Sly Tweets Confirmation of Patrick Hughes Directing 'Expendables 3'

April 23, 2013
Source: Twitter

Patrick Hughes

This is how it happens in 2013. Real news is actually broken on twitter sometimes, by the source themselves. Sylvester Stallone took to his own twitter @TheSlyStallone to announce the director of Expendables 3, the next sequel in the action series. He's been looking at prospects for a while and most recently said as of last Friday that he was meeting a "New Director" this past weekend. He must've really liked him, as he's now announced that it is Aussie filmmaker Patrick Hughes, of a 2010 cult western hit called Red Hill, who got the job. Along the way in his tweets, he talks about a few other directors fans were hoping to see take over.

It's better to just share with you what Stallone wrote on twitter today, with the tweets listed in chronological order from his first clue on down. At least we now know who the director is, and possibly could have been.

The short he is referring to on "U-Tube" is called Signs, directed by Patrick Hughes, can be seen here. After a few of his shorts, Hughes' feature debut was Red Hill (on Netflix Instant here), starring Ryan Kwanten, and it's a gritty action flick that certainly proves he has the potential to make a kick ass movie on the scale of Expendables. For those wondering, Stallone was asked about he himself directing again, and said "I would Direct it myself , but I want my HANDS free to fight!!!" Har har. Earlier he tweeted: "I think I know who is hungry and talented…. Fate at the Gate." Let's hope that's the case for Hughes. So far Wesley Snipes has been confirmed for the cast, but all other news keeps coming straight from Sly on twitter, follow him there.

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  • OfficialJab
    Lets get Dwayne Johnson in here, yeah? Also, I think Tom Cruise could make a swell villain for one of these, as in Collateral. Cerebral, but also he can run if you need him to. Probably other stuff, but I think he mainly wants to run. Do it.
    • LosZombies
      Dude seeing Tom Cruise as a villain would be the sickest thing ever. Has he ever even had a villainous role? Cant seem to recall.
      • The aforementioned Collateral was an Oscar worthy villain role.
        • That is a great film! His performance reminded me of Henry Fonda's character, Frank, in Once Upon A Time In The West. Seeing an actor play against his stereotype successfully is a wonderful thing to see.
          • He plays a very calculating villain, but not menacing. American History X would be his best villain and the latest Bourne would probably be his worst.
        • OfficialJab
          I've always wanted to see Edward Norton dig his teeth into more good villain roles, too. For no real reason, I had been holding out hope that he'd appear against Tom in a MI film.
          • IMO Norton as a villain in The Italian Job almost ruined that film.
        • mistermysteryguest
          Easily one of his best roles.
  • grimjob
    Haven't seen Red Hill, but I'll check it out now. Excited for this!
  • I liked The Expendables 2 better than I liked the first one. Hopefully this one will follow that trend and be better than 2.




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