The Expendables

We’ve heard about possible sequels to Sylvester Stallone‘s The Expendables for over a year. Last July, producer Avi Lerner said, “We already have got some ideas about Expendables No. 2, No. 3. Definitely, it’s a franchise movie.”

The film is opening this week, and if the rather expensive picture ($80m without factoring in prints and advertising) does well — not a given thanks to the R rating and competition from films like Scott Pilgrim — then Stallone is already developing an idea that would power a sequel. Providing financing comes through, that is. Read More »

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No more monster, señor. Back in September, /Film connected the dots between the creature feature aspect of Sylvester Stallone‘s Rambo 5 and his rights to the sci-fi thriller novel, Hunter, by James Huggins. As one might expect, the idea of John Rambo tracking and being tracked by a genetically engineered “abomination” in snow country split fans like a coconut.

As a premise, it fell in line with Stallone’s previous statements about a new genre direction for the franchise, and the promo art above was even released to tease this aspect. Well, today the action legend confirmed that he’s scrapped the idea for the sequel and reserved it for a separate film outside the franchise. So, where will Rambo go next, and more importantly, who as opposed to what will he bludgeon? In his words: “There will be blood.”

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Viggo Mortensen in Stallone’s Poe?

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CinemaBlend received an unconfirmed scoop that Sylvester Stallone has met with Viggo Mortensen and has offered him the role of Edgar Allan Poe in his upcoming biopic, Poe. According to the source, Mortensen is considering the role although he wants some slight revisions in the script. The film which is scheduled to go into production next year, chronicles the life of the legendary American writer, from his famous works and bouts with madness and depression, to his mysterious death in 1849. Mortensen is a talented actor and certainly an interesting choice.

Robert Downey, Jr. was once in talks to play the famous poet. Many people have suggested Johnny Depp for the role of Poe, but Depp is older now than Poe was when he died. Milo Ventimiglia has also been rumored for the role, and even has a Stallone connection, having played Rocky’s son in Rocky Balboa.

Stallone plans to direct the film based on a script he also wrote.

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