'Expendables 3' To Be Directed by 'Red Hill' Filmmaker Patrick Hughes

Patrick Hughes to direct The Expendables 3

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:

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