We know Sly is up for another Rocky. We know he ought to redeem Rambo: Last Blood. But what of The Expendables?!
As a graphic novel release sees The Expendables go straight to (literal) Hell..what might the team look like in a more earth bound 4th movie? Let’s assemble the team..
STALLONE! SCHWARZENEGGER! WILLIS! STATHAM! LUNDGREN! We need these guys back. No questions!
ALL GIRL TEAM? Mooted already. Let’s launch them in the guy film first, though? All/any of the following would make an awesome Expenda-BELLES!
Sigourney Weaver, Linda Hamilton, Cynthia Rothrock, Famke Janssen, Rene Russo, Helen Mirren, Emmanuelle Béart, Geena Davis, Anne Archer, Natasha Henstridge, Thandie Newton, Halle Berry, Joely Richardson, Milla Jovovich, Shannon Tweed, Tane McClure, Demi Moore, Karen Allen, Julianne Moore, Angela Bassett, Diane Kruger, Julie Andrews?!
Bond. JAMES..BOND(s): Connery is a no no (too much $$$). Lazenby, Dalton and Brosnan, however…
BATMEN? Michael Keaton. Val Kilmer. George Clooney. Any /all of the above..
THE BLACK PACK! Mario Van Peebles! Ice-T/Cube. DENZEL!! Eddie Murphy (he can still do action, as Beverly Hills Cop 4 will prove). Laurence Fishburne. Carl Weathers. Billy Dee Williams! Bill Duke?! DANNY GLOVER. MR T!
BRAT PACK?! Charlie Sheen, Emilio Estevez, Kiefer Sutherland, Judd Nelson, Christian Slater, Alan Ