The last few months we've heard multiple rumors about the development of The Expendables 2 - with a number of staple action movie actors, such as Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Jean-Claude Van Damme interested in joining/rejoining the sequel to the 80s mashup film.
With so many people stepping-up their interest in working on the sequel, one key figure could be taking a rather large step down. If recent reports are to be believed, Expendables' director, creator, and actor, Sylvester Stallone, is unlikely to direct the second outing.
According to The Los Angeles Times, Stallone will develop and star in the film - but isn't very interested in directing the project. Instead, Stallone is rumored to be meeting with potential candidates for the director's chair - though no names were mentioned at this point.
Given the original film's $275 million overall gross (domestic and international ticket sales) as well as the amount of industry people discussing their interest in joining the franchise, it's safe to say that The Expendables 2 has been fast-tracked by Millennium Films. It's possible that the accelerated production schedule could have something to do with Sly handing off one of his duties to another filmmaker. Although, the director's chair wouldn't be the first responsibility Stallone has delegated for the sequel - with David Agosto and Ken Kaufmanto in charge of writing the story.
As we hinted at in our prior Expendables 2 coverage, allowing another director to be in charge of directing duties could be a smart move for Stallone - as well as the Expendables franchise. Not only would it free the actor up to start thinking about the inevitable Expendables 3 (or some other high-octane project), it would also allow a refreshing influx of creativity to the film - as we all know, 80s action sequels were mostly formulaic cash-ins that lacked any real identity or personality - and it'd be a shame if the Expendables sequel fell into the same trap as the movies it's riffing on.
Of course, it's always possible that Stallone just needs a break from all the testosterone - with so many A-list action headliners in one place, it's got to be an especially hard job keeping them all in line - even for Sylvester Stallone.
Source: The Los Angeles Times