Sylvester Stallone‘s current writing/directing/acting project The Expendables is quickly shaping up to be one of the greatest action movies of all time. Indeed apart from Stallone, the film already stars Jason Statham (the Transporter movies) and Jet Li (The Mummy: Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor), and now Dolph Lundgren has joined the cast, reuniting with Stallone 23 years after their epic boxing match in Rocky IV.
The casting was announced by Stallone at the premiere of Transporter 3 in Las Vegas. Lundgren was actually Stallone’s second choice, but Jean-Claude Van Damme (who co-starred with Lundgren in Universal Soldier) turned down the offer, saying he wanted to take his career in another direction. Arnold Schwarzenegger (the Terminator films) has also been offered a part as has Forest Whitaker (Street Kings).
Set in South America, the film will follow a group of mercenaries that take dangerous jobs that no one else will as they attempt to overthrow a dictator and the opening scene reportedly features Statham’s character eliminating a Mexican drug lord while dressed as a homosexual. The Expendables should start filming early next year in Louisiana and Costa Rica for a 2010 release.
This will of course not be Stallone’s first stab at directing. The man has indeed plenty of experience behind the camera, having written or co-written most of his films and directed quite a few of them (including the last Rambo film and four of the Rocky movies). Stallone has talent there is no doubt, and a lot of people seem to forget that his screenplay for the first Rocky was Oscar-nominated.
A man truly responsible for his own success, the underrated and multitalented Sylvester Stallone exploded onto the scene in 1976 with the multi Oscar-winning Rocky (people tend to forget that) and quickly became one of the highest paid actors in Hollywood. As the eighties drew to a close however, his star was seriously dampened by a couple of failed comedic attempts and his career was in jeopardy. Luckily for him, his 1993 “action comeback” Cliffhanger was a huge success, almost quadrupling its budget worldwide. Mere months later, Demolition Man was released.
In the then future year of 1996, Los Angeles is being terrorized by sadistic criminal Simon Phoenix, but when tough violent cop John Spartan finally apprehends him they are both sentenced to many years of being cryonically frozen as Spartan is believed to be guily of involuntary manslaughter. When Phoenix somehow escapes in 2032, the seemingly utopian society of the time aren’t capable of dealing with him and decide to unfreeze Spartan.
Demolition Man marks the directing debut for Canadian filmmaker Marco Brambilla (Dinotopia) and was written by Peter M. Lenkov (13 episodes of CSI: NY), Robert Reneau (Action Jackson) and Daniel Waters (Sex And Death 101). In addition to Stallone, the film stars Wesley Snipes (The Art Of War I & II), Sandra Bullock (Premonition), Benjamin Bratt (The Andromeda Strain), Nigel Hawthorne (The Winslow Boy), former wrestler Jesse Ventura (Batman & Robin) as well as Rob Schneider (You Don’t Mess With The Zohan) and Jack Black (Tropic Thunder) in early roles. The film takes its title from The Police’s eponymous song which is featured during the end credits. Trailer and review after the jump Continue reading →