Sylvester Stallone has been teasing his numerous followers on Twitter with the revelation that he's finally selected a director for The Expendables 3, and no sooner does speculation on the subject begin to heat up than Sly goes ahead and reveals the identity of said mystery filmmaker.
The person in question is none other than Patrick Hughes, a recent addition to the world of feature-length filmmaking - whom Sly has described as "exciting" and the kind of "NEW BLOOD" the crusty Expendables crew needs to call the shots - and the man deemed worthy to ensure that Sly's action movie threequel becomes (in his words) the "best PURE ACTION FILM" featuring him since Rambo (a.k.a. Rambo 4) released in 2008.
Hughes wrote and directed his first full-length movie, Red Hill, in 2010. The crime-thriller barely made waves at the worldwide box office with a $321K gross (that includes $20K in the U.S.), but was given a respectable critical reception - judging by the film's 78% score on Rotten Tomatoes and the consensus dubbing it "a beautifully shot, tightly paced thriller" - and thus, it helped to land Hughes' name on Hollywood's radar.
Sly Tweeted about Red Hill, indicating that Hughes' efficient working methods are part of the reason he's been entrusted with tackling a big-budget venture like an Expendables movie:
RentRED HILL.Great Movie!!500,000 budget 20 day shoot, Amazing - ROCKY was 850,000 and 25 days , Good OMEN!!!
— Sylvester Stallone (@TheSlyStallone) April 23, 2013
For more, you can watch Hughes' short film "Signs" below:
No doubt, if Sly's proposed director Mel Gibson (Braveheart) has been hired - or someone with more experience for the job like John Woo (Face/Off, Mission: Impossible II) - that would've inspired more immediate confidence in the final cut of Expendables 3, when it comes to winning over the average fan of Sly's approach to making these cheesy action genre throwback events.
However, at the end of the day, you have to keep in mind that Expendables is very much Sly's baby. Hence, whereas a seasoned auteur like Gibson or Woo might have sculpted the third installment into something they may call their own, Hughes is a better choice to represent Sly's original vision and then make a name for himself in the process. So, props to him for landing the job, and I hope it works out well.
The Expendables 3 is expected to begin filming this fall, with a Summer 2014 release date target. We'll keep you posted as more information becomes available.
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