|The Expendables 3|
|Directed by||Patrick Hughes|
|Starring|| Sylvester Stallone|
|Release date(s)||August 15, 2014|
|Preceded by||The Expendables 2|
|Followed by||The Expendables 4|
The Expendables 3 is an upcoming action film directed by Patrick Hughes and is a sequel to the 2012 film, The Expendables 2 and it is the third and final installment of the trilogy.
In March 2012, Couture stated that a third installment of The Expendables could enter production in late 2012, following the release of The Expendables 2. In April 2012, Steven Seagal said that he had been offered a role in a third film. Producer Avi Lerner also stated that the producers were intending to bring back the series' current stars, attempting to have Rourke reprise his role, had already approached Clint Eastwood about a role, and had plans to pursue Harrison Ford and to approach Wesley Snipes following his release from prison. Stallone said: "We are thinking about different concepts – the third one is the hardest. The second is the natural progression. The third, that’s when the air gets rare. We’re thinking ambitiously about it... You now have to give audiences something they don’t expect at all – maybe even going into a different genre. Stallone confirmed on April 2013 that indie filmmaker Patrick Hughes would direct the second sequel. On May 22, Stallone confirmed he needed a "Young Sigourney Weaver" and after passing on Milla Jovovich, started eying other MMA talent Ronda Rousey.
On October 22, Stallone announced via Twitter that the film had been fully completed and applauded castmembers Grammer, Snipes, Banderas and Ford.
Barney (Stallone), Christmas (Statham) and the rest of the team comes face-to-face with Conrad Stonebanks (Gibson), who years ago co-founded The Expendables with Barney. Stonebanks subsequently became a ruthless arms trader and someone who Barney was forced to kill… or so he thought. Stonebanks, who eluded death once before, now is making it his mission to end The Expendables -- but Barney has other plans. Barney decides that he has to fight old blood with new blood, and brings in a new era of Expendables team members, recruiting individuals who are younger, faster and more tech-savvy. The latest mission becomes a clash of classic old-school style versus high-tech expertise in the Expendables’ most personal battle yet.
In the beginning of the film on a plane, one of them asks their new member how come he was in prison, he said, "Tax evasion". Stop at 17:15.
The huge airline hangar is filled with burnt wreckage, old communist computers and paramilitary corpses, none of which belong to THE EXPENDABLES. There’s STATHAM, cockney knife genius. LUNDGREN, the sniper, his gaze as icy as a Jönköping eve. The SEVEN-FOOT-TALL MMA DUDE [nationality TBD] cleans his gore-flecked Gatling gun. Meanwhile, their weathered leader STALLONE regards his bro-turned-rival SCHWARZENEGGER across a table made out of empty plutonium canisters.
So those “peace activists” were working with the Grenadian sleeper agents all along.
That’s right. And they set up all of us to take the fall—of bullets.
What are you going to do? Alert the government?
So they can kill us instead? I ain’t no fan of these crazy revolutionaries, but the CIA… also bad.
You must think you’re some kinda Rambo.
If you’re not in on our little mission, then hasta la vista, baby.
A real Tango and/or Cash.
An irritated STALLONE rises to grab SCHWARZENEGGER by the collar.
I don’t know why you came jingling all the way in here, but—
Oi, mates! Let’s not be a bunch of wankers about this.
FRASIER appears from a cargo plane, holding wine.
Carafe of Beaujolais, gentlemen?
Is that… uh…
An exquisite vintage? Certainly.
He’s an old friend.
What’s his specialty?
Aside from amateur translations of Dante, you mean?
You ever taken down a helicopter with one of those?
Oh no, I’m far too effete for all this bristling weaponry, being haughty psychiatrist Frasier Crane.
(idly massaging a rifle barrel)
Have you fellows ever considered that this whole gun thing might be a sublimated form of male insecurity?
A fallen paramilitary soldier suddenly staggers to his feet and lunges for a grenade, but STATHAM skillfully dribbles a combat knife into his gut.
SEVEN-FOOT-TALL MMA DUDE
That was rather bracing.
It’s getting too dangerous around here, Frase. We need to reactivate you again. Is the Doctor in?
Ah, please, don’t—I know certain talents of mine may prove useful to the Expendables soon, but please don’t say that word…
FRASIER shuts his eyes in some distress. When they reopen, it’s with the bedside manner of Death personified.
That was a grave thing you did just now, friend. There must be much slaughter ahead of us. Many subjects for my lithe and pitiless surgery.
You know it.
