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Apr. 23, 2013by:

After a laundry list of rumors and fan picks for the director of THE EXPENDABLES 3, Sylvester Stallone has made his decision. He dropped multiple hints today on his Twitter feed as to the identity of the filmmaker taking on the next chapter of the action franchise that included that he is Australian, directed a movie just a couple years ago, is not very well known in the United States, and that his last movie was "more RED than BLUE". The mystery was solved when the identity was linked to RED HILL director Patrick Hughes.

RED HILL was a 2010 thriller starring Ryan Kwanted as a cop who gets involved in s small town showdown between the civilians, cops, and an escaped criminal. The movie was released to wide acclaim, especially as the directorial debut of Hughes. Stallone drew comparisons to his own directorial career with this tweet.

Rent RED HILL. Great Movie!! 500,000 budget 20 day shoot, Amazing - ROCKY was 850,000 and 25 days , Good OMEN!!!

While many were hoping John Woo or Mel Gibson would direct, it is nice to see a unique voice jumping in with these grizzled veterans. Hughes will have his hands full directing the returning heroes from THE EXPENDABLES 2 plus the addition of Wesley Snipes to the fold. This is looking like it is going to be an interesting project to watch.

Check out the trailer for RED HILL below.

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5:54PM on 04/23/2013

Good choice!

I was very impressed with Red Hill when I first saw it, and have always wondered why Hollywood hasn't picked up a great talent like his yet.

Also, the Oscar winning short animated film, Paperman, stole pretty much everything from Hughes' short film Signs. And honestly, I thought Signs was a better film.
I was very impressed with Red Hill when I first saw it, and have always wondered why Hollywood hasn't picked up a great talent like his yet.

Also, the Oscar winning short animated film, Paperman, stole pretty much everything from Hughes' short film Signs. And honestly, I thought Signs was a better film.
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5:42PM on 04/23/2013

RED HILL

RED HILL is a great pseudo-western. At its core, it's a remake of HALLOWEEN: A force of nature returns to its hometown after fifteen years to exact revenge. I highly recommend it. I hope this film leads to Hughes getting to make good original projects down the line.

I love Mel, but like I said when Sly first proposed him, he was never going to do it. He's got Vikings to tame and better films to make on his own!
RED HILL is a great pseudo-western. At its core, it's a remake of HALLOWEEN: A force of nature returns to its hometown after fifteen years to exact revenge. I highly recommend it. I hope this film leads to Hughes getting to make good original projects down the line.

I love Mel, but like I said when Sly first proposed him, he was never going to do it. He's got Vikings to tame and better films to make on his own!
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6:47PM on 04/23/2013
Great choice. Red Hill is an underrated gem.
Great choice. Red Hill is an underrated gem.
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5:56PM on 04/23/2013

From the sounds of it,

RED HILL was a solid but unspectacular debut. Looking forward to seeing what Patrick Hughes does with EXPENDABLES 3.
RED HILL was a solid but unspectacular debut. Looking forward to seeing what Patrick Hughes does with EXPENDABLES 3.
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9:57PM on 04/23/2013
I was really hoping for a big name to take the reigns on this one, and although I haven't seen Red Hill, people here seem to like it so I'm happy!
I was really hoping for a big name to take the reigns on this one, and although I haven't seen Red Hill, people here seem to like it so I'm happy!
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5:47PM on 04/23/2013
I haven't seen Red Hill, but based purely on the strength of this decision I will do a bit of research and go and find the movie ASAP to get a taste of what to expect.

I love the the idea of The Expendables franchise and hope it continues to go from strength to strength, I can only hope this decision plays in their favour.
I haven't seen Red Hill, but based purely on the strength of this decision I will do a bit of research and go and find the movie ASAP to get a taste of what to expect.

I love the the idea of The Expendables franchise and hope it continues to go from strength to strength, I can only hope this decision plays in their favour.
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5:46PM on 04/23/2013
Damn, I really wanted to see Red Hill back when I first heard of it. Now I'll definitely need to!
Damn, I really wanted to see Red Hill back when I first heard of it. Now I'll definitely need to!
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7:35AM on 04/27/2013

Red Hill was a great film

Felt like a western story, really well put together. But not a whole heap of big action sequences. I'll be real interested to see how he shoots The Expendables.
Felt like a western story, really well put together. But not a whole heap of big action sequences. I'll be real interested to see how he shoots The Expendables.
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11:53AM on 04/24/2013
Having John Woo would have been insane. Would get lots of guns, and lots of fucking doves. But I guess this choice is good too. I respect Stallone's tweet, because he respects the indy filmmakers.
Having John Woo would have been insane. Would get lots of guns, and lots of fucking doves. But I guess this choice is good too. I respect Stallone's tweet, because he respects the indy filmmakers.
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8:14AM on 04/24/2013
Very disappointing... an unexperienced director taking on big names in the business. It just seems Stallone found the cheapest guy willing to take on the reigns.
Very disappointing... an unexperienced director taking on big names in the business. It just seems Stallone found the cheapest guy willing to take on the reigns.
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5:49AM on 04/24/2013

Bullshit

Teasing us with A list action directors and giving us a D list loser who directed only one shitty movie is a slap in the face from Stallone.

Expendables 2 sucked, this one will be even worse. Expect more horrible post production CGI blood and action scenes that are more from a 2010 Seagal movie and not a classic 80s action movie. It makes me think Stallone just wants to make these for as little money as possible and churn out a steaming pile of crap just so he can rake in as much profit as
Teasing us with A list action directors and giving us a D list loser who directed only one shitty movie is a slap in the face from Stallone.

Expendables 2 sucked, this one will be even worse. Expect more horrible post production CGI blood and action scenes that are more from a 2010 Seagal movie and not a classic 80s action movie. It makes me think Stallone just wants to make these for as little money as possible and churn out a steaming pile of crap just so he can rake in as much profit as possible.
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5:26PM on 04/23/2013

so close with mel

now is a no sold.
now is a no sold.
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