"Open Road has announced that writer/director David Ayer's (End of Watch) latest, Sabotage, is set to hit theaters on March 28.
In the film, Arnold Schwarzengger leads an elite DEA task force that takes on the world's deadliest drug cartels. When the team successfully executes a high-stakes raid on a cartel safe house, they think their work is done - until, one-by-one, the team members mysteriously start to be eliminated. As the body count rises, everyone is a suspect."
"For the first film (The Expendables), we weren't sure what we were doing. There was drama, a little comedy, and in the end it's a bit experimental. But in this third installment, there are many actors like Mel Gibson, Antonio Banderas, Harrison Ford or Wesley Snipes contributing so there's a lot of potential, and it will, without doubt, be the best of all."
"The American actor with big arms even said he liked killing in movies "Better them than me" According to a list published by the magazine Inside Business, Sylvester Stallone is third best assassin in fiction, with an average of 267 deaths to his credit! The former governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger, ranks first among exterminator with more than 360 victims in his films, followed by the Chinese actor Chow Yon Fat with 297 murders."
The Arnold Fans did a great interview with Total Recall/Robocop director Paul Verhoeven and the subject turned to Legend Of Conan:
"I’m a big fan in fact of Conan. That’s a great movie," Verhoeven tells me in regards to discussing the possibility of directing The Legend of Conan with Schwarzenegger. “If they asked me, I’d certainly love to. The score of Conan is great. The style of editing that Milius used was very beautiful, and Arnold does a great job. He was really the perfect choice.”
So what's the very latest on the barbarian? Well, I was just told that Andrea Berloff, the writer of The Legend of Conan is very excited with her script and that she and other Conan producers attended Arnold Schwarzenegger's holiday party just a few weeks ago. So Conan is not strapped up on a Tree of Woe. He is hopefully heading our way soon. Camels beware! The only obstacle in our way now is the dreaded Twins 2 script in progress. Rumor has it that it's a neck-and-neck tie to the finish line for the Conan and Twins scripts. To HELL with you, Twins! You'll be the one thing that can make Conan CRY! Hell, men everywhere will be in tears if that one comes first. Crom, if you do not listen, then to hell with you! FIRST CONAN!!!! THEN Twins 2! Rise up Arnold fans, let Conan himself @Schwarzenegger and @UniversalPics know on twitter that we will NOT stand for Twins to come before the return of the one true king. All hail King Conan!"
Paul Verhoeven has mentioned a few times now that he'd love to direct Conan and I think that having him on board would be the best thing that could happen to the movie...The possibility of Conan being delayed by Twins 2 on the other hand is almost too horrible to think about.
"Van Damme was a pleasure to watch in this. He's actually become a good actor. It seems like he's "let go" a great deal.
When the film was offered to me, Van Damme was attached to the role that Tom Scott plays. And I said "I've been there and I've done that. I want him to be the bad guy." I told Jean-Claude that I was going to fashion the bad guy to be this incredibly flamboyant character: a cross between Hannibal Lecter and Robin Williams. He's going to be crazy, funny and lethal. And he pulled it off beautifully.
The film JCVD seemed to metamorphosize him into this really solid actor.
Yeah, and one who's also very funny. There's a lot of terrific humor in that film. Jean-Claude is never half-in anything. He's either all in, or not.
He had the guts to look ridiculous and it really works in his favor and the character's.
It's the reason I wanted to do the film: it was a chance to show a different side of Van Damme. His character is all ninety-degree arcs: he's smiling and sweet one minute, then sticks a knife in someone's belly.
Was it a tight shoot in terms of the budget and schedule?
I've said before that it's a director's job to pour a quart of water into a pint bottle. So yeah, we did it for very little money and shot it in twenty-seven days.
Don't you find though, that when you have $1.40 and a gun to your head with a ticking clock, that's when the cool stuff comes out, creatively speaking?
Yes, and the analogy is the same: if they give you a quart bottle, you're going to pour a gallon into it. If they gave me the Pacific Ocean, I'd be lost. It forces you to figure things out quickly and be very prepared. I was talking with a really wonderful filmmaker about a project we were going to do together. He said "It's going to cost X." I said, 'No, I think I can do it for Y." He said "How the fuck are you going to do that?" I said, 'Easy, I just won't get everything I want.' If you're prepared not to get everything you want, then work around that, you can do it.
And how do you do triage in that sense, to pick what stays and what goes?
Each day of making a film is kind of like your mom and dad has given you ten bucks. So are you going to spend it on ten one dollar things or get something really cool for six or seven bucks, then spread the remaining three bucks around? That's what filmmaking is. I pick one shot during a day of filmmaking where I say 'Okay, that's seven of the ten dollars.' Then I have to do the rest for three."
We also have a 'making of' clip from the movie: