It was with a lot of fanfare that The Expendables was launched in 2010. Written and directed by Sylvester Stallone, it was the down and dirty ode to those 80s action movies that made Stallone a household name, and it brought together two generations of Hollywood tough guys like Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Terry Crews and Steve Austin. Future installments included Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Wesley Snipes and Mel Gibson, but the most recent film did not have the box office muscle it needed to have to keep the series going. So game over right? Maybe not…
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Splendid Film has picked up the German distribution rights for The Expendables 4 for sometime in 2018. Splendid has released all three of the previous Expendables films in Deutschland, where the series has made a combined $30 million at the box office there, yet there’s one thing missing in this scenario: no official word from The Expendables U.S. funder and distributor Lionsgate. Having made just $214.6 million at the worldwide box office, down from the $314.9 million haul of The Expendables 2, it seemed that The Expendables 3 was going to be the last word on the franchise; not much has been said about a new entry since part three’s critically and commercially disappointing release.
Having said that, rumours abound prior to The Expendables 3’s summer 2014 release about who might be involved in The Expendables 4. Pierce Brosnan and Steven Segal were both supposedly considered for parts, and Stallone apparently wanted Jack Nicholson to play the villain. Since then though, it seemed like the best hope for a revival lie with The ExpendaBelles, an all female team of mercenaries that was supposed to include Meryl Streep, Cameron Diaz and Milla Jovovich. Not much has been heard about that project in a while either.
As for The Expendables 4, time will tell if we get it in 2018, but we’ll keep you posted as developments occur.