Some rumblings going on in The Expendables 3 camp yesterday, and while we seem to have lost one major star, we have gained another. Writer, and director of the first film, Sylvester Stallone used his trusty Twitter account to announce that Harrison Ford is joining his team of Expendables, and this has also been confirmed by Ford’s representatives. While this is awesome news, the third film in the popular action series has lost Bruce Willis, and it doesn’t sound pretty.
Yesterday Stallone Tweeted “WILLIS OUT…HARRISON FORD IN!!!… GREAT NEWS!!! Been waiting years for this”. Now, you could look at the “great news” either meaning great news that Ford is now in the team (which actually IS great news!), or it could be taken than Stallone has been waiting years for Willis to leave the franchise.
Willis, Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger set up Planet Hollywood together decades ago, and with Willis being a co-investor, it is doubtful that Stallone would be pleased to be loosing him, or would he? Stallone Tweeted a few minutes after the announcement a rather nasty Tweet aimed at Bruce Willis, it said “GREEDY AND LAZY… A SURE FORMULA FOR CAREER FAILURE”
Not nice at all, which suggests that Stallone and Willis have fallen out big time. It is also apparent that Stallone enjoys using capitol letters in his Tweets! Now, with Willis out, there are rumours that Ford may just step into Willis’ character of Mr Chruch, but this has not been confirmed yet, but just having Ford involved makes The Expendables 3 even more of an exciting prospect.
Here is what we know of The Expendables 3 so far:
Lionsgate have revealed that they will release The Expendables 3 in US cinemas on August 15th 2014. This marks the third time The Expendables will be released at the tail end of the Summer Blockbuster season, and his hasn’t harmed the previous two films.
Both the previous films were released around the same time in 2010 for the first film, and in 2012 for the second film. The Expendables grossed $275 million worldwide, while The Expendables 2 did slightly better taking $300 million worldwide.
Sylvester Stallone has starred in both films, and will be back for the third film. While we still wait for confirmation of the previous films cast members to return, the only name we know for sure is back is Mickey Rourke. However, it is doubtful the main cast would not return for a third outing, so the likes of Jason Statham, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Terry Crews, Dolph Lundgren and Randy Couture are likely to be announced at some point.
What is even more exciting is the latest additions to the Expendables series, and a number of names have been confirmed over the past few weeks to be making their Expendables debut. Wesley Snipes, Milla Jovovich, Jackie Chan and Nicolas Cage are all set to appear, and there have even been talks with Steven Seagal to make his first appearance in the films. Exciting stuff indeed.
Mel Gibson has also been mentioned as playing the films villain, and that has been confirmed, and then denied so we have no idea if he will be in it.
We also now know who will be directing The Expendables 3, Australian director Patrick Hughes. Hughes is an Australian commercials director who has made a small amount of short film including Signs, The Lighter and The Director. His only feature lengthy film is the 2010 Western Red Hill.
Production on The Expendables 3 is set to begin later this year.
While we have your attention regarding Harrison Ford, some brief news came about yesterday about Indiana Jones 5. The film has been talked about for years, and while it may seem likely to never happen now that George Lucas has retired, Steven Spielberg has had discussions on how to move forward with a fifth Jones film.
In a recent interview with The Telegraph, Ford expressed an interest in returning for a fifth film, and let’s face it, would another Indiana Jones film really work without him?
“We’ve seen the character develop and grow over a period of time and it’s perfectly appropriate and okay for him to come back again with a great movie around him where he doesn’t necessarily have to kick as much ass,” he told The Telegraph.
“To me, what was interesting about the character was that he prevailed, that he had courage, that he had wit, that he had intelligence, that he was frightened and that he still managed to survive. That I can do,”
Even though Indiana Jones & The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull went totally barmy come the end, I would welcome another Jones film, wouldn’t you?