The Agency consigned me to Seattle with quite the cover story. My maimed father, our dutiful housekeeper, the radio show, that mischievous little dog. When you reawoke me I had to eliminate them all, of course.
I took no glee or joy in it. They were dispassionate professionals, and would have done the same to me.
The dog had a remote-controlled bomb inside of it.
Though I will allow that I lingered beyond reason with the one who called himself Niles. Beyond reason, but not beyond purpose. Have you never wondered how many quivering organs could be removed from a living human?
STATHAM purses his lips delicately.
(as if reviving from a stupor)
We can’t let those anthrax spores reach St. George’s, the capital of Grenada.
Are we playing the heroes now?
As long as it’s a paid performance.
Well, remember to get to the chopper. When we raid the airstrip out there, I mean.
LUNDGREN readies his sniper rifle, gazing into the sight as coolly as gravlax spread, or an Ingmar Bergman tableau. While the other EXPENDABLES get into position, FRASIER puts on a cardigan the shade of bitter dirt and sickening nights and a hole in Creation. He has no visible weapons. STALLONE gives them all a signal before opening the hangar door.
EXT. AIRSTRIP - DAY
Several hundred feet away, a dozen GRENADIAN MARXIST TERRORISTS are loading canisters onto a military cargo plane. There are many ominous-looking skull symbols on them. When the EXPENDABLES appear, they begin gesticulating wildly. Somebody’s head explodes in extreme SLOW MOTION.
Let’s show these boys the original chemical weapon: lead.
STALLONE picks off beret-wearing gunmen with his enormous assault rifle. SCHWARZENEGGER has somehow acquired a rocket launcher. STATHAM expertly tosses his nail clipper through a man’s jugular. The SEVEN-FOOT-TALL MMA DUDE is running through entire people.
SEVEN-FOOT-TALL MMA DUDE
FRASIER pauses while beating the nearest enemy soldier to death with an antique alarm clock.
At the risk of betraying my Freudian leanings, is there not beauty in annihilation?
INT. HELICOPTER GUNSHIP
Suddenly the GRENADIAN COMMANDER pops up to grab the controls of this nearby GUNSHIP, preparing to take off and mow down the exposed EXPENDABLES. Then, as if from a fold in the shadows, FRASIER appears behind him.
All flesh sings, if one knows how to listen to it. Yours is begging for the knife. “And there is hunger in the desert, and missiles in the sky, and every soul is interwoven before the wrong or right.”
The GRENADIAN COMMANDER is unable to react before FRASIER kills him horribly.
EXT. AIRSTRIP - DAY
STALLONE idly kicks at a recovered canister of weaponized smallpox while brushing brain matter off his bulletproof vest.
Looks like the Expendables are going on a Caribbean vacation. All expenses covered.
That’s good, because the last time I was there I told some friends that I’d be back.
Back in Blighty, we’d call this a typical Boxing Day, the post-Christmas holiday shared by several Commonwealth nations.
FRASIER rejoins the rest of the team, holding a meticulously reassembled human spinal column.
I believe I’ve found a replacement for poor departed Eddie. Can’t you just picture him trotting into Cafe Nervosa, presaging the fate of all life?
SEVEN-FOOT-TALL MMA DUDE
You know, that’s an interesting image. I was writing my dissertation on the use of memento mori in medieval European art, focusing on major plague outbreaks near Florence, but I had to abandon it after we got hired to track down that rogue arms dealer…
- Sylvester Stallone as Barney Ross
- Jason Statham as Lee Christmas
- Antonio Banderas as Rapido
- Jet Li as Yin Yang
- Wesley Snipes as Surgeon
- Dolph Lundgren as Gunner Jensen
- Kelsey Grammer as Bonparte
- Terry Crews as Hale Caesar
- Randy Couture as Toll Road
- Kellan Lutz as John Smilee
- Ronda Rousey as Luna
- Glen Powell as Thorn
- Victor Ortiz as Mars
- Mel Gibson as Conrad Stonebanks
- Harrison Ford as Max Drummer
- Arnold Schwarzenegger as Trench Mauser
- Robert Davi as Goran Vogner
- Natalie Burn as Kristina Stonebanks
- Sarai Givaty as Camilla
- Thomas Canestraro
- Lisbeth Olofsson as Gunner's daughter
- Main article: Expendables 3 Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
- Jason Statham said "You may see history made in the next Expendables", which may mean that the film will feature flashbacks of how the Expendables were made.
