The “all-female” cast idea continues to be quite the cause of celebration and controversy in Hollywood, and the pending box office success of Paul Feig’s GhostbustHers will probably only provide more encouragement. In addition to Melissa McCarthy and co. saving New York City from the undead again, Sandra Bullock is leading an all-female remake of Ocean’s Eleven and we’ve been waiting patiently for more details about the rumored all-female spin-off of The Expendables, known as The Expendabelles. Or at least that’s what very clever people have been calling it.
Details on that project have been scarce these days, but Deadline delivered an interesting grenade of knowledge on Wednesday with the revelation that Sylvester Stallone not only has nothing to do with Expendabelles, but really wants everyone to know he’s not involved, despite previous reports.
Stallone wants it known that he isn’t in any way participating in an all-female cast offshoot of Expendables and that he has absolutely no future plans to be associated with the long-planned film.
We get it, Sly, yours is a very particular and testosterone-driven brand of ‘80s action movie nostalgia that only has room for one female badass. What’s really interesting, though, is that while Expendabelles, being written by Karen McCullah and Kirsten Smith (yes, the duo behind 10 Things I Hate About You, Legally Blonde, and She’s the Man), drags its feet to production, the idea has already been hijacked and released as Mercenaries, starring a pretty strong crew of female action movie badasses.
And it’s going to be very tough to top this kind of ridiculous action, especially when it’s coming from the geniuses at The Asylum.