It has now been a couple years since fans have seen or heard anything on Sylvester Stallone’s The Expendables (2010) franchise. It may have started out a bit unsure of itself when it first came on, but its sequel The Expendables 2 (2012) solidified itself as a vehicle for aging action stars to return to the theaters in a big way. Each film got larger and larger when it came to assembling veteran macho actors; casting thespians from all angles. That is until Stallone pushed for The Expendables 3 (2014) to be more family friendly by neutering the rating to PG-13 for a wider release. This in turn ended up frustrating fans of the first two entries and or alienating them. On top of that, the leak of completed footage airing three weeks before the official release did not help.
Like many franchises, each installment to come after the next will have a higher chance of making less money than its predecessor. This is no different in Stallone’s series of films. However with that said, all three action extravaganzas have pulled a big cash total. This leads to the argument of whether the franchise is still bankable or not. Well according to Stallone it is. Confirmed via Facebook video post, Stallone stated:
“….for next expendables, that’s gonna be great. Fingers crossed. We’re going to do our best, but we’ve got some really great attitudes going, we got great ideas. I think everyone’s expecting something different, and we’re going to give it to them.”
This of course means if Stallone is truly moving forward with The Expendables 4, the next entry must defy all odds on a critical level. With the series being dormant for the last couple of years hopefully Stallone and friends have thought long and hard about what and how they want to go about the latest showing. Nevertheless listening to audiences’ opinion is important because otherwise, the fourth film will only reflect the sequel before it.
For the actual video see the link below: