming soon..— Sylvester Stallone (@TheSlyStallone) April 20, 2013
Thereafter, Stallone teased that no one will guess the “EXCITING” mystery selection for the Expendables 3 director job, before he added:
My best PURE ACTION FILM-The last RAMBO- I want this one too top it and I believe it will with NEW BLOOD...— Sylvester Stallone (@TheSlyStallone) April 20, 2013
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?