Sylvester Stallone is not a man who is known for being delicate. His most lucrative franchises (Rocky, Rambo, and The Expendables) center on men who feel more comfortable punching through walls than breaking them down. So, his recent remarks at the premiere of his latest offering, The Expendables 3, may not be surprising to most. After stating that he would love to grab Sigourney Weaver for the female-led Expendables counterpart, The Expendabelles (something we can all get on board with), he decided to share some of the plot points that are rolling around in his head. First, in order to tie in the Expendables to Expendabelles, Stallone suggests that Weaver could play his character, Barney Ross’s, wife and that the movie would begin with them getting a divorce. As the cliché goes, Weaver’s character would end up with half the assets, which would lead directly into how Weaver puts together her team of kick-ass women:
“So she’d get the house, the kids and my mercenaries!”
Okaaaaay…So, rather than have the Expendabelles as a group of female mercenaries that turn out to be a match for the male led team, he would like the movie to start off as a bad romcom? Hmm, well maybe he has a great cast in mind that could maybe pull this off without making it seem that the mostly-male film crew behind the movie had NO idea how to get the women into the game. Is that what’s going on, Sly?
“With The Expendabelles we’ve got a situation where we’re in unchartered waters. Do we put all women actresses together, would that really work? Or do we have some women who are actually really known to be tough fighters?”
Oh. So, maybe they just have only the bones of a plot at this point, and maybe they just have to figure out how it will play before putting anything down in writing. Thankfully, THR asked producer Avi Lerner just to make sure that this is the case.
“We’re going to do it at the beginning of next year. We are writing the final lines of the script, we’ve got lots of ideas about who is going to be in it.”
Alright, so, no matter which angle Expendabelles is examined from, it seems that we may still get stereotypical female plotlines, albeit with large, automatic weapons. I suppose that isn’t all that unexpected, considering the plot that was released earlier this year:
When America’s Navy SEALs are wiped out trying to penetrate the island lair of a deadly despot who has captured one of the world’s top nuclear scientists, it becomes clear that there is no such thing as the right man for the job and that this is a mission so impossible that only women can handle it. The only way in: some of the world’s deadliest female operatives must pose as high-class call-girls shipped in by private plane to satisfy a dictator–and instead save the scientist and the day.
Chances are the movie will be a lot of dumb fun, much like The Expendables, and if handled correctly, it could be a hell of a ride! Unfortunately, however, chances are much greater that what audiences will wind up being given is simply a rehash of Expendables but without a Y-chromosome to be found anywhere but behind the scenes.