I quite enjoyed The Expendables 3, and actually preferred it to the second film, but many didn’t, and part of the problem was the franchises continued lack of ultra violence. Considering the original idea was all about bringing back those heroes from the 80’s and 90’s, made famous for the violence on screen in action films, the Expendables never really captured that disregard for acceptability, and instead seemed to opt for the lower rating to sell more cinema tickets.
In an interview with Crave, Stallone was asked about whether there would be an Expendables 4, and what the plan would be for the film rating. Thankfully Stallone gave the right answer:
“Absolutely unequivocally yes. I believe it was a horrible miscalculation on everyone’s part in trying to reach a wider audience, but in doing such, diminish the violence that the audience expects. I’m quite certain it won’t happen again.”
Stallone also hinted at the deaths of some key characters in the fourth film:
“[It’s is a big conflict for me, because in an R-rated film it is difficult to believe that none of the heroes die. I personally just believe that the characters become identifiable and their demise could put a dark cloud over an audience exiting the theatre after seeing the film. But that may change in ‘Expendables 4?…”
Finally, he teased that the fourth film could include time travel:
“I have actually entertained the idea of putting the group into such an unnatural environment that it, in an of itself, creates extra suspense and tension: the “fish out of water” scenario. That environment might not be time travel, but nearly just as jarring”
The Expendables 4 is yet to be confirmed after the third film tanked at the box office (probably due to the fact the film leaked on-line early), but I would expect to hear an Expendables 4 announcement sometime next year. Fingers crossed…