Oct 29, 2019

Arnold Out of EX4 If Not Written Well

Arnold gave an interview to his fan site where he briefly talks about the Expendables 4. 

Asked if the fourth installment was finally coming; he responded that he has nothing to do with it at this point but that can change very quickly. He further explains "I have not seen it because I have told them that I would never do another one if the story is not written well for me."

I find it strange that Couture has received the script and not Arnold!! Unless his part was so bad that the producers didn't dare send it to him. Now I wonder if Couture was pulling off another one of his rumors when he claimed to have read the script.

The making of EX4 has taken a life of its own and once again looks less than more likely to ever happen. 

Oct 8, 2019

Couture Reconfirms EX4

In a new interview given very recently, Couture reiterates his involvement in a new Expendables movie. He asserts that he has been in the procession of the script and that EX4 is happening. Filming has been pushed to next spring as he had announced in an interview that was previously posted here, and this time he explains that the postponement of the production was due to some scheduling conflicts (Sly’s Samaritan maybe).

Couture seems to be very confident that EX4 is happening and this time he seems to be more informed of the movie’s development and progress. He’s been wrong before but I feel like giving him the benefit of the doubt this time. 

Oct 3, 2019

EX4 Now Set To Release in 2021

After my hope of seeing a new Expendables movie was starting to fade away, Couture may have just given me something to hang onto. I know he’s known for unreliable news and what he says doesn’t always turn into reality but this time I think he’s giving out solid information with some good details.

He recently gave a YouTube interview where he discusses EX4 in some good details:

The script was sent to him a month ago. He thinks it has the potential to be the best movie yet in the series.

Production was scheduled to start this fall but has now been postponed to next spring. I bet this happened due to scheduling conflict with Samaritan or maybe Sly signed up for that project knowing that EX4 was going to be delayed.

Toll Road is back and has some good parts but not more screen time than the usual.

All the old guys are back!!

The story-line is timely he says and people are going to love it, it'll be huge.

Starting next Spring, production will then last for 3 months and 9 months of post, so he thinks that the movie will only be released in 2021.

I hope he’s right this time and what he’s giving out is reliable.

It’s been a roller coaster of a story this making of the EX4 but let’s hope again.

Sep 28, 2019

EX4 RIP? I Hope Not

After a series of encouraging news in the month of July that were seriously pointing to the development of EX4, including several hints by Sly himself to his personal involvement in the project being in the works, the world of movies has gone radio silent on the fourth and highly anticipated installment of the Expendables franchise. Nada since then and it’s been two solid months of no news.

It was expected that Sly would be busy with the release of his last Rambo movie, but we were hoping to hear at least something, something that would keep the hope going. Well, the topic of EX4 wasn’t going to be avoided by the media during the Rambo promotional interviews, but personally I was expecting it to be discussed much more than it was. Hard to say how many interviews did Sly sit on to promote Rambo but I’ve personally seen a dozen on the internet and there was probably a lot more that I don’t even know about. And out of all those interviews, EX4 was only mentioned a couple of times and in a very hasty manner. It almost felt like that Sly had warned interviewers to not approach the topic and if they did, he would brush it off. During the entire Rambo promotional journey EX4 was only addressed twice and very quickly!!

One of the instances where the EX4 topic came up was at the “Tonight Show” with Fallon who I didn’t know seemed to be a fan of the franchise. While discussing some distant memories of his encounter with Lundgren on the set of Rocky IV, Sly transitioned to mention that he might end up working with the Swede again in EX4 while rolling his eyes. Fallon got excited and so did the audience with a round of applause as if they’ve been anticipating the fourth movie like the rest of us have, but Sly didn’t seem to be overly enthusiastic about it and did not go any further to elaborate on the topic and quickly moved on and back to Rambo. It felt like that he doesn’t want to do the movie but is being forced to, and might not even want to do it if he could get out of it. Maybe I’m reading too much into his body language but this is how I felt about that whole short conversation.

In another instance during a Rambo promotional interview, he’s heard saying that the movie is being forced to happen because of foreign investment and those foreign guys want it very badly. Once again it feels like he is not overly keen on doing the movie but being forced into it.

It’s been known over the past few months that Sly is pushing his production company “Balboa” to take off more seriously and be ready to not only take more projects on but to become the production company of reference in the realm of action movies. His heart is pounding in that direction. Sly is a determined individual and when he sets his mind on something, he gets it done. And it’s understandable that if his passion is veering towards becoming a more of a producer in the action genre and leaving a legacy by mentoring the younger generation in that direction, he wouldn’t want to involve himself in lengthily acting projects that a movie like EX4 is. I even wonder if his involvement in those low budget B Movies that came out last year was a sign of this and whether he did Rambo to go out with one last action movie legacy in the genre.

