Sylvester Stallone's Escape Plan may not have been the massive critical success that the action star was hoping for, but that doesn't mean that he has put his franchise plans on hold. Instead, Stallone has forged ahead with Escape Plan 2: Hades, which is set for release sometime this year. The follow up to Escape Plan will bring back Stallone's security expert Ray Breslin, although instead of having to break himself out, the sequel will feature Breslin working on saving one of his kidnapped operatives.
Stallone's co-star, Arnold Schwarzenegger, will not be returning for Escape Plan 2, although Guardians Of The Galaxy's Dave Bautista has been brought on board to co-star. Bautista is enthusiastic about the upcoming prison break drama, calling it 'completely different' to the original, and now returning star 50 Cent has chimed in with his own thoughts about how Escape Plan 2 may do at the box office.
In an interview for the upcoming Den of Thieves, 50 Cent talked about returning to Stallone's budding prison break franchise, and how the sequel may do better overseas than it will in the US.
50 Cent: Man, Escape Plan, I’m Interested in seeing how it actually performs. Not to speak bad to it because it actually did four times a well as it did in America in China because Stallone is like big internationally and they found out when they were out when we were out there that I'm like, I’m big. [flexes] So you know I had to come back and do my thing. But you know, that one is an exciting project and I play, like a computer specialist.
50 Cent will be reprising his role as Hush in Escape Plan 2, Ray Breslin's best friend and technical expert. It's probable that Hush will have a bigger part in the sequel to Escape Plan, given that Ray will be using his own team to help stage the next breakout (rather than having to launch it solo from inside the prison), and that the new facility in Escape Plan 2 is allegedly going to be entirely computerized.
Fans of Escape Plan will no doubt be thrilled to see more of 50 Cent in the sequel, and potentially even continuing his part in this franchise into a third film which Stallone has already started work on. It's interesting to see that while he's clearly excited about the film itself, he seems more curious than convinced when it comes to performance at the box office. Escape Plan isn't the first big film to do better overseas than in the United States, and with Stallone already planning Escape Plan 3, it seems that they are confident that the upcoming film will be enough of a financial success to warrant a third. Whether it is a critical success, however, remains to be seen.
Escape Plan 2 is currently expected to hit theaters in 2018.