Lionsgate and Maple Pictures revealed today at CinemaCon that Expendables 2 will explode onto screens August 17, 2012!! This release is pretty much exactly 2 years to the date of the release of the first Expendables film which arrived August 13, 2010. As of now, Sylvester Stallone is still the only confirmed cast member returning in a starring role as Barney Ross. David Agosto and Ken Kaufman have written the script for Expendables 2 and the search for a Director is still underway. As of yet, no story details have been divulged. Stay tuned for more as it happens!!
At last, proof that The Expendables do more good then just blowing away bad guys! Randy Couture is organizing a second annual Poker Run For Charity (he was the only Celebrity the first time around). This time he's invited:
most of the cast of "The Expendables", such as Jason Statham and Mickey Rourke. "Jet Li will be tough, he doesn't ride," Couture joked. He's also invited actors Kevin James ("Grown Ups"), Sean Patrick Flanery ("The Boondock Saints") and David Zayas ("Dexter"), plus MMA fighter Greg Maynard, MMA ref John McCarthy and many more.
The Poker Run will raise proceeds for wounded military vets, a truly excellent cause. To read more about this great event and its history, check out the original article at ESPN!!
Obsessed With Film is reporting that UK WBA Heavyweight Champion Boxer David Haye wants a role in the upcoming Expendables sequel. He released the following quotes:
“I’ve always loved films ……I believe I will be able to transcend from the sporting background into being a successful actor.”
(I’ve had…)Loads, loads, loads (of offers). I want to be in The Expendables 2, so fingers crossed.”
As of now, Expendables 2 is still without a Director after Sly's decision to step back and only keep a starring role in the sequel. I wouldn't expect any more casting announcements until a Director is in place and with this news comes the following reminder, wanting something and actually getting it are two VERY DIFFERENT things. Time will tell if Haye can land himself a role. Be sure to check out the full article at Obsessed With Film for more info on Haye and his history.
I am not taking credit for this pick, I've heard others suggest it as well, but as a HUGE fan of Die Hard I feel so dumb for not immediately going to this most obvious of conclusions. If Sylvester Stallone wants to step aside as Director, then in my mind John McTiernan is the next best candidate. John McTiernan re-defined the action genre with his work on Die Hard and made Bruce Willis the action star he is today.
A collection of macho heavyweights joining together for a mission? Yeah McTiernan did that too, it starred Arnold Schwarzenegger and kicked alien ass, it was a little film called Predator. McTiernan's career has its hits (Die Hard, Predator, The Hunt For Red October) and misses (The 13th Warrior, Rollerball) and I know he's recently had his troubles with the F.B.I but he is a proven veteran of action looking for a comeback and I think Expendables 2 could be his break.
McTiernan has Directed Bruce Willis in Die Hard, Arnold Schwarzenegger in Predator and Sean Connery in The Hunt For Red October just to name a few. Big names want to work with him and he delivers quality action in his films. And with Bruce and Arnold you already have your Expendables connection.
He wasn't in my poll initially but he has since been added. If you agree with me that John McTiernan would be the perfect choice for Expendables 2 cast your vote in my poll below!! You can read more about John McTiernan and his career at IMDB!!