Will ‘The Expendables 3′ Go Sci-Fi & Who Will Sign Up?

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The Expendables 2 science fiction Will The Expendables 3 Go Sci Fi & Who Will Sign Up?

The Expendables 2 is just about to hit theaters, but the buzz is already turning toward The Expendables 3. Each installment aims to bring more aging action icons (as well as some younger blood) to the screen, with the third film potentially adding more star power from  Harrison Ford, Clint Eastwood and Nicolas Cage.

Speaking at the London Press Conference for The Expendables 2, Sylvester Stallone also said that there might be a change in genre for the potential third film, hinting that the franchise might enter the realm of science fiction going forward.

When Sylvester Stallone was asked about a third Expendables movie he said:

“We are thinking about different concepts – the third one is the hardest. The second is the natural progression. The third, that’s when the air gets rare. We’re thinking ambitiously about it…

You now have to give audiences something they don’t expect at all – maybe even going into a different genre. Get out there a bit [to Arnold Schwarzenegger], maybe even rip-off one of your other films.”

Schwarzenegger’s favorite genre (other than action) over the years has been science fiction, so might Stallone be thinking of dusting-off the discarded Rambo 5 script, The Savage Hunt?

The Savage Hunt Will The Expendables 3 Go Sci Fi & Who Will Sign Up?

The script for that film saw John Rambo and a Black Ops team track down an escaped, genetically modified super-soldier. That ‘other film’ of Schwarzenegger’s that Stallone talks about could be Predator! It sounds like it might not take too much work to modify the script and make it fit the world of The Expendables, a world which is much more cartoonish than that of Rambo.

This is speculation on my part, but Stallone was excited by The Savage Hunt when it was first announced, and he is known for persevering with scripts that he has as passion for – Rocky and Rocky Balboa, anyone? The plan is to get The Expendables 3 before cameras sooner, rather than later and using an existing script might help things along, so it is likely that The Savage Hunt could be the next adventure.

As for the participation of new Expendables, I spoke with producer Avi Lerner at the film’s premiere about casting for a third film:

Who would be your dream cast for The Expendables 3?

“We talked to Clint Eastwood, to Harrison Ford and we’ll get some names.”

Does it look like they might do it?

“They all want to participate. You just have to find the right character, the right direction and the right place.”

It looks like Stallone and Lerner might pull out all the stops for the third film – if it gets made. After all, these guys aren’t getting any younger and they’ll have to top the first sequel if they want to follow the Hollywood maxim of ‘bigger is better.’ However, like Lerner said, it’s all about the character, and these stars might not want to get short-changed with a thankless cameo. The brief screen time of Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis in the first Expendables was one of its criticisms but it lead to fleshed out roles this time around.

Having said that, the poster for the film would be worth the casting of Ford and Eastwood alone!

The Expendables 2 is unleashed in theaters this Friday.

Keep reading Screen Rant for more news on The Expendables 3.

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  1. As bad as this could go, I’m interested in this. Eastwood and Ford are all I need in one film.

  2. they need snipes and seagal as corrupt DEA agents who piss of willis (it would go against their generic roles).

    the sci-fi route would be cool if they go up against modern action stars like damon, colin farrell, renner, michael jai, ray park etc. the new action stars could be genetically enhanced military experiments gone rouge (willis again sends the crew to track and kill these subjects).

    it would be cool b/c at the end of the movie it will be like ‘old school is always best’ :P

    • aliens and time travel wouldn’t really fit, but robots and world ending high tech nukes sound fitting. my idea of genetically enhanced humans (universal soldier) would be the most fitting though since it’s classed as sci-fi but nothing to whacky and out of context with expendables 1 or 2.

  3. Instead of Nicholas Cage, put in Matt Damon (Bourne movies), Sean Conorey, Daniel Craig, Liam Neeson, Vin Diesel, The Rock, and so on. In my opinion the listed actors seem to fit the bad ass bill a little more.

  4. Sean Connery!!!

  5. mel gibson vs harrison ford in that. tommy lee jones vs kurt russell. seagal vs stallone. bruce willis vs john travolta or nicolas cage.

  6. Dwane the rock johnson as the super soldier would make a great addition… If not maybe add Jessie the body? But in my opinion aside from an under age 50 being added it makes no sense for anyone under age 50 being added to the arsenal… That is part of the allure of this francise.

  7. Please,no Nic Cage.

    I was thinking Denzel Washington and the dude from the Raid Redemption

  8. I think Sigourney Weaver just has to be in Expendables 3.

  9. arnold vs tommy lee jones or steven seagal. stallone vs liotta. willis vs michael keaton. dolph lundgren vs robert patrick or mr. t. kurt russell vs tommy lee jones

  10. Van damme vs seagal. Mel Gibson vs Harrison ford. Armand assante vs Sylvester Stallone or Bruce willis or Arnold Schwarzenegger. Ray liotta vs arnold and sly

  11. Oh check bid … Mila Jovich and Lucy Liu … Matt Damon and Ben Afleck here’s a twist how about having the expendables 4 take place in a nursing home then you could bring in Ben Stiller in as the badass nursing home worker from happy Gilmore oh Vince Vaughn , Matthew (kegger at the moon tower) mcconnaghy , etc Tom hanks lol pull out all the stops spend a billion plus on the 3rd one and when all the smoke clears and dust has settled … Only one man prevails and that man is Whoooooooooooooo the Natua Boy lol I think since Hollywood loves to do remakes um Platoon and yes Redo Delta Force and you could make a spin off of Jason Stathams role as Christmas hmmm Die Hard 5 with him and Young Bruce Willis … Ex2 was bland clique action … The final fight scene screwed jcvd I thought anyway … And u can’t ever forget MF’n Samuel L Jackson : ” Say What one more MF’n time ” Make This un and shutter down Sly wanna do remakes idea! Channing Tatum in First Blood or Cobra or Eh you get the message …

  12. I think there’s too much big names and too much big arms to put them all in the Expendables 3. On another web site, Sly said they should go in a different way for the third one. Whatever if it has to be different or not, every of those badass guys should have their good fight for the third one. My idea would be: Sly vs Cage, Randy Couture vs The Rock, Jason S. vs Wesley S., Dolph Lundgren vs John Cena, Willis vs Robert Patrick, Yu Nan vs Mila Jovovich (This girl could do a real badass freak), Terry Crews vs Batista. For a much fancy fight but more than good to see we should see Jet Li vs Lateef Crowder. Those 2 guys have incredible skills. Now Arnold Should have his highlight in that one by first fight against The Rock but not finish the fight like Sly and Steve Austin in the first Expendables. Then he should finish by fighting with Seagal. Pure entertainment!!!

  13. Please, don’t get “The expendables 3″ a fiction movie, I wish it would be an adventure like “apocalypto”

  14. Not that I’m not excited about the names for the third movie, but I’m not seeing any mention of Samuel L. Jackson or Michael Jay White.

  15. Let this movie be better than the 2nd

  16. They should add vingh rhames, john malcovich,

  17. get Dwayne Johnson,Vin Diesel,Tony Jaa,Dave Batista,Bill Goldberg,hugh Jackman and please get Micheal Jai White aswell

  18. Bad Guys=
    James Gandolphini (tony soprano)
    Steven Segal
    Rhonda Rousey
    Wesley Snipes
    Sean Connery
    Daniel Craig
    Mel Gibson

  19. Get vinnie jones involved he’d be awesome in that movie

  20. Keep the main characters ofcourse and add The Rock,Jackie chan, vin diesel,samuel l jackson,antonio banderas,al pachino and a scenery against the mob and the cartel maybe something like that…with alot of action