An All-Ladies Expendables Movie? Yup.

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This news actually came out last week, but I didn’t feel like covering it, mostly because I had a feeling it might be someone’s idea of a joke. Turns out, it’s actually dead serious, but then again, the news broke last week, when “The Expendables 2″ was set to topple the box office as if the box office was a small booth and “The Expendables 2″ was a giant, indestructible tank.

Then “The Expendables 2″ opened. While it took the top spot and claimed #1, it was way lower than most people expected. Even worse, it couldn’t even match the original’s opening two years earlier. This, despite much better reviews and bigger roles for Stallone’s two pals Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis, the three former ’80s action icons featured prominently in all of the film’s advertising. Hell, if you just went by the TV ads, you might think the entire movie starred only Stallone, Schwarzenegger and Willis.

Adi ShankarBut back to our current news: producer Adi Shankar (right) has officially hired screenwriter Dutch Southern (what a name, that) to pen him an all-female version of “The Expendables”. Shankar has no affiliation with the “Expendables” movie franchise, but it’s not as if an all-gender group of movie badasses is trademarkable or anything. (Shankar counts “Machine Gun Preacher” and the upcoming titles “Killing Them Softly” and “Dredd 3D” among his executive producer credits, so he’s not exactly some bum off the street. He also produced the Punisher short “Dirty Laundry” with Thomas Jane.)

Shankar and company are now actively “in talks with several prominent actresses affiliated with the action genre.”

So, assuming Shankar goes through with this despite “The Expendables 2’s” somewhat lackluster showing at the box office, who do you think he should include? I can think of plenty of names off the top of my head, but frankly I’m not sure if Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Garner, or Milla Jovovich will want to share top billing while still in their prime.

So who does that leave? Maybe Michelle Yeoh, Cynthia Rothrock … and who else? Honestly, I can’t think of a whole lot of female asskickers from the ’80s and ’90s who could, reasonably, still jump kick someone in the head in 2012…

Cynthia Rothrock

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  • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

    I was just thinking about this the other day with a friend. Beyond Yeoh and Rothrock, there weren’t any serious badass females back in the day. I mean you could probably throw Zang Ziyi in there but she’s only been around a bit. Most female action stars are from today. I say trhow in Geena Davis (Long Kiss Goodnght) and Peta Wilson (Nikita) for good measure.

  • T-800

    Old School:Cynthia Rothrock,Michelle Yeoh,Cynthia Khan,Yukari Oshima,Moon Lee
    New School:JeeJa Yanin

  • Juggernaut

    Linda Hamilton, Lucy Lawless, Pam Grier, Sigourney Weaver and Gina Davis as the veterans!
    Angelina Jolie, Gina Cerano, Jennifer Garner, Uma Thurman and Milla Jovavich as the upstarts of the team!
    Brigitte Nielson as the main vilainess!
    Sharon Stone as her right hand woman!
    Halle Berry, Kate Beckinsale, Carrie Anne Moss, Zoe Bell, Michelle Rodriguez and Summer Glau as her enforcers!
    Have Zoe Bell and Uma Thurman’s characters be sisters!!!

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

      I thought about Hamilton, but she’s not physically in shape any more I don’t think. Most of the veterans you listed aren’t except maybe Lawless and Grier. Sharon Stone can be the villain as Nielson is a drunk right now.
      Most of the upstarts work, though I’d probably do a switcheroo with some of the enforcers and the team, but that’s something to be worked out. Good cast mostly.

      • Juggernaut

        I forgot about Charlize Theron,Vivica Fox, Maggie Q and Lena Headly. Oh and Natasha Henstrich and Dina Meyer

        • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

          Indeed. Okay so lets do it like this, lets have the ladies of Kill Bill be the heroes, and thoes you’d normally associate with heroines be the villains. this is a hell of a list now.

      • Juggernaut

        Oooooooh what about Renee Russo?!

  • Juggernaut

    Oh and cameo by Ellen Barkin and Jamie Lee Curtis!

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

      Ellen barkin was awesome at Roseanne’s roast on Comedy Central!!

      • Juggernaut

        She really was. That roast is the only reason that I excluded Carrie Fisher from the cast. WOW! What a goddamn nutjob!

        • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

          Agreed! I was thinking the same thing.

  • Leon

    Yeah right only american actresses that can’t punch a pillow…i have respect only for Kate Beckinsale.

  • Leon

    Ok ok and GIna Carano.

  • Juggernaut

    DEMI MOORE!!! Not so much in the 80’s (although she was an 80’s star) but in later roles she kicked some ass!

  • Juggernaut

    Jodie Foster too!

  • Juggernaut

    Actually, if they waited another ten years for this it would give you a much larger pool to pick from. The late 90’s into the new millenium is when the female action star was truly born. Then you could include Salma Hayek, Sandra Bullock, Rhona Mitra, etc.

  • nick

    Peta Wilson for sure, that woman is a tornado! plus she’s still hot ;)
    i’d pair her with Lucy Lawless, these two were the major butt kicking ladies in the 90’s, so i don’t see it happening without them.