An ensemble action-thriller franchise The Expandables is returning for the first time after the original trilogy concluded back in 2014.
The original movie The Expendables was released in 2010 starring Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Eric Roberts, etc. It was followed by two sequels in 2012 and 2014. And now, the fourth movie is finally in production with Stallone, Statham, and Lundgren making a return with an additional new cast; Eddie Hall, 50 Cent, Megan Fox, Tony Jaa, Andy García, Sheila Shah, Jacob Scipio, Levy Tran, and Iko Uwais as the main villain.
Jason Statham recently posted on his Instagram account a series of behind the scenes images featuring a co-star Iko Uwais:
Scott Waugh is directing the movie from the script written by Spenser Cohen, Max Adams, and John Joseph Connolly. Jason Statham is also a producer on the project. The movie is set to be released next year by Lionsgate.
The Expendables 4 won’t be the last we’re gonna see of the franchise. An untitled spin-off film (working title ‘Christmas story’) centered on Statham’s character Lee Christmas is also in development with D.J. Caruso set to direct from the script written by Max Adams. Sylvester Stallone also confirmed his involvement on the project.
Although it wasn’t always a critical success, The Expendables franchise was a commercial success. The original trilogy grossed $790 million in total worldwide.