Expendables 2 begins; Rambo V happening?
There's a little snippet in the story about The Expendables 2 starting filming in Bulgaria under the direction of Simon West that surprised me, a reveal that Rambo V is indeed on the studio's filming schedule along with the Kane & Lynch film.
Now there are a couple of issues I have with that which I'll get to, but the main crux of the story about The Expendables 2 filming also has a plot for the film that sounds a little bit daft.
First up let's look at the news that The Expendables 2 is starting filming in Bulgaria. Simon West is directing and so far we know that the cast includes Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, John Travolta, Chuck Norris, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Mickey Rourke, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, and Bruce Willis.
That's one hell of a line-up, and the addition of John Travolta and Chuck Norris is great, but I'm still not sure if we're going to see more of Arnie. Still, it's a good one because we may just get to see more of Willis in action, and seeing Travolta and Norris join the crew is exciting.
You do know that this is being set-up for potentially more films. Rather than get all the remaining big names that people have banded around into the sequel, they've plucked a couple and kept the core of the film as the first, retaining what audiences went for in the first place.
I think that's really clever, and it suggests that there could be a third film with a couple of other names cherry picked into the hat, and there's a few more after that. This does have the potential to keep going as long as the older stars can keep moving.
The Expendables are back and this time it's personal! After Tool, the heart and soul of the Expendables, is brutally murdered on a mission, his comrades swear to avenge him. They're not the only ones who want blood. Tool's beautiful young and wild daughter Fiona embarks on her own revenge mission, complicating matters when she is captured and ransomed by a ruthless dictator plotting to destroy a resistance movement. Now Barney and the Expendables must risk everything to save her and humanity.
Save humanity? Wow, that's a hell of a leap. Perhaps he has chemical, biological or nuclear weapons and is risking more than just his own people? There's a lot of similarity to the original story in there which I find a little disappointing, but there's enough scope to do a lot of different things. Whatever happens we'll have the team in action again with a few new, and surprising faces.
Last I heard Kane & Lynch was finished after the latest director dropped off the project, and I don't think I heard anything about a new director getting back on board.
As for Rambo V well the stories have been all over the place and there's really nothing that concrete, Stallone has been in and out, the story has been about a genetically engineered soldier, then an alien.
This may just be a placeholder, it might be a throwback to when the Rambo V talk was all happening, or it might be that Stallone has decided to press ahead with the film and get it made. We'll have to wait and see what does come out of it. For now, treat it as a rumour.