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Cast This: Who Should Direct The Expendables 3?

Sep. 24, 2012by: Niki Stephens

Last week, there was a stir created in the news that fans wanted John Woo to direct THE EXPENDABLES 3. Which got us thinking-- who would be a great director for the third?

When it came to directing a sequel to THE EXPENDABLES, production took a step up hiring Simon West. West may not have made some of the best films, but he did direct CON AIR. If you do something like CON AIR then you should get an automatic spot in the director's chair for an EXPENDABLES follow-up. When it came to pleasing the fans, it seems that West knew exactly what to do. By this logic and the fact that he's got more well-known action films under his belt, it's easy to see why Woo would be a good choice.

If the fans don't get Woo, then who is the next best choice? Or is there a better one? There was a good idea pitched by Markuskorpela in the strike backs who suggested that Paul Verhoeven take on the third installment. What about someone like Luc Besson? Clint Eastwood even jokingly mentioned that he would have to pass on starring, but maybe he would direct.

What does it take to direct something like THE EXPENDABLES? One might automatically think of this macheesmo action fodder as corny, however, if given to the right people, the stars end up looking like the true badasses they are.

So throw some ideas at us! Who should direct THE EXPENDABLES 3?

RESULTS FROM PREVIOUS 'CAST THIS': WONDER WOMAN (TV)?

1. Gina Carano 2. Lynn Collins 3. Odette Annable (formerly Yustman)

I sensed that you guys weren't as excited about Wonder Woman regardless of what medium the character showed up on. Gina Carano (no surprise) was the first choice, even if she wasn't a great actress, as indicated by some of those who voted for her. Between your second and third choices, Lynn Collins is the one I'd go with. Though I have to say, Jamie Alexander (THOR) was a terrific suggestion from one of the schmoes. She's got it all.

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5:37PM on 09/25/2012
How about The Raid director Gareth Evans or Dredd director Pete Travis? Woo would be great though
How about The Raid director Gareth Evans or Dredd director Pete Travis? Woo would be great though
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6:16AM on 09/25/2012
Dolph Lundgren: Hes directing his own B-movies since quite a while and doing a pretty good job.
Dolph Lundgren: Hes directing his own B-movies since quite a while and doing a pretty good job.
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11:19PM on 09/24/2012
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6:56PM on 09/24/2012
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3:49PM on 09/24/2012

John Woo would be great

but I think Michael Bay (haters be damned) could absolutely rock the shit out of it (see Bad Boys II and The Rock)

Shane Black would be cool but honestly I don't really care if he's directing, would much rather just see him be a part of the writing of the script/dialog at least.

Paul Verehoven would be interesting but seriously, the guy hasn't directed an action movie in more than FIFTEEN years (Starship Troopers) so there's gotta be a serious amount of rust there. A sketchy choice,
but I think Michael Bay (haters be damned) could absolutely rock the shit out of it (see Bad Boys II and The Rock)

Shane Black would be cool but honestly I don't really care if he's directing, would much rather just see him be a part of the writing of the script/dialog at least.

Paul Verehoven would be interesting but seriously, the guy hasn't directed an action movie in more than FIFTEEN years (Starship Troopers) so there's gotta be a serious amount of rust there. A sketchy choice, despite his credits prior.

Joe Carnahan would be a fantastic choice I think, he'd have to be my #3 after Woo and Bay. Smokin Aces sells him on this for me, but then there's also the amazing NARC and the solid A-Team on his resume to back him up action wise as well.
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3:39PM on 09/24/2012

John McTiernan

Though I had no idea he was in literal jail, that sucks. As a second choice, I'd be cool with John Woo... so long as there are lots of doves in slow-mo.
Though I had no idea he was in literal jail, that sucks. As a second choice, I'd be cool with John Woo... so long as there are lots of doves in slow-mo.
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2:09PM on 09/24/2012
No John Woo! Seriously, whot gonna clean up all this dove shit after him shooting?!
No John Woo! Seriously, whot gonna clean up all this dove shit after him shooting?!
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1:46PM on 09/24/2012

The perfect person was...

