"Lionsgate top brass announced on Tuesday that the latest episode in the action series will premiere in the UK on August 4.
Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Dolph Lundgren return to the fray with cast regulars Jet Li, Randy Couture and Terry Crews.
The action includes Wesley Snipes, Antonio Banderas, Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford, Kellan Lutz, Kelsey Grammer, MMA star Ronda Rousey, welterweight boxing champion Victor Ortiz and Glen Powell.
The Expendables 3 will open in the UK through Lionsgate UK on August 14. It arrives in the US on August 15 and opens across most of the world on the same weekend.
Patrick Hughes of Red Hill fame directs the story of the mercenary do-gooders who encounter the group’s co-founder and arms dealer Conrad Stonebanks – played by Gibson – who returns from the dead with a score to settle.
Creighton Rothenberger co-wrote the screenplay with Katrin Benedikt and Stallone. Producers are Avi Lerner, Kevin King-Templeton, Danny Lerner and Les Weldon.
Trevor Short, Boaz Davidson and John Thompson serve as executive producers while Lionsgate’s Jason Constantine and Eda Kowan oversaw production.
The first two instalments of The Expendables have grossed nearly $600m worldwide."
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Sylvester Stallone will portray hitman Gregory Scarpa — also known as “The Grim Reaper” — with Brad Furman on board to direct “Scarpa” for Millennium Films.
The project will re-team Stallone with “Rocky” producer Irwin Winkler with a screenplay by “Goodfellas” and “Casino” writer Nicholas Pileggi. Avi Lerner, who teamed with Stallone on “The Expendables” movies, will also produce.
Scarpa was a career criminal and an enforcer for the Colombo family. The project will focus on his work as an informant for the FBI and helping solve the “Mississippi Burning” case by allegedly pistol-whipping and kidnapping a member of the Ku Klux Klan in 1964.
Scarpa pleaded guilty in 1993 to three murders and died of complications from AIDS in prison in 1994.
Furman directed “The Lincoln Lawyer” and “Runner Runner.”
Stallone will be seen next in “The Expendables 3″ and Millennium’s action-thriller “Reach Me.”
Collider reports that they have been informed from sources Expendables 3 was originally rated R, and had to make cuts to make it into a PG13 after it failed to receive it the first time the film was submitted to the MPAA. This is good news for us, as they'll most likely have an unrated DVD featuring the footage that was cut.
"While you might think The Expendables 3 is taking it easy on the violence, think again. I’ve learned from sources that the film just squeaked by the MPAA with a PG-13 rating, and they had to make trims to get there after the first pass was given an R. Based on what I saw on set, that doesn’t surprise me."
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