The Expendables 3 Official Synopsis Goes Old & New School

expendables 2 stallon crews stathamWanna know what’s really up with The Expendables 3? Check out the official press release from LionsGate and Millennium Films:



Lionsgate Will Distribute Action Thriller on August 15, 2014 in North America and the UK

SANTA MONICA, CA (August 19, 2013) – Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF) and Millennium Films will begin principal photography today on THE EXPENDABLES 3, the third installment of THE EXPENDABLES action-thriller franchise, with production shooting on location in Bulgaria and at Nu Boyana Studios in Sofia.

THE EXPENDABLES 3 will feature Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Terry Crews and Arnold Schwarzenegger returning to their roles in the first two films with Wesley Snipes, Antonio Banderas, Mel Gibson and Harrison Ford joining the all-star cast along with Kellan Lutz, MMA star Ronda Rousey, welterweight boxing champion Victor Ortiz and Glen Powell.

Patrick Hughes (RED HILL) will direct the film, with veteran Dan Bradley (The BOURNE franchise; MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: GHOST PROTOCOL, QUANTUM OF SOLACE) directing the second unit.  THE EXPENDABLES 3 is written by Creighton Rothenberger & Katrin Benedikt, who previously teamed on OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN, and Sylvester Stallone. Avi Lerner, Kevin King-Templeton, Danny Lerner and Les Weldon are producing THE EXPENDABLES 3.  Trevor Short, Boaz Davidson and John Thompson are executive producing. Lionsgate will release THE EXPENDABLES 3 in North America and the UK on August 15, 2014.

In THE EXPENDABLES 3, Barney (Stallone), Christmas (Statham) and the rest of the team comes face-to-face with Conrad Stonebanks (Gibson), who years ago co-founded The Expendables with Barney. Stonebanks subsequently became a ruthless arms trader and someone who Barney was forced to kill… or so he thought. Stonebanks, who eluded death once before, now is making it his mission to end The Expendables — but Barney has other plans. Barney decides that he has to fight old blood with new blood, and brings in a new era of Expendables team members, recruiting individuals who are younger, faster and more tech-savvy. The latest mission becomes a clash of classic old-school style versus high-tech expertise in the Expendables’ most personal battle yet.

The production will be overseen by Lionsgate’s Jason Constantine and Eda Kowan.

The first two installments of THE EXPENDABLES have grossed nearly $600 million in combined global box office.

It’s cool to finally have a story for the second sequel in the franchise. Note that a few names have been left out of the release like Jackie Chan, Nic Cage, Milla Jovovich and Mickey Rourke. It’s possible those roles just couldn’t be worked out or that they’re being held in reserve for a later announcement.

[via Collider]

Olympic Judo Medalist Ronda Rousey Circling Fast & Furious 7

ronda rousey UFC fighter Ronda Rousey’s becoming as popular in the movie world as she is in mixed martial arts. In addition to joining The Expendables 3, Rousey is also likely to appear in Fast & Furious 7, Variety reports. Rousey, also a Judo Bronze Medal winner at the 2008 Olympics, is the first new name added to the franchise’s roster, though regulars like Paul Walker, Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson are expected to return.  Rousey follows in the footsteps of fellow MMA fighter-turned-Fast & Furious actress Gina Currano who joined the serious with Fast & Furious 6.

The contracts haven’t been finalized yet, but Rousey’s not the only newcomer to the franchise. Director James Wan is set to replace Justin Lin who helmed the previous four Fast & Furious flicks. Wan’s career has been mainly horror-centric with hits like Saw, Insidious and The Conjuring which is scaring the crap out of people in theaters as we type.

Universal hasn’t released any information about the actual plot of Fast & Furious 7, though it’s expected to return to Cali. At this point, the plan is for Rousey to shoot both films back to back this fall which would still give her the 45 days of straight-ahead training she needs for her next fight in December.