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.
But 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…
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