While I was still optimistic that despite Sly’s reluctance to do EX4 it might still happen because of those foreign investors pushing him to do it, the announcement of his next movie under the banner of MGM & his Balboa production company just hit my hope to go down to an all-time low. Samaritan will indeed start filming early next year. Early next year? And we are now in October!! There is not a lot of room for EX4 to be slotted in, I’m not sure if pre-production has even started, they don’t even have a Director yet. The hope is fading away. I hope I’m just being pessimistic but the prospect of EX4 happening this year or before Samaritan is less and less likely now. I almost feel that this whole Samaritan venture might be the end of EX4. Sly is not getting any younger and the other cast members of the franchise may not be always available at the same time – which is miraculously the case right now, they are all available with no ongoing projects - and the investors will eventually lose patience and cancel the project to push their money into something more realistic.

If the pre-production of EX4 is not announced anytime soon, it’s safe to assume that the project will not go ahead this year and probably not even before June next year if it ever does move ahead.

RIP EX4? That would be extremely disappointing. The EX franchise needs to go out on a high note, EX3 was an affront to the legacy of our childhood icons and needs to be rectified in the history of action movies. Sly, you need to rectify history before you move on to your new projects.

Jul 27, 2019

The Expendables Back In Town Soon!

That's it, it seems to be really happening. Sly is teasing another EX hint to the 4th chapter starting soon. Statham was a sure bet and Banderas will be of party too. The boys will be back in town soon!

Jul 17, 2019

The Expendables Trio

Nothing really exciting but just a post by a former German soccer player posing with our favorite Expendables Trio: Sly, Arnold and Lundgren. The photo is open to all sorts of speculations from a simple friendly gathering to Sly brainstorming EX4 with his co-lead actors. Yours to determine.

Jul 14, 2019

Confirmation: EX4 In The Works

In an interview with Grit Daily News, Campbell and Grobman, the CEO and Founders of Campbell Grobman Films, discussed their entertainment career trajectories as powerhouse female producers in Hollywood, and their current work on EX4 was also mentioned.

Known for their past successes with the Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise, Hollywood producers, Christa Campbell and Lati Grobman have made new strides with their recent productions like Rambo: Last Blood and Red Sonja.

Asked  about when they knew they had reached success as a company and if there was a particular film that was a turning point for them, this is what they had to say: 

"We got a strong start with Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D unexpectedly beating some more high profile movies at the box office upon the opening.  After that, we  went on to make more dramatic and light hearted films as well (She’s Funny That Way). We also continue to make action films because we are able to reach a broader audience.  We are currently working on The Expendables 4 and The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard."

This should further confirm that EX4 is indeed in the works, and we should be hearing more news soon. 

Thanks to EXfan57 for the tip.

Jul 5, 2019

Sly Cooking Up EX4

I guess it's finally getting started. Sly posted on his Instagram today that he's cooking up "the next adventure" by showing a picture of Barney Ross. Hold on tight, it's coming...

Jul 2, 2019

EX4 Set for a 2021 Release?

According to HN Entertainment some of Lionsgate’s 2020-2021 releases include the new Chris Rock-produced Saw reboot, Doug Liman’s Choas Walking, Ryan Reynolds’ The Hitman’s Bodyguard’s Wife, and Keanu Reeve’s John Wick: Chapter 4/Rally Car. There also is an expectation that Sly Stallone’s The Expendables 4 and Chris Evans’ Jeykell will eventually be released by 2021. Lionsgate and Chad Stahelski were developing a feature film reboot of Highlander, but it remains to be seen if that project will be part of the deal.

Assuming that Lionsgate remains consistent with an August release in 2021 which is 2 years away, there is no wonder why filming has not yet started. I suppose there is plenty of time, but the only problem is that the main cast is not getting any younger!!

Statham Talks EX4

A French movie outlet reported a recent interview with Statham himself on F&F 9 & EX4. This is what he had to say:

"Sylvester Stallone has been talking to me about this for a while, and the film should be done before we're all too old." Again, that's not my decision.  If Sly calls, I’ll answer immediately, we have so much fun on the Expendables sets. "

May 25, 2019

More Hints to EX4

After a couple of hints by Sly & Couture early this month, more hints to an upcoming EX4 have been captured in interviews with Lundgren and the franchise's producer Avi Lerner.

In a sport related interview, Lundgren mentions that he is working with Sly on "possibly an Expendables 4".

And in an interview during this year's Cannes festival, Lerner mentions that another Expendables movie is part of his upcoming projects.

We seem to be getting closer to EX4...

