‘Expendables’ TV Series in the Works?

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The Expendables TV Series Expendables TV Series in the Works?

Back in the 1980s and early 1990s, Hollywood action cinema was known for its campy one-liners, over-the-top thrills and an overall sense of tongue-in-cheek fun. So, fans of such films – most notably those starring Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger – came out in droves for The ExpendablesStallone’s 2010 love-letter to old-school action, to the tune of a $274 million worldwide gross.

Now, in addition to the upcoming sequel Expendables 2 (and a third film as well) the franchise may be about to take its mayhem to television screens. Lionsgate, the studio that distributes the films, plans to develop several properties for the small screen. Besides a potential Expendables television series, films such as RED (which also has a sequel in the development) and the Step Up series are being looked at for possible adaptation. The studio – still reveling in the phenomenal success of The Hunger Games – acquired the latter two franchises through its recent merge with Summit Entertainment.

A series based on RED or Step Up would need only utilize the central premise of the films on which they are based, but an Expendables show would be far more difficult to pull off. Plot-wise, the films are known for their superficiality, so there’s no challenge there: each one essentially chronicles some mission that a team of mercenaries – led by Stallone’s Barney Ross – embark on, and the shootouts and explosions that ensue along the way.

However, the main appeal of the film franchise is the novelty of seeing a bunch of old-school big-screen action heroes share the spotlight, which has gotten even wider with the additions of Jean-Claude Van Damme and Chuck Norris to the sequel. It’s the cast – not the concept or the story – that sells Expendables tickets, as the films’ marketing can attest.

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Cast of 'The Expendables 2' on set.

It’s extremely unlikely that Stallone or any of his castmates would sign up for a weekly television series, and it’s even less likely that the nostalgia that has driven interest in the films could sustain the length of a television series. Besides, a series could prove too costly for most networks, considering the action set-pieces of the films.

On the other hand, the concept of The Expendables could translate to TV if done smartly. There are plenty of famous tough guys of the small screen still available for a throwback team up – and of course, the “missions” could be scaled-down to TV show size and still prove entertaining (see: 24, The Unit). Aside from one or two central characters, they could even rotate casts every season, similar to American Horror Story. Be sure to share your “TV Tough Guy Teamup” rosters in the comments section.

While the idea of an Expendables TV series is intriguing, it’s also far from a sure thing at this point. Check back here for details on this story.

The Expendables 2 hits theaters on August 17, 2012.

Source: Deadline

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  1. Richard Dean Anderson, Kevin Sorbo, James Marsters, Keifer Sutherland, The Guy who played Worf, and Matthew Fox. all being mentored by Eward James Olmos……..Adamas Angels…….of Death

    • Worf is Michael Dorn.

  2. sorry but burn notice already features a ton of old actors as cameos/guest stars in their episodes, come to think of it i’m pretty sure most tv shows at some stage include old actors as a heads up to older viewers so there really wouldn’t be anything unique about an expendables tv series (besides having big explosions etc).

    ohh and if memory serves me correct randy coture recently said that they’ll start production on expendables 3 later this year (i think he said around christmas)

  3. I totally agree that the main draw is see all those old action stars on the screen together. Personally I’d rather have Couture, Crews, Statham and Austin take a back seat to let the 80s stars have more screen time.

    So the idea of a TV series doesn’t interest me so much but I’d be interested in knowing how they they’re they can pull it off. Maybe have Mr. T team up with Magnum PI and Sonny Crockett, and also the car from Knight Rider and the helicopter from Air Wolf?

  4. i can only think of a few……the guy that plays agent Broyles from fringe, Matthew Fox, and the guy that played Sawyer on lost……i forgot his name :/

  5. If you gave me an Expendables show with Adrian Paul, Lorenzo Lamas, Jan Michael Vincent, Don The Dragon Wilson and Nikita herself Peta Wilson, I’d be glued to the set. If only Lord Bowler The Shogun of Harlem were still alive..

  6. Jack Bauer obviously

    • the only problem with that is, he’s currently starring in a tv series called touch.

      • He can guest star in it. Also, might I add the cast of the A team still alive, Mcgyver, Highlander, the original NYPD, Starsky and hutch, Eric Estrada (hehe),

  7. Lee Majors, Lou Ferrigno, Mr. T, Kevin Sorbo…

  8. what a money whores…

  9. I can only see Chuck Norris be the only one from a Expendable film to a series to lead a new group made up of other great actors like Kiefer Sutherland, Lou Ferrigno, Mr.T, among other TV great tough guys as a spin-off series. But if i can’t say it’ll be a hit with great ratings if it’s on cable television. Unless they wanna put the show on HBO or one of those movie channels where they could have less censorship. I mean take notes from Robocop The Series or Terminator:TSCC. among any other series spin-off from a movie franchise. They don’t turn out good imo. Atleast not very long. I doubt very much Stallone or any of the main cast from the films will do a series after the films for lower pay & time to film episodes.

    Anyways, id prefer not have a tv series really. Id like to see Clint Eastwood make a cameo in the 3rd film by asking for them for job that needs done “Dirty Harry” tone of voice aswell. I can see him ask Stallone & them all if they can handle the job. Can you…Punks?,lol. Not sure if anyone considers Eastwood a action star, but id like to think he is.

  10. This can only work on the big screen as there is no way in hell these big names would come to the small screen and the concept falls to pieces if you replace them with TV actors, even famous TV actors.

    There is only one possibility and that would be animation. Think G.I Joe and Rambo: The Animated TV series aimed at adults. Still how long would that novelty last.

    Keep it on the big screen guys.

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