Sylvester Stallone Considering Mel Gibson to Direct 'Expendables 3'?

April 11, 2013
Source: Twitter

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While director Clint Eastwood once wryly suggested that he might take a role behind the camera rather than in front of it for the action sequel The Expendables 3. However, that turned out to be more of a joke than anything. The only solid news for the gestating sequel has Jackie Chan taking a role, and Sylvester Stallone is still interested in getting Harrison Ford, Wesley Snipes and Nicolas Cage in on the action (and Snipes just recently got out of jail). But what about a director? Well, Stallone made a joke on Twitter about a director for The Expendables 5 (apparently skipping the fourth film), and that turned into a serious inquiry.

Stallone wrote on Twitter, "What about Mel Gibson directing EXPENDABLES FIVE???" But then he immediately followed up with "No , I was kidding about [that] but seriously, what about Mel Gibson directing EXPENDABLES 3? Opinions anyone? Curious…" Could Stallone really be testing the waters for Gibson to direct the sequel? He hasn't directed anything since Apocalypto in 2006, and that would be quite a high profile return behind the camera. Gibson knows how to make a grand scale film like Braveheart and even The Passion of the Christ, but this would definitely be the most action he's ever directed. Hoenstly, I think this sounds like a great idea, especially if that means Gibson gets to make a cameo. Thoughts?

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Reader Feedback - 29 Comments


Say what you will about Mel Gibson, but the sonofabitch knows story structure.

Matt Peloquin on Apr 11, 2013


O you stole my line, south park references ftw

Cody W on Apr 11, 2013


Seems like a good idea to me.

Nielsen700 on Apr 11, 2013


what he has done to you?

truong18 on Apr 11, 2013


Stop or my Mom will Shoot...

hagman on Apr 11, 2013


Hope he will,

truong18 on Apr 11, 2013


Sounds great. Danny Glover + Mel Gibson cameo. Bring it on.

capitandelespacio on Apr 11, 2013


When we getting Dwayne Johnson in on the cast?

OfficialJab on Apr 11, 2013


when he gets old and I guess in EX 11 or so

thechillerdewd on Apr 11, 2013


Apocolypto was an awesome film.

Guy who comments on things on Apr 11, 2013


Yes!! That would be awesome!

Moutchy on Apr 11, 2013


I think this is a great idea. A good comeback vehicle for Mel and a good move by Stallone. Say what you will about Sly, as much as it's all business it's also personal. I think if he could bring all these guys together to make EX3 with Gibson directing and of course having a cameo in the film would be cool. I hope this happens.

Marco on Apr 11, 2013


You really need to calm down here.

Marco on Apr 11, 2013


Expendables 2 was awful. I'll probably skip 3...

Bl00dwerK on Apr 11, 2013


You should write Pineapple Express 2.

Isildur_of_Numenor on Apr 11, 2013


Clint Eastwood was a good idea. This blows it out of the water. Fingers crossed!

Isildur_of_Numenor on Apr 11, 2013


it would be sweet if mel gibson was in it he is a real bad ass and would fit right in

anthony on Apr 11, 2013


and it would be cool to also get the rock tony jaa and michael jai white now that would be cool

anthony on Apr 11, 2013


Mel is controversial but he could pull off such a project. Mark Dacascos for a role?

The Mechanic on Apr 11, 2013


I couldn't agree more Oroolicious. I hope he drinks himself to death, or at least into a coma. How many second chances is this loser going to be given?

Chuckee Knowlton on Apr 11, 2013


losers know!

T.J. LeDoux on Apr 16, 2013


Hell yes that's a great idea!!

grimjob on Apr 11, 2013


That would be bad ass!!!!

Crazy Legs on Apr 11, 2013


Mel Gibson is both one of the best action ACTORS of all time, and best action directors......I don't see any way he decides to do this, but if he did, it would DRAMATICALLY change the style of the series. Mel wouldn't touch this if it were just going to be more "expanded cameo cheese," and pointless explosions and machine gunfire. It would have to be a FILM. Which would be friggin' awesome. I would pay DOUBLE, and buy the Blu-Ray at the same time, if this came to pass.

Dave Melges on Apr 12, 2013


Sure doesn't take much to please some people. This is exactly why we have sooooo much garbage coming out of Hollywood. Because people think it's great. Give your head a shake man.

Chuckee Knowlton on Apr 15, 2013


I wish they'd made Shane Black's LW5 script. If only to make up for number 4.

$126191 on Apr 12, 2013


Hell ya

jkcm725 on Apr 12, 2013


Wesley Snipes. Yes.

Emilio on Apr 13, 2013


Time for those people who control Hollywood to let the racial thing die!!!! Mel for directors position!

T.J. LeDoux on Apr 16, 2013

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