The Expendables (franchise)
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|Based on||Characters created|
by David Callaham
|Box office||$804.1 million|
The Expendables is an American ensemble action thriller franchise spanning a film series and additional media, written by and starring Sylvester Stallone and originally created by David Callaham. The film series itself was created to pay homage to the blockbuster action films of the 1980s and '90s and also pays gratitude to the action stars of those decades, as well as more recent stars in action. The series consists of three films: The Expendables (2010), The Expendables 2 (2012) and The Expendables 3 (2014), with a fourth film scheduled to be released in the future. The series has received mixed critical reception, in regard to its plots and dialogue between the characters; however, many critics praised the use of humor and action scenes. The films have been box office successes.
- 1 Films
- 2 Principal cast and characters
- 3 Additional crew and production details
- 4 Reception
- 5 Other media
- 6 References
- 7 External links
|Film||U.S. release date||Director||Screenwriter(s)||Story by||Producer(s)|
|The Expendables||August 13, 2010||Sylvester Stallone||David Callaham and Sylvester Stallone||David Callaham||Avi Lerner, John Thompson and Kevin King-Templeton|
|The Expendables 2||August 17, 2012||Simon West||Sylvester Stallone and Richard Wenk||David Agosto, Ken Kaufman and Richard Wenk||Avi Lerner, Danny Lerner, Kevin King Templeton and Les Weldon|
|The Expendables 3||August 15, 2014||Patrick Hughes||Sylvester Stallone, Creighton Rothenberger and Katrin Benedikt||Sylvester Stallone||Avi Lerner, Danny Lerner, Kevin King-Templeton, Les Weldon and John Thompson|
|The Expendables 4||TBA||TBA||Gregory Poirier and Sylvester Stallone||Avi Lerner and Sylvester Stallone|
|The ExpendaBelles||TBA||Robert Luketic||Karen McCullah and Kirsten Smith||Avi Lerner, Mark Gill, Julie Kroll, Boaz Davidson and Kevin King|
The Expendables (2010)
The Expendables, a group of elite mercenaries who carry out all sorts of missions, ranging from assassination to rescue, are deployed to a South American island, Vilena, to overthrow a Latin American dictator, General Garza, who is interfering with the plans of a group of "people" led by a man known only as Mr. Church. However, the team leader, Barney Ross, soon realises that Garza is merely a puppet being controlled by a ruthless rogue CIA officer, James Monroe, who is Mr. Church's real target.
The Expendables 2 (2012)
A while after the first film, the Expendables accept another mission from Mr. Church to make up for losses caused by the mission in Vilena, but they end up in a conflict with a rival mercenary group, the Sangs, and their newest and youngest member is murdered by their leader, Jean Vilain. Ross swears vengeance on Vilain for his protegé's death and starts to track him down, in the process learning that Villain threatens the world with five tons of weapons grade plutonium he intends to excavate from an abandoned Soviet mine and sell to the highest bidder.
The Expendables 3 (2014)
The Expendables come face to face with the team's co-founder Conrad Stonebanks. Ross was forced to kill Stonebanks after he became a ruthless arms trader, but Stonebanks survived and has now made it his mission to destroy The Expendables. Ross resorts to recruiting a new and younger generation of Expendables to help the team overcome his old adversary.
The Expendables 4 (TBA)
In March 2014, Pierce Brosnan stated that he had agreed with Avi Lerner to star in an Expendables film, but added that he was not sure which one he would appear in, saying "I have no idea which one it would be, I just said yes.". Stallone revealed his first choice for the villain was Jack Nicholson. The Expendables 4 will retain the R-rating. In December 2016, Stallone announced in an interview that the fourth installment will be the last in the series and was originally set for a 2018 release date. In March 2017, it was announced Stallone would be leaving the franchise due to disagreements over the script and direction of the franchise. In April 2017, supporting star Arnold Schwarzenegger said he will not be returning for the fourth film without Stallone. After Avi Lerner threatened Terry Crews over his sexual assault lawsuit against Adam Venit, Terry Crews chose not to star in the film.
By January 2018, Stallone announced the development of another Expendables movie on his social media page, confirming his return to the film series. Randy Couture confirmed his involvement, in August of 2018. The film was announced to begin production by April 2019, though in July of the same year Stallone announced he was beginning to work on the project.
The ExpendaBelles (TBA)
In October 2012, Millennium Films, announced plans for an all-female version of the film titled The ExpendaBelles. The spin-off film will reportedly be co-written by Karen McCullah and Kirsten Smith, while Avi Lerner, Mark Gill, Julie Kroll, Boaz Davidson, and Kevin King will serve as producers. The film will be a joint production between Millennium Films, Eclectic Pictures, and Summertime Entertainment.
By the following year, Lerner was negotiating with actresses Meryl Streep, Cameron Diaz and Milla Jovovich to star in the film. In February 2014, Deadline reported that Robert Luketic was signed on to the project as director, while Stallone has stated that he is not involved with the spin-off. The logline of the film was released by the studio, as:
The Expendables universe has a new team. An elite group of highly trained female mercenaries are brought together for a covert hostage rescue mission. Once they are behind enemy lines, the women discover that they will also need to topple an evil dictator bent on world domination. It becomes clear there is no such thing as the right man for the job. The Expendabelles is the ultimate story of female empowerment and kick-ass teamwork.