- Back in November 2013, Sylvester Stallone hinted retiring from action movies and the franchise, which may mean that the film will be the final installment, due to Barney paying his debt with Church, and Barney possibly thinking of something to honor Billy "The Kid" Timmons after his death in the prequel.
- Stonebanks may have plans to terminate the group by the order of the senators and congressman into involving the A.I.P.A.C. lobby group giving the order to C.I.A. and F.B.I. into terminating the group by fraud and interest, and by doing that, they may have Church, Booker and Maggie to be killed for making it look like they were responsible for their deaths even possibility being too powerful to control the mercenaries.
- The flashback may feature Barney, Tool, Booker, Trench, Bonparte, Rapido, Vogner and Stonebanks with CGI animation to look young.
- Christmas and Surgeon will have a knife rivalry.
- There may be a romantic connection between Smilee and Luna.
- Smilee may be born "John "Smilee" Ross", possibly hinting that he may be Barney's son.
- Barney may had become the way he was, possibly because of Stonebanks betraying the Expendables, by killing Barney's wife.
- 35 things from First Collider:
- The production shot from August 19, 2013 through the end of October. It was a 56 day shoot.
- The production has 1st and 2nd units filming all the time.
- Stallone revealed he was going to try and get Jack Nicholson to make an appearance, but “we just got there a little too late cause actually he had said he might be interested in it.” Can you imagine Nicholson in The Expendables 4?
- Stallone says the opening scene, “is the extraction of Wesley (Snipes) from the most heavily-fortified, armor-plated train via helicopter, and it’s real. So you’re going to see something that’s not CGI and is pretty extraordinary. So that’s just your opening, and we go from there to Somalia and it’s epic, it’s huge. That’s where Mel Gibson makes his entrance.”
- Dan Bradley is the second unit director. He directed second unit on the Bourne movies, Green Zone, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, Spider-Man 2 and 3, and many other films.
- Gibson and Stallone have an epic fight scene towards the end of the movie.
- Harrison Ford plays a high level officer that supervises Bruce Willis’ character. They referred to his character as a “super spook,” and he flies a helicopter.
- Kelsey Grammer plays an agent that represents mercenaries.
- The film takes place in Mogadishu, Somalia and then in fictional third world countries.
- 200 people are working on the CGI in Bulgaria at a studio facility.
- The CGI team did 1400-1700 or so shots in The Expendables 2 but they’re expecting over 2000 VFX shots in the third film.
- Stallone is very particular about what the explosions and injuries should look like when done via VFX. He’s very exact about the blood and wounds.
- The film has a very long shot that involves a big battle scene with a long camera pan. From the pre-viz that we got to see, the sequence should be around 2 minutes without a cut.
- As you might imagine with a huge cast, not everyone worked the entire production. Jet Li worked only a few days. Terry Crews worked a week and he almost couldn’t do the film due to his TV series, Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Schwarzenegger worked a little more than a week. On the first film Schwarzenegger worked half a day, and in the second he was on set for four days.
- Wesley Snipes character, Doc, is a knife guy and is at odds with Statham’s character, even though they’re on the same team.
- There is definitely a scene featuring Schwarzenegger and Ford. I’m not sure what happens in the scene, but this will be the first time the two of them will be on screen together.
- The soundstage the production was filming at was built in the 1950s. Avi Lerner and Nu Image bought the studio in 2006 and since that time has been used for films such as 300: Rise of an Empire, Hercules 3D, The Expendables 2, The Black Dahlia, and many more.
- All the fight scenes have been done with pre-viz so the actors can see how it will play out, and the team made sure to use each actors’ strengths to help craft each scene.
- Fight coordinator/stunt coordinator J.J. Perry says the action scenes in Expendables 3 are taking the first two films and “adding hot sauce and mixing them in a blender.”
- Perry said that when Wesley Snipes came in to see how his fight scene would play out, he added some moves and had a lot of ideas on how to tweak it.
- One of the stunt guys we spoke to says Expendables 3 has the most action he’s done for one movie, and he’s been involved in over 100 films.
- The film uses weapons like an A12 semi-automatic shotgun, an HK 416 (which was last seen in Zero Dark Thirty), and so many other weapons I couldn’t keep track of them.
- Antonio Banderas said he wanted to be in the film but wouldn’t play a villain. At first Stallone said he had to think about it, but he came back to him and said, “please read this and feel free to just tell me what you think about the character and if you wanna change things.” So Banderas read it, made some changes (including the character name), and Stallone accepted all of it. That’s when he signed on.
