The third movie in the Expendables series comes out at the end of summer, and, as with the previous two entries, it’s expected to be a tremendous success. We’ve already heard about the potential for at least one spin-off film in The Expendables style, the female-centric Expendabelles, which will feature a cast of kick-ass ladies from franchises across the big screen. This where Bruce Campbell comes in. The Evil Dead icon once discussed the idea of a Horror icon-version of The Expendables that would feature, among others, Friday the 13th’s Jason Voorhees Kane Hodder, A Nightmare on Elm Street’s Freddy Kruger Robert Englund, and, of course, The Chin himself, Bruce Campbell.
Campbell’s comments are an overlooked gem from an interview four years ago with Hero Complex. While talking about movies he wanted to make, including a sequel to his 2007 comedy My Name is Bruce, Campbell outlined his idea for a Horror-icon version of The Expendables:
“Yeah, ‘The Expendables,’ or more like the ‘It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World’ of horror. I want to get so many horror movie stars that people can’t possibly not see the movie. I want to give them other stuff to do. I want to have Kane Hodder be very particular about what he eats. I want Robert Englund to be a tough guy, like he knows tae kwon do or something. I want to find out the hidden sides of all these people. Some will play themselves, some will play alternate characters as well. I may approach Kane Hodder to play Frankenstein. He could be Kane Hodder himself fighting himself as Frankenstein. It could be crazy. It’s a silly concocted story that we hope to do maybe in a year or so. My breaks between ‘Burn Notice’ have been getting tighter because they’ve been adding episodes. They’re trying to trap me like a rat in the TV world, and I might just let them. There’s a script, it just kind of blows right now, so no one’s really seeing it. We gotta work on it. Definitely shoot in Oregon all on a stage. It’s like the ‘300’ of horror comedies. We want to make it a whole world. Someone’s gotta take Frank down for good.”
Sounds like a good idea to me. Maybe throw in Jamie Lee Curtis, Tobin Bell, Doug Bradley, Tony Todd, Gunnar Hansen, and perhaps a special guest appearance by Anthony Hopkins, and baby, you’ve got a stew going (so to speak).
Come to think of it, maybe we can do this with a variety of genres, romantic-comedies for example. Imagine an “Expendables” style rom-com where Julia Roberts, Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson, Anne Hathaway and Katherine Heigl all pursue the same single guy. Excuse me while I open Final Draft and start working…
What do you Bastards think of the idea of a Horror Expendables?
Source: Geek Tyrant