The Expendables is something that’s always better as a trailer and an idea than as a movie, and with The Expendables 3 premiering in London this week, we get to experience the best part of The Expendables: Sly telling the press about his ideas for future Expendables movies. The idea for a female spinoff, an “Expendabelles” (oy) has been floating around for a while now, with producer Avi Lerner saying he wanted Meryl Streep for it back in October. No word on the status of those talks, but now they’ve thrown Sigourney Weaver’s name into the mix. Better take your phone off the hook now, Linda Hamilton.
Lerner — who has produced all three films in the kitschy action-homage franchise — revealed new plans for his all-female spinoff, The Expendabelles. “We’re going to do it at the beginning of next year,” he said. “We are writing the final lines of the script, we’ve got lots of ideas about who is going to be in it.”
The only potential castmember named was Sigourney Weaver, whom Stallone said he would love to see lead The Expendabelles as his onscreen wife.
“With The Expendabelles we’ve got a situation where we’re in unchartered waters. Do we put all women actresses together, would that really work?”
“…Maybe their periods could synchronize, ayo, I’m just spit ballin ovah heah, you know how broads are.”
“Or do we have some women who are actually really known to be tough fighters,” he said, hinting that the plot could see Weaver get half The Expendables team as part of a messy divorce. “So she’d get the house, the kids and my mercenaries!” [THR]
I enjoy that Avi Lerner says they’re “writing the final lines of the script” while Stallone is standing right next to him still discussing possible outlines for the premise. I think maybe Avi Lerner means they’re cutting up the final lines that will inspire the story before someone types up the “script” the day before they start shooting.
Hollywood is so awesomely confused that they keep hearing “we need more roles for women!” and they’ve somehow interpreted that to mean “we need a lady Spider-Man and The Expendables!” Hmm, is that really the equality we were shooting for? It’s like giving your little brother your hand-me-down clothes and going “See? He dresses cool too!”