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Expendables 2 begins; Rambo V happening?

Rambo.jpgThere'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 news comes from the official site of Nu Boyana studios through FilmNewEurope and JoBlo, and carries the following blurb:

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.

So, let's get to the other surprising news. The studio site which lists The Expandables 2 on its production slate, also has two interesting films coming up, Kane & Lynch and Rambo V.

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.



Hurray for a decently budgeted movie starring Van Damme!

After watching Nowhere to Run a few days ago, out of pure nostalgia, I realized how much I miss the "knuckles to the face, kicks to the back of the head" movies of yore(Yes that's how we call them where I come from).

I do have an unbridled appreciation for Asian martial arts movies like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Heroes, Fist of Legend, Once Upon a Time in China and even for the more "brawlish", gun toting stuff that John Woo did back in China but I grew up with those Hollywood high kick action heroes. The 80s/90s martial artist action hero type.

I really am saddened that nobody seems to have taken up the mantle of Van Damme, Bruce Lee(no he wasn't an 80s Hollywood action hero but his legacy is very much omnipresent in that genre) and even Chuck Norris and Steven Seagal to some degree. You could argue that Jackie Chan and Jet Li are the "rightful heirs" but (while I have tremendous respect and admiration for both and am a fan of many if not most of their movies) Jackie Chan doesn't seem to be interested in martial arts/brawl movies anymore and was always a bit too lenient on the comedy for my taste while Jet Li never had the charisma and style/originality to really become a legend.

At the risk of repeating myself I adore those two actors and rabidly watch any new movie that come out with their name on it. Maybe how I feel is more a result of the decline of those "knuckles to the face, kicks to the back of the head" movies that I cherish...

On the subject of The Expendables 2 I find the overall plot a bit lackluster and rather reminiscent of the original, as you pointed out Richard, but I can't help but get excited at the surprises the movie might have in store with all those names! Call me naive.

PS: Well look at me ramble once again lol

No ramble, well appreciated commentary!

I agree, I love the old eighties action films and heroes and we are missing them, no one really has managed to replace the action stars of back then, some have come close but they've just not managed to secure that status.

I think the issue is that cinema has moved on and there's no one wanting to be pigeon holed in that way anymore, actors want to move on as do the creatives behind them and the studio executives.

I really doubt we'll see something like that again for a long time, actors will want to diversify and studios are keen to make films where the money is, and the only real two areas where we the same genre coming through again and again are American comedies and romances.

I do like the fact that the Expendables recaptures those films a little and gives us hope that they all might return again.

Yeah you make a pretty good point and I wish someone could come around, evolve the genre and somehow revive it. Save it from the straight to DVD hell that has claimed most of my childhood heroes. Expendables is a good start but its more of a love letter to a bygone era and I feel that Sly being the driving force behind it that as soon as he stops for one reason or another, it'll be the end of it.

On a semi-unrelated note; why the hell Keanu Reeves stopped making action movies after The Matrix and when is that Cowboy Bebop movie coming out!!?(I don't really expect you to come up with an answer Richard, I just felt like asking it out loud... and so I wrote it which was the next best option lol)

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