Tony Scott. Goddamn, that would have been worth getting outta bed for.
But, obviously, that ain't happening so, I'd have to go with John McTiernan... who I was just told is in prison.
Third Place: Renny Harlin!
Tony Scott. Goddamn, that would have been worth getting outta bed for.
But, obviously, that ain't happening so, I'd have to go with John McTiernan... who I was just told is in prison.
Third Place: Renny Harlin!
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1:45PM on 09/24/2012

For me this is an easy call

1. John McTiernan
2. Richard Donner
3. Walter Hill
1. John McTiernan
2. Richard Donner
3. Walter Hill
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1:18PM on 09/24/2012
How about Albert hughes?
How about Albert hughes?
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12:56PM on 09/24/2012
John Woo is an obvious choice but here are my other picks

Joe Carnahan - I never thought he'd pull off the A-Team and make it enjoyable despite its flaws. He could definitely make the movie fun without parodying itself.

Corey Yuen - A chance for a Jet Li and Jason Statham reunion. He'd definitely make it hardcore but at the same time achieve the balance as in, not just violence for the sake of violence.

John Woo is an obvious choice but here are my other picks

Joe Carnahan - I never thought he'd pull off the A-Team and make it enjoyable despite its flaws. He could definitely make the movie fun without parodying itself.

Corey Yuen - A chance for a Jet Li and Jason Statham reunion. He'd definitely make it hardcore but at the same time achieve the balance as in, not just violence for the sake of violence.

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12:46PM on 09/24/2012
I enjoyed both Expendables films, and I could give a shit who directs them. Feel sorry for any director anguishing on how to fit all these stars in a 90 minute movie. The selling point for me is the cast, non-stop action, and my expectations regarding most everything else are pretty marginal.
I enjoyed both Expendables films, and I could give a shit who directs them. Feel sorry for any director anguishing on how to fit all these stars in a 90 minute movie. The selling point for me is the cast, non-stop action, and my expectations regarding most everything else are pretty marginal.
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12:30PM on 09/24/2012

John Woo....

We all liked MI-2.... Don't tell me you didn't....And remember Killer???
We all liked MI-2.... Don't tell me you didn't....And remember Killer???
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10:58AM on 09/24/2012
Gavin O'Connor. 'Warrior' was basically everything great about five of six Rocky movies wrapped into one amazing movie. And the way he handled the action was visceral and bone-crunching. Love to see what he'd do with a shoot em up action flick.
Gavin O'Connor. 'Warrior' was basically everything great about five of six Rocky movies wrapped into one amazing movie. And the way he handled the action was visceral and bone-crunching. Love to see what he'd do with a shoot em up action flick.
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2:08PM on 09/24/2012
"Warrior" wasn´t bad but the fight scenes sucked, too shaky, too tight. You couldn´t see shit.
"Warrior" wasn´t bad but the fight scenes sucked, too shaky, too tight. You couldn´t see shit.
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10:55AM on 09/24/2012
Of course my first pick is still John Woo, but I also like the Walter Hill and Martin Campbell suggestions. I'm also gonna toss in Lee Tamahori's name too.
Of course my first pick is still John Woo, but I also like the Walter Hill and Martin Campbell suggestions. I'm also gonna toss in Lee Tamahori's name too.
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9:04AM on 09/24/2012
John McTiernan.
John McTiernan.
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8:43AM on 09/24/2012
John Woo, John McTiernan, or Robert Rodriguez. And they should add Antonio Banderas, Jackie Chan, Donnie Yen, and Danny "Mechete" Trejo!
John Woo, John McTiernan, or Robert Rodriguez. And they should add Antonio Banderas, Jackie Chan, Donnie Yen, and Danny "Mechete" Trejo!
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7:45AM on 09/24/2012

