Sylvester Stallone Talks About the Direction for The Expendabelles Spin-Off and the Future of the Franchise
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 08.08.2014
“I lost the house and my mercenaries.”
Speaking to IGN, Sylvester Stallone discussed potential plot details for the upcoming female-centric spin-off of The Expendables, currently entitled The Expendabelles. You can read some highlights below. The Expendables 3 hits theaters on August 15. The Expendabelles is slated to begin shooting in early 2015 and for a potential release later that year.
Stallone on TheExpendabelles being "uncharted waters": "With The Expendabelles, we're in uncharted waters. To put all women together, will that really work? Do you have to put in some women that are actually really known to be tough – other MMA fighters [like Ronda Rousey who appears in The Expendables 3]? Or are the Expendabelles really part of a divorce, with Sigourney Weaver as my wife and she's inherited half of the Expendables? … It's like, I've got to deal with that too, I lost the house and my mercenaries."
Stallone on developing a good story for the concept: "There are all these things we're trying concoct so that when we do it, it doesn't just languish there… it's not just a use of the name but actually something that would hold its own."
Stallone on the direction the franchise could take: "We'd like to just continue. It's an ongoing experiment. You have a great franchise in the Avengers where you can branch off and do other things. Ideally, I would love to see some of these characters, like Antonio Banderas's Galgo or the young Expendables, go off and do their own movies. I know that's maybe a pipe dream, but then you come together for the big festival of violence or the great challenge of whoever the villain is [in the main film series]. I could definitely see one and a half, at least, maybe two more. You never know. But [with] the third one… I've always found that when I started doing films that were a franchise I was ridiculed for it – we all were. But I was always intrigued by television – how can they do ten years of the same character in the same location? And yet you watch it. But you do one film and you go, ‘Oh that's the end'. Some films are designed like that but other films, you