- Banderas plays a mercenary. He said, “He’s a guy who has been with a uniform in the Spanish army for a long time, in places of combat like Kosovo and Afghanistan and places like that. But something happened to him, that you will see in the movie, that takes him out of that. And so, he becomes a solitary man. Knowing the existence of the Expendables, he’s trying to approach them, by any means, but he never got the possibility. In fact, when Stallone’s character breaks up with the rest of the group, there’s the possibility to actually approach him, but he’s rejected. But, he doesn’t stop there. He keeps going and going and going and going and going, until he’s finally in the group. He shows his skills and suddenly they say, ‘We’re gonna give you an opportunity.’ That’s the way that he gets into the group. He wins his way inside the group by the actions that he does in the movie.” The film has a very long shot that involves a big battle scene with a long camera pan. From the pre-viz that we got to see, the sequence should be around 2 minutes without a cut.
- Victor Ortiz said he’s recruited in the film by Stallone and Grammer. When they find him he’s in a military camp where he’s one of the elite military soldiers.
- Ortiz says his character is named Mars and he’s a weaponry specialist. He also said his character is between a nice guy and a bully.
- Kellan Lutz plays John Smilee, the leader of the younger Expendables. The reason for the nickname is his character never smiles.
- Lutz says at the beginning of the film, the younger guys are a bit cocky and no one really likes the older Expendables. I’m guessing that changes by the end.
- Lutz says he was part of an action scene where Schwarzenegger said his classic line “Get to the chopper.”
- One of his action scenes features Lutz’s character riding a motorcycle going over tanks and being shot at by very large weapons.
- Lutz said when Gibson showed up on set “His arms were the size of my head. I was like, ‘Holy crap.’ He looked big and I remember Sly came to set. He was like, ‘Man, now I gotta double days or two-a-days hitting the gym because I can’t have Mel be bigger than me.’ It was really good, they weren’t competitive and I know Sly was just, you know, there’s some humor there. Sly got big and Mel was big. Everyone just wanted to look top of their game.”
- Patrick Hughes was filming a lingerie commercial on Bombay beach when he found out Stallone wanted to meet with him about directing The Expendables 3. His first meeting was supposed to be thirty minutes and it ended up being two and a half hours.
- Hughes wants all the action scenes to be different. He said, “I was saying to Sly let’s make every single action set piece distinct and dynamic and its not just guys blazing guns the whole movie. That we really sort of mix it up and have a variety of landscapes and textures and aesthetics and really making it dynamic. There’s a lot of big action, there’s a lot of big action set pieces, and every single action set piece is completely different from the other.”
- Hughes told me a great story about how Stallone got Gibson to be in the film. He said, “It came together very quickly. I remember I was working with Sly. We were discussing who we could get to play the villain and I remember I was in his office he walked in one day and said, ‘Hey what do you think of Mel Gibson?’ I’m like dude, ‘Mel Gibson. Come on Mad Max vs. Rambo, bring it on.’ And he goes, ‘Yeah, you’re right.’ And then he just turns around, picks up his phone and just calls Mel straight up. I think obviously Sly’s had a huge enormous, phenomenal career and he’s able to do that. It was pretty crazy.”
- One of the things that made Hughes happy to shoot in Bulgaria was the variety of location. He said, “I’ve shot every country in the world five times over in the last fifteen years, and shooting in Bulgaria reminds me a lot of shooting in a place like New Zealand. When you shoot in a place like New Zealand, it’s why a lot of movies film there and why a lot of movies come to Bulgaria, is you’ve got a variety of locations that are really close together. One thing I really pursued on this film, I pushed from the start when sitting with Sly, I was like, ‘Let’s not just end up with a whole movie that’s green screens and studios and that sort of stuff. Let’s go out on location. We’re going to have a chopper attacking a train, lets just get a freaking chopper and buy a train and let’s do it for real.’ It’s really economical shooting here, because when you move locations you tend to lose a lot of time, sometimes you lose up to a half a day just moving location. So a place like Bulgaria, within fifteen minutes of the studio you’re at snow capped mountains, you’re in a city, you’re in the forest, you’re in a rural area, you’re in farmland, you’re in industrial zones, and you’ve got all these different textures and aesthetics and landscapes that are all within fifteen minutes. That was the one thing, I came out here, I was location scouting six months before we shot and looking for all those variety of locations. We’re were down on the coast, we shot down there for ten days to begin with and we used the Port Varna which we dressed as Mogadishu. Just the scale of the place, it’s just phenomenal.”
- The cast will be going to Cannes and Comic-Con to promote the film.