Sylvester Stallone Will Not Write or Direct 'The Expendables' Sequel

March 9, 2011
Source: 24 Frames

Sylvester Stallone

Though I found myself underwhelmed by the ensemble action romp that was The Expendables, the prospect of Arnold Schwarzenegger's return to acting and hopefully a bigger role in the sequel is somewhat enticing. And this time around, perhaps what didn't work on the page or screen will can be tweaked a bit. The biggest reason this might happen is 24 Frames has learned that Sylvester Stallone will not write or direct the sequel. Apparently Stallone (who wrote and directed the first film in addition to starring in it) is currently in the process of meeting with directors to tackle the sequel and a script is already done.

Though no details on the story have been given, writers David Agosto and Ken Kaufman are behind the script. The former doesn't have any credits that really lend faith to his talents, but Kaufman did pen Space Cowboys, a decent flick that also had an aged ensemble cast along with action and comedy. Last we heard about the sequel, we heard Bruce Willis might even return and the actor said that Stallone would be "going for all the marbles this time." Stallone himself said that he was looking to do something "quite radical" with the sequel as well. The good news for those who enjoyed The Expendables is another one probably isn't too far off, and I guess the rest of us will just have to hope it's a little better this time around. So who should direct The Expendables sequel?

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  • Tester
    In my opinion, this is good news
  • dave
    i thought the only bad things about the expendables was the lack of background or story any of the charcters had and the script was a bit hit or miss. maybe getting some proper writers will give us a better film...
  • I say less characters next time. I felt like scenes in the film were just made up so Jet Li would have something to do besides stand in the background asking about more money for his family. Keep maybe a core 3 characters (Stallone, Statham and Li) and shitcan the rest so the audience doesn't have to keep track of 8 non-characters. Same goes for some of the side stories such as Statham's "love interest." She's in 2 scenes and does nothing for the film nor does the subplot she's involved in.
    • Effingham
      Agree, except for the Charisma Carpenter eye candy.
  • Rosaleeadams
    zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.......the first was so bad, that I could care. Fortunately it was checked out from a library. Hate to think about paying even a rental fee for it.
    • Fade9999
      lets be honest your prob a little girl
  • rocKicker
    it was exactly what it set out to be, popcorn fun...i look forward to the next!
  • I actually like Stallone's directing and feel this is bad news.
  • Loser
    Has anyone noticed that Stallone does his best work as an actor writer director, when everyone thinks he is done. Sly always makes his best movies comeback style and around the second or third he goes safe and f`s up. Check out his career and say I am wrong I dare u
  • Loser
    And thats why the expendables did not work as it should haven he got safe
  • The first was a blast! Stallone knows how to please his fans, so I am a little worried about another director taking the helm... I'll still see it, it's Stallone!
  • Spider
    I personally think that Stallone is a good director, as "Rocky Balboa" and "Rambo", clearly demonstrated! "The Expendables" was a fun action flick. Sure, some of us may complain about the script and lack of decent characters, etc., but then again, we knew what we were going in to see to begin with. It would have been cool to see Stallone come back to the writer/director's chair, but since he will be starring in Wayne Kramer's, 'Headshot", he clearly has too much on his plate and I'm sure he would want the "Expendables" sequel to be a mega hit. I'm still sure he's making the call as far as casting is concerned, though! All things considered, I think this flick will turn out fine!
    • Awtan90
  • mk2011
    THANK God. "The Expendables" was a horrible film. And I was looking forward to it after "Rocky Balboa" and "Rambo". And I don't know where and how it went wrong, but was terrible. Wasn't even good on a guilty pleasure level. With that cast, let someone else step behind the camera and write the screenplay.
  • Craig
    The first one was so bad that this could only be good news. Hire a new cinematographer while you're at it.
  • Hot enough, the old




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