After years and years of action movie fans wishing it, Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger finally shared the screen for a decent amount of time in 2013’s Escape Plan, and it was perhaps rather too late, though the film was still a reasonable prison movie/action thriller combo. Commercially it did okay business, but it would have been a huge box office smash if it had been released twenty years before. Anyway, a great portion of its worldwide gross of $137.3 million came from China. The film made $40.9 million over there and was one of the biggest hits of the year.
Therefore the original producers are behind a sequel which is being financed solely by China. Its being written by the first film’s screenwriter Miles Chapman, though it doesn’t have a director yet. Stallone will be returning, but only in a supporting role, while sadly Schwarzenneger won’t be in it at all. Pre-production will commence this coming January 15th ahead of the start of shooting on March 15th in Ohio and China.