‘Expendables 3′ Gets a 2014 Release Date; ‘Escape Plan’ Moves Back a Month

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Name the 1980s/’90s action star – Wesley Snipes, Jackie Chan, Harrison Ford and yes, Nicolas “Face/Off/Con Air” Cage – and chances are, they’ve been rumored to appear in The Expendables 3 over the past year.

Last week, however, we finally got a more definite update on the casting situation. Deals involving old-timers like Ford and Clint Eastwood – who were rumored early on to possibly join the Expendables franchise – seem unlikely to materialize at this point, but Chan, Snipes, Cage and the Resident Evil franchise’s leading lady, Milla Jovovich, are very close to formally RSVP’ing for Sylvester Stallone’s third cinematic barbecue of explosions, one-liners and gunfire.

Lionsgate, as has long been expected, is planning to release Expendables 3 in U.S. theaters next Summer – just under two years exactly after Expendables 2 opened on the big screen – after filming starts in late August/early September this year, to make the newly-set August 15th, 2014 date.

In a related piece of release date news, the studio has pushed back the upcoming Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger team-effort vehicle – Escape Plan, formerly known as The Tomb – from a planned September 13th, 2013 theatrical launch to a month later on October 18th (where it will square off against Carrie, Don Jon and The Seventh Son).

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Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone in ‘The Tomb’

Escape Plan, for those unfamiliar, features Stallone and Schwarzenegger as a pair of inmates – jailed in a unusual prison designed by Sly’s character – who decide to join forces and come up with a (you guessed it) escape plan. Jim Caviezel (Person of Interest) is costarring as the warden of said uniquely-structured prison – known as “The Tomb” – who may or may not know the truth behind Sly ending up wrongly-imprisoned.

Both Schwarzenegger and Stallone’s individual vehicles released this year – The Last Stand and Bullet to the Head – flopped at the box office, despite each one being a good example of how to make a down n’ dirty action genre throwback work in a present-day setting (and featuring stars who are over 60 years old, no less).

Problem is, those films were directed by a pair of pretty talented filmmakers – Kim Ji-woon (I Saw the Devil) and Walter Hill (Red Heat) – whereas Escape Plan is being helmed by Mikael Håfström, who (comparatively-speaking) is a director-for-hire – based on his previous output, which includes the Clive Owen thriller Derailed, the Stephen King adaptation 1408 and the Anthony Hopkins exorcism flick, The Rite.

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That’s to say: Escape Plan may not prove to be as good as either Sly or Arnold’s recent solo films, but having the pair together should result in greater ticket sales (which, if that happens, would go to show: old dogs can sell tickets, so long as they work together or appear in franchise titles).

On that note: Expendables 3 – as discussed on the Screen Rant Underground podcast over the weekend – should easily be the most profitable of the bunch. The movie’s overall quality, though, will largely depend on whether or not the series continues down the path of embracing its innate ridiculousness (more than even The Expendables 2).


Escape Plan opens in U.S. theaters on October 18th, 2013.

The Expendables 3 reaches U.S. theaters on August 15th, 2014.

Source: Lionsgate

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  1. looking forward to both. really enjoyed The Last Stand, and plan to check out Bullet to the Head, sad that neither did well. I hope both do well in theaters, and with critics/audiences.

    • I’d like that too. But, that’s unlikely.

  2. I’m really looking forward to watching Exp III. I think that it’s awesome that Snipes is going to be in it. It’d also be fantastic is Seagal is in it.

  3. Nice. Now I just have to watch Expendables 2 because I haven’t yet and loved the first. Probably one of the few to see the first one on release day (even had a family member rush me to the cinema so I wouldn’t miss the screening).

  4. Valid points about the directors, Sandy, however from what I’ve read, Bullet to the Head and Last Stand had HORRIBLE test screenings, whereas Escape Plan has had 2 amazing test screenings. Regardless of this director’s past output, he may have finally struck gold with these two. Here’s hoping!

  5. I liked The Last Stand, it was enjoyable. Ex3 should be great and I’m really looking forward to it. I’d love to see them keep making these movies until they just can’t do it any more.

  6. Please get Kurt Russell, Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford, Samuel L. Jackson, Don Johnson, Nick Nolte, Jeff Bridges, Tommy Lee Jones, Carl Weathers, John Travolta, Mr. T, Robert Patrick, Ray Liotta, al Pacino, Robert de Niro, Michael Madsen, Joe Pesci, Harvey Keitel, etc. for Expendables 3, Sly.

    • silvester stallone, arnold schwarzenegger, bruce willis, jean claude van damme, chuck norris, mel gibson, al pacino, robert de niro, mickey rourke, kurt rusell, nicolas cage, john travolta, anotnio banderas, jason stathman, dolph laudgren, jet li, randy couture, terry crews, carl weathers, wesley snipes, bolo yeung, al leong, robert patrick, vernon wells, eric roberts, mr T, hulk hogan, clint eastwood, bruce lee.

      • and for THE EXPENDABLES 4 jack nicholson, michael douglas, richard gere, tom cruise, steven seagal, john malkovich, eddie murphy.

  7. It should be the Extendibles by now, the way they’re dragging these films out.

  8. Needs William L. Peterson and Willem DeFoe (as partners this time!). And Tom Berenger. And this newcomer Carlos Estevez.

  9. I’m concerned that the director of Expendables 3 hasn’t really proven himself ready to take on a film like that. But then again, Mark Webb didn’t seem like the obvious choice for Amazing Spider-Man, even though I loved 500 Days of Summer, but that turned out great so maybe we’ll be in for a surprise. Besides, the Expendables franchise was never about great directing anyway.

    I’m looking forward to The Tomb though (even though they changed it to the sillier sounding “Escape Plan”), and am curious to see if it’ll be compared to Lock Up much.

  10. Sly Stallone must be given props and creds for exploiting a sub-genre, THE EXPENDABLES (released August 13, 2010) which can be called “Geezer-with-a-Gun”; however, it’s one that Clint Eastwood conceived of with his “Grand Torino” (released January 9, 2009).

    Ironic that Clint will not be in this 3d installment of the Stallone enterprise.

  11. I haven’t seen 1 or 2 as I’ve just not got around to it. Do those of you that have seen it think that The Rock would make a good villain for a future instalment? I know that he won’t be able to do 3 due to Hercules. Thoughts??

    • I think Dwayne Johnson is too new school. Expendables is all about the old school.

  12. The great and Legendary Tom Berenger and Al Pacino. After again : Kurt Russell, Mikey Rourke, Vigo Mortensen, Liam Nesoon, Hervey Keitel, Tim Roth, Vincent Lindon, Francesco Montanari and Carl Whathers