Simon West should return

Woo is a has-been. Bring Simon West back and keep the budget reasonable.
Woo is a has-been. Bring Simon West back and keep the budget reasonable.
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7:31AM on 09/24/2012
I was skeptical about Simon West directing but I would not mind him directing once more.
I was skeptical about Simon West directing but I would not mind him directing once more.
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7:18AM on 09/24/2012
Robert rodriguez,Paul Verhoeven,neveldine/taylor,Timur
Bekmambetov,Louis Leterrier,Michael Davis,Guy Ritchie
Robert rodriguez,Paul Verhoeven,neveldine/taylor,Timur
Bekmambetov,Louis Leterrier,Michael Davis,Guy Ritchie
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7:16AM on 09/24/2012
Richard Donner, good call philalva77! The guy knows what it takes to make a successful action movie. Martin Campbell is another great action director. Either of those guys could raise the bar for EX3.
Richard Donner, good call philalva77! The guy knows what it takes to make a successful action movie. Martin Campbell is another great action director. Either of those guys could raise the bar for EX3.
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6:31AM on 09/24/2012
McTiernan, Woo, Donner - James Cameron would be badass if he weren't so busy with his smurfs.

How much fun would Robert Rodriguez or Edgar Wright have with this?
McTiernan, Woo, Donner - James Cameron would be badass if he weren't so busy with his smurfs.

How much fun would Robert Rodriguez or Edgar Wright have with this?
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6:24AM on 09/24/2012

Walter Hill

I say Walter Hill. He directed Red Heat with Arnie, 48 Hours, The Warriors and co-wrote Aliens. Not to mention he just directed Sly in Bullet to the Head so that is an easy connection.
I say Walter Hill. He directed Red Heat with Arnie, 48 Hours, The Warriors and co-wrote Aliens. Not to mention he just directed Sly in Bullet to the Head so that is an easy connection.
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6:24AM on 09/24/2012
Shane Black. And he better writes the script as well. The one for Expendables 2, especially the dialogues were horrible. Arnie, Stallone and Co. sounded like a bunch of bitchy schoolgirls, stealing each other catchphrases!
Shane Black. And he better writes the script as well. The one for Expendables 2, especially the dialogues were horrible. Arnie, Stallone and Co. sounded like a bunch of bitchy schoolgirls, stealing each other catchphrases!
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4:56AM on 09/24/2012
Renny Harlin was a great (and realistic) suggestion. The problem with the John Woo idea is that he probably wouldn't take the job.
Renny Harlin was a great (and realistic) suggestion. The problem with the John Woo idea is that he probably wouldn't take the job.
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4:43AM on 09/24/2012
You'd need someone who's preferably a veteran action director, someone who can offer up old-school nostalgia, yet not make it too silly at the same time. If not John Woo, then I'm thinking Wolfgang Petersen, who did Air Force One, Das Boot and Poseidon - though he may be too serious. Alternatively, how about the directors who did the other team-up films of 2010? Joe Carnahan of the A-Team would be great, Robert Schwentke of RED could lend a cool look to it, and Sylvain White of the Losers would
You'd need someone who's preferably a veteran action director, someone who can offer up old-school nostalgia, yet not make it too silly at the same time. If not John Woo, then I'm thinking Wolfgang Petersen, who did Air Force One, Das Boot and Poseidon - though he may be too serious. Alternatively, how about the directors who did the other team-up films of 2010? Joe Carnahan of the A-Team would be great, Robert Schwentke of RED could lend a cool look to it, and Sylvain White of the Losers would give it a high-energy feel.

Also, Tony Scott would have made such a great Expendables movie, were he still alive. RIP.
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4:28AM on 09/24/2012
Renny Harlin, Cliffhanger reunion., if not then John Woo if they let it them go all out. Maybe even Richard Donner, then he can get Mel Gibson involved.
Renny Harlin, Cliffhanger reunion., if not then John Woo if they let it them go all out. Maybe even Richard Donner, then he can get Mel Gibson involved.
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2:51AM on 09/24/2012
In an ideal world, it would have been John McTiernan, the godfather of 80's action movies. However, it seems he's not getting out of jail anytime soon =(.
In an ideal world, it would have been John McTiernan, the godfather of 80's action movies. However, it seems he's not getting out of jail anytime soon =(.
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