May 6, 2019

Couture: EX4 Filming in the Summer

Couture is at it again. In an interview with MMA Core, he shared that  there is a script for EX4 that he’s excited to read, and that filming should start in the summer. He further shares that things have been going back and forth with Sly for the past couple of years, who was busy with Escape Plan, Creed and Rambo but has now come around and ready to shoot EX4. 

It's not the first time that Couture has given out info on production dates that did not transpire, but given the recent hypes around the movie, he might be right  this time.

May 4, 2019

Sly (Kinda) Reconfirms EX4

Promoting Rambo 5 and Rocky 7!!! on his Instagram, Sly confirmed back to an EX4 craving fan that  the upcoming installment will be the best in the series and that we had to be patient. Easy for you to say Sly, we’ve been patient since 2015!

Mar 17, 2019

Stallone in Tunisia to scout for EX4?!

A Tunisian news outlet has reported today that Stallone & Lundgren will be soon coming to their country to scout locations for the filming of EX4. The reliability of the news is obviously questionable but could also be true, timing is in line with previous reports of an April production start date. Here's the translation of the article pertaining to EX4.

The two world stars will enjoy their stay in southern Tunisia to scout locations for their film "The Expendables 4".

Taking advantage of his friendship with the great Swedish actor Dolph Lundgren, the world champion of Karate, Sadok Kouka, took the initiative to invite his childhood friend for the third time to Tunisia.
"Dolph has been my friend for 25 years...

"It's official, then, these two sacred monsters of the American cinema will be, on March 25, in Kantaoui for two days, before moving to Tozeur to scout filming locations " said Sadok Kouka.

Mar 3, 2019

Jet Li/Mickey Rourke Had Bigger Roles with Plans To Film Scenes In China

HN Entertainment’s Nicholas Whitcomb recently spoke with screenwriter Richard Wenk (The Equalizer 1-2, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, Kraven The Hunter) about his previous work on The Expendables franchise specifically his work on The Expendables 2. Richard revealed that Mickey Rourke’s role was given to Liam Hemsworth and Jet Li had a scaled-back subplot due to the production losing an offer to film a segment of the film in China (something that has been rumored for The Expendables 4 for years).
HN: I did want to touch upon The Expendables 2, what was it like I guess working with Sly [Stallone] on that sequel? How did that project come to you?
WENK: “It came to me through the director Simon West, who I had written a movie for previously called The Mechanic and he was hired to do The Expendables 2 and called me. I met with Sly [Stallone] and he was very gracious, open, and allowing me the freedom to create the story and the additional characters that I thought would be needed for the second movie.”
“Those movies are puzzle pieces, who is going to be in them, and how long? What’s the driving inciting incident and all those things with the creator, which is Sly. But I worked with Simon [West] on the size and scope of the movie and the action blocks and things like that.”
HN: Was there anything major you had to cut from the film? Perhaps, like a cameo or an actor you couldn’t work in there? 
WENK: “Originally, Mickey Rourke was in the movie, then he wasn’t. That facilitated the creation of the [Liam] Hemsworth character, the additional character.”
“I can tell you that the original script called for a big chunk of the movie to take place in China and at the last minute China decided to rescind their offer to shoot there. We had to come up with a way of having Jet Li stay in China when they never actually went to China.”
“It was actually Sly’s idea to have him just jump out of the plane over China. Those are the kind of things that you’re flying by the seat of your pants and you’re like ‘What do we now?… Cause the rest of the script Jet Li’s not in it’. There was a whole subplot they brought these Chinese businessmen home and he decided he wanted to stay home with his family, that was all in the script. It was Sly’s idea to just open the bottom of the plane and have him leap out.”
When asked about ideas for the possible fourth film Wenk suggest maybe scaling back the cameos and number of characters to the original two movies that focused on the main core of guys.
WENK: “If I were the boss of The Expendables franchise I’d circle back to the origins of it I think it feels like I’ve attached myself to the core group of guys and what I liked about doing the second one it didn’t really expand into the Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford, Antonio Banderas additions. It was sort of living with the original concept that Sly came up with and I would probably circle back and have it a little more like that. I think it kind of expanded beyond, it kind of jumped-the-shark a little bit and I think the best action movies are the best [when] you attach yourself to certain characters and when you have too many or it gets too loud, you’re less engaged. So, for me, I’d tie it back.”
“Those are the key characters we fell in love with and want to follow and I think in the second one with the addition of the cameo of Chuck Norris was a nice wink to that time [the era of 1980’s action films], it was organic to the story it didn’t intrude. I’m a big believer of sticking with what got ya there and their interpersonal relationships.” 

Feb 17, 2019

EX4 to Start in April?

Although still questionable, this Bulgarian website claims that filming of EX4 should begin in April in Bulgaria as previously speculated by many other reports and various outlets. 

April is only less than 2 months away and no official word has come out of anyone's mouth yet.