Principal cast and characters
|Character||Released films||Upcoming films|
|The Expendables||The Expendables 2||The Expendables 3||The Expendables 4||The ExpendaBelles|
|Barney Ross||Sylvester Stallone|
|Trent "Trench" Mauser||Arnold Schwarzenegger|
|Lee Christmas||Jason Statham|
|Toll Road||Randy Couture|
|Yin Yang||Jet Li||TBD|
|Gunner Jensen||Dolph Lundgren||TBD|
|Hale Caesar||Terry Crews|
|Mr. Church||Bruce Willis|
|Tool Ross||Mickey Rourke|
|Sandra Garza||Giselle Itié|
|James Munroe||Eric Roberts|
|Dan Paine||Steve Austin|
|Billy "The Kid" Timmons||Liam Hemsworth|
|Maggie Chan||Yu Nan|
|Jean Vilain||Jean-Claude Van Damme|
|Conrad Stonebanks||Mel Gibson|
|Max Drummer||Harrison Ford||TBD|
|Doctor Death||Wesley Snipes||TBD|
|John Smilee||Kellan Lutz||TBD|
Additional crew and production details
|Running time||MPAA rating|
|The Expendables||Brian Tyler||Jeffrey Kimball||Ken Blackwell and Paul Harb||Millennium Films
|The Expendables 2||Shelly Johnson||Todd E. Miller||103 minutes|
|The Expendables 3||Peter Menzies, Jr.||Sean Albertson & Paul Harb||Millennium Films
|The Expendables 4||TBA||TBA||TBA||Millennium Films
|The ExpendaBelles||TBA||TBA||TBA||Millennium Films
Box office performance
|Film||Release date||Box office gross||Rank||Budget|
|North America||Other territories||Worldwide||All time domestic||All time worldwide|
|The Expendables||August 13, 2010||$103,068,524||$171,401,870||$274,470,394||636||473||$80 million|
|The Expendables 2||August 17, 2012||$85,028,192||$229,947,763||$314,975,955||835||391||$100 million|
|The Expendables 3||August 15, 2014||$39,322,544||$175,335,033||$214,657,577||2,033||655||$90 million|
Critical and public reaction
|The Expendables||42% (203 reviews)||45 (35 reviews)||B+|
|The Expendables 2||67% (130 reviews)||51 (28 reviews)||A-|
|The Expendables 3||32% (167 reviews)||35 (35 reviews)||A-|
The Expendables received mixed reviews from critics. On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes the film has a 42% approval rating based on reviews from 203 critics, with an average rating of 5.28/10. "The website's consensus states: It makes good on the old-school action it promises, but given all the talent on display, The Expendables should hit harder." On Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from critics, the film has received a mean score of 45, based on 35 reviews. CinemaScore polls reflect solid audience approval with a B+ average grade.
The Expendables 2 received mixed reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes the film has a 67% approval rating from 130 critics, with an average rating of 5.84/10. The website's consensus states: "Taut, violent, and suitably self-deprecating, The Expendables 2 gives classic action fans everything they can reasonably expect from a star-studded shoot-'em-up — for better and for worse." Metacritic gave it a score of 51 (out of 100) from 28 critics, indicating "mixed or average" reviews. CinemaScore polls reported that moviegoers gave the film an average grade of A– on an A+ to F scale, compared to The Expendables' B+.
The Expendables 3 received negative reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds a 32% rating based on 162 reviews with an average rating of 4.85/10. The site's consensus reads "Like its predecessors, The Expendables 3 offers a modicum of all-star thrills for old-school action thriller aficionados — but given all the talent assembled, it should have been a lot more fun". On Metacritic, the film has a score of 35 out of 100 based on reviews from 35 critics.
The Expendables will receive a small screen installment in the form of an event series currently in development, a joint-production between CBS Television Studios and Lionsgate Television. Shane Brennan has signed onto the series as creator, producer and showrunner. Stallone is executive producing alongside Brennan, and the films’ producer Avi Lerner. Originally slated to air on Fox network, the series is being shopped around to other networks and streaming services.
The Expendables 2 Videogame is a downloadable four-player cooperative shoot 'em up video game. It was published by Ubisoft for PC, PlayStation Network (PSN) and Xbox Live Arcade (XBLA) and released on July 31, 2012 for PSN and August 20 for PC (via Steam) and XBLA. The game's plot is a prequel to The Expendables 2, with Barney Ross, Gunner Jensen, Yin Yang and Hale Caesar appearing as playable characters. Lundgren and Crews voiced their respective characters. According to review aggregates Metacritic and GameRankings, the game received generally negative reviews.
The Expendables 2: Deploy & Destroy is a single-player tower defense, real-time strategy online game. Published by Roadshow Films and Soap Creative, the game was released on July 13, 2012. Its plot was derived from village scenes in the film, where players can choose their squad from the cast, set up defenses and battle the enemy.
A standalone expansion of the game Broforce was based on The Expendables 3. Entitled The Expendabros, it was released in August 2014. Later, The Expendabros expansion became free to play in order to promote The Expendables 3 and remained so until December 31.
In 2010 Chuck Dixon wrote a four-issue miniseries based on the movie The Expendables. Published by Dynamite Entertainment, the comic, titled The Expendables, featured artwork from Esteve Polls and was a prequel to the movie.
In May 2013, Original Entertainment confirmed to have sealed a five-picture deal with Millennium Films to produce Bollywood remakes of Rambo, The Expendables, 16 Blocks, 88 Minutes, and Brooklyn's Finest, with the productions for Rambo and The Expendables expected to start at the end of that year.
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