The Expendables 3, Sylvester Stallone's next potential action-infused assortment of alpha-male-inflicted massacres has found its director. It seems that up and coming Australian director, Patrick Hughes will helm the bloodthristy third entry in the franchise.
The news comes from Sly himself (essentially in control of the franchise), who took to Twitter dropping hints before finally confirming that he selected Hughes to be the film's new visionary. The Aussie, whose directorial resume is somewhat thin, apparently impressed Stallone with his 2010 writing/directorial effort, Red Hill, which starred True Blood's Ryan Kwanten. The decision on who would occupy the big chair for this sequel was apparently a critical one, given the dangers of this hugely successful franchise possibly appearing stale in this third effort. It's an especially important precaution after the embarrassing box-office collapses of recent solo efforts by Stallone in Bullet to the Head and by co-star, Arnold Schwarzenegger with The Last Stand. Consequently, after negotiations to procure Mel Gibson as director fell through, Stallone described the selection process of The Expendables 3 helmer as a search for "new blood."
"My best PURE ACTION FILM-The last RAMBO- I want this one too top it and I believe it will with NEW BLOOD..."
Upon revealing that Hughes landed the job, he would comment:
"Rent RED HILL. Great Movie!! 500,000 budget 20 day shoot, Amazing - ROCKY was 850,000 and 25 days , Good OMEN!!!"
The praises would continue and it does appear that the next over-the-top one-liner-dropping love letter to the old-school 80's action genre will begin production this summer. Besides the repertory players joining Stallone like Jason Statham, Terry Crews, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, and Randy Couture, expect to see new (old-school) action faces like Jackie Chan and even a reunion with Stallone's Demolition Man nemesis, Wesley Snipes.
The Expendables 3 invades theaters with weapons harnessing the power of pure testosterone sometime in 2014.