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Sylvester Stallone will direct The Expendables 2 after all?

Apr. 8, 2011by: Dave Davis

After the physical punishment he put himself through while making THE EXPENDABLES, director/star Sylvester Stallone had implied that if the gang returned for a sequel, he wanted to hand directing duties off to someone else so he could just concentrate on slaughtering in front of the camera instead of multitasking the mayhem.

Sly has apparently decided not to bother getting a replacement, and will reportedly just do the job his own damn self after all.

Stallone was expected to make the cop drama HEADSHOT first, but after director Wayne Kramer (RUNNING SCARED, THE COOLER) departed due to the obligatory "creative differences", there was conjecture that Sly would take over shooting it. But it sounds like he'll instead get his green T-shirt and round up his mercenary squad for a different kind of shooting.

The EXPENDABLES sequel is expected in theaters August 17, 2012. Most of the surviving cast will likely return for further carnage, along with a new list of familiar faces ready for brief appearances and/or grisly deaths. Bruce Willis is probably going to be back as the guy giving them tons of trouble and random dudes to massacre.

Extra Tidbit: Director Walter Hill was rumored to be taking over HEADSHOT. He and Stallone almost worked together in the 1990s on a remake of John Woo's action classic THE KILLER.

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12:45AM on 04/11/2011
Look, I like Stallone and think he is talented. More at writing and directing then acting, but he is too full of himself.

How about you grow up and try to work with a different director and try not to make it all about you, you old steroid fueled bastard. God forbid he does a movie that's not all about him.
Look, I like Stallone and think he is talented. More at writing and directing then acting, but he is too full of himself.

How about you grow up and try to work with a different director and try not to make it all about you, you old steroid fueled bastard. God forbid he does a movie that's not all about him.
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9:55AM on 04/11/2011
Really? He's full of himself and immature because he chooses to direct many of his own films? Did it ever occur to you that maybe they he couldn't find a director who shared his vision of the film? Maybe the various directors he met with wanted to make it overly stylized or even water it down to PG-13. Did you ever think of that? Another thing--this is something I am extremely sick of--HGH is not steroids! Two entirely different things. Why is everyone so ignorant when it comes to this subject?
Really? He's full of himself and immature because he chooses to direct many of his own films? Did it ever occur to you that maybe they he couldn't find a director who shared his vision of the film? Maybe the various directors he met with wanted to make it overly stylized or even water it down to PG-13. Did you ever think of that? Another thing--this is something I am extremely sick of--HGH is not steroids! Two entirely different things. Why is everyone so ignorant when it comes to this subject?
4:05PM on 04/10/2011
The First one was so good. Fast paced action is where it's at. If you want slow action that will be awful, keep praying for a Daron Aronofski wolverine.
The First one was so good. Fast paced action is where it's at. If you want slow action that will be awful, keep praying for a Daron Aronofski wolverine.
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5:43PM on 04/10/2011
Exactly, and it's action with balls! No watered down, prissy, PG-13 bullshit.
Exactly, and it's action with balls! No watered down, prissy, PG-13 bullshit.
12:42AM on 04/11/2011
You're joking right?

Aronofsky > Stallone. Easily.
You're joking right?

Aronofsky > Stallone. Easily.
7:14AM on 04/10/2011
The first one sucked, and so will this one.
The first one sucked, and so will this one.
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10:50PM on 04/09/2011
Sly needs to lay off on the shaky cam and quick editing. Bringing the film back to a more grounded (stable), and realistic style of shooting action, similar to the 80's classics we all know and love. Look at the films of John McTiernan, where suspense and tension is created through good editing and a story the audience is invested in, where the action sequences are actually fucking visible to the audience.
Sly needs to lay off on the shaky cam and quick editing. Bringing the film back to a more grounded (stable), and realistic style of shooting action, similar to the 80's classics we all know and love. Look at the films of John McTiernan, where suspense and tension is created through good editing and a story the audience is invested in, where the action sequences are actually fucking visible to the audience.
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12:35AM on 04/10/2011
you know that's apparently the biggest complaint about the first one, but I didn't really have a huge problem with it... well ASIDE from the Jet/Dolph fight which I felt there was too much shaky...

However Sly as a director really takes what the fans say into account and seeing as that's the big complaint on the first one, he'll more than likely do something to address it!
you know that's apparently the biggest complaint about the first one, but I didn't really have a huge problem with it... well ASIDE from the Jet/Dolph fight which I felt there was too much shaky...

However Sly as a director really takes what the fans say into account and seeing as that's the big complaint on the first one, he'll more than likely do something to address it!
6:21PM on 04/09/2011
awesome! i am so glad this got fast tracked. The first one was ever action lover's dream and i know the sequel will not dissapoint. Now that arnie is free they could even have his dream team vs. sly's. Cannot wait!
awesome! i am so glad this got fast tracked. The first one was ever action lover's dream and i know the sequel will not dissapoint. Now that arnie is free they could even have his dream team vs. sly's. Cannot wait!
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6:08PM on 04/09/2011

Director Sly Yes!

If you listen to his commentaries and PIP on Blu-ray you see his the only one for the job. Hopefully he can make this a trilogy. Get everyone in there!
If you listen to his commentaries and PIP on Blu-ray you see his the only one for the job. Hopefully he can make this a trilogy. Get everyone in there!
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5:01PM on 04/09/2011

TAKE SOME CUES

from Roland Emmerich, Sly.

Come on, how can you guys say you wouldn't want to see The Expendables go around the world and blow bad guys up on mount everest, the eiffel tower, the statue of liberty? And in the process maybe accidentally blow a bunch of landmarks up.
from Roland Emmerich, Sly.

Come on, how can you guys say you wouldn't want to see The Expendables go around the world and blow bad guys up on mount everest, the eiffel tower, the statue of liberty? And in the process maybe accidentally blow a bunch of landmarks up.
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4:32PM on 04/09/2011
More Jet Li, more Dolph and less Statham.
More Jet Li, more Dolph and less Statham.
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4:29PM on 04/09/2011
Hell Yes!!! I want Bas Rutten in the sequel. Watching him and Randy Couture fight would be fuckin' awesome!!!!
Hell Yes!!! I want Bas Rutten in the sequel. Watching him and Randy Couture fight would be fuckin' awesome!!!!
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4:02PM on 04/09/2011
This is pretty cool! Let the rumors fly on who will be in this one. I hope Sly asks Jean Claude again, and this time I hope he doesn't screw it up and just says yes!
This is pretty cool! Let the rumors fly on who will be in this one. I hope Sly asks Jean Claude again, and this time I hope he doesn't screw it up and just says yes!
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2:35PM on 04/09/2011
First one fantastic what we all wanna see is SHIT BLOWN UP loads
First one fantastic what we all wanna see is SHIT BLOWN UP loads
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11:37AM on 04/09/2011

Jean Claude will be in the sequel....

....after he takes a shower.
....after he takes a shower.
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10:16AM on 04/09/2011
I mean, why not?
I mean, why not?
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9:37AM on 04/09/2011
Really enjoyed the first one so, I'm in for this big time.
Really enjoyed the first one so, I'm in for this big time.
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9:36AM on 04/09/2011

Awesome!

I loved the first one. It wasn't deep, but who was expecting it to be? It was just a blood-pumping brawl with awesome combat, explosions, and one-liners.

My biggest gripe is that they made Jet Li look like weaksauce. He took on that huge boxer dude in Kiss of the Dragon, as well as those two gigantic blonde twins with those lightning kicks. He can take on Dolph Lundgren.
I loved the first one. It wasn't deep, but who was expecting it to be? It was just a blood-pumping brawl with awesome combat, explosions, and one-liners.

My biggest gripe is that they made Jet Li look like weaksauce. He took on that huge boxer dude in Kiss of the Dragon, as well as those two gigantic blonde twins with those lightning kicks. He can take on Dolph Lundgren.
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5:23AM on 04/09/2011
Hell why not just have Walter Hill direct this movie instead or at least an old school action director..either way im looking forward to the expendables 2, the 1st movie was a blast.
Hell why not just have Walter Hill direct this movie instead or at least an old school action director..either way im looking forward to the expendables 2, the 1st movie was a blast.
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4:39AM on 04/09/2011
It's nice to see Sly's reuniting with his favorite director.
It's nice to see Sly's reuniting with his favorite director.
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3:12AM on 04/09/2011

Dang

I'm tired just reading about him doing that. Hey Sly, Kudos! just don't die of exhaustion big guy.
I'm tired just reading about him doing that. Hey Sly, Kudos! just don't die of exhaustion big guy.
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3:06AM on 04/09/2011
WARNING SHOT! Dolph Lundgren was my favorite character in the first. Hopefully he'll be in the second with a more impactful role.
WARNING SHOT! Dolph Lundgren was my favorite character in the first. Hopefully he'll be in the second with a more impactful role.
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2:31AM on 04/09/2011
Bring it on, Sly!
Bring it on, Sly!
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1:54AM on 04/09/2011
Im hoping for Tony Jaa to show up to fight Jet Li
Im hoping for Tony Jaa to show up to fight Jet Li
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1:22AM on 04/09/2011
I really enjoyed the first one, so I'll see this.
I really enjoyed the first one, so I'll see this.
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1:19AM on 04/09/2011
Although it would work either way--Stallone directing it himself or someone else stepping in--at least we know it will have balls and won't be watered down. He always takes a certain amount of criticism into account, so I wouldn't count on it being a repeat of the first film. I honestly didn't really find the "shaky cam" effect to be particularly intrusive, but that's kind of a common complaint about the first one and I'm sure Sly will put less of that in the second film. In any case, I'm
Although it would work either way--Stallone directing it himself or someone else stepping in--at least we know it will have balls and won't be watered down. He always takes a certain amount of criticism into account, so I wouldn't count on it being a repeat of the first film. I honestly didn't really find the "shaky cam" effect to be particularly intrusive, but that's kind of a common complaint about the first one and I'm sure Sly will put less of that in the second film. In any case, I'm stoked and August of 2012 can't come soon enough (actually 2012 for movies, period, can't come soon enough).
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1:00AM on 04/09/2011
Don't care. Hated the first one. It was nothing more than a Stallone/Statham bromance while shunning the great Jet Li.
Don't care. Hated the first one. It was nothing more than a Stallone/Statham bromance while shunning the great Jet Li.
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1:49AM on 04/09/2011
what? Jet Li was fantastic in it... he literally drop kicked someones face and broke his neck.
what? Jet Li was fantastic in it... he literally drop kicked someones face and broke his neck.
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11:35PM on 04/08/2011

hmm...

would've liked to see a new director but was afraid that he might make it too different and/or not even be as good as Sly, so I'm happy he's back. More than anything though what matters is not the director but the story, the places it goes and the twists and chances it takes... and especially the set up for the action scenes.

THANKFULLY they've got two whole new writers to bring something fresh to the table. They haven't really tested theirselves in the action world, but maybe that's a good
would've liked to see a new director but was afraid that he might make it too different and/or not even be as good as Sly, so I'm happy he's back. More than anything though what matters is not the director but the story, the places it goes and the twists and chances it takes... and especially the set up for the action scenes.

THANKFULLY they've got two whole new writers to bring something fresh to the table. They haven't really tested theirselves in the action world, but maybe that's a good thing.

BRING ON EXPENDABLES 2!
SEMPER FI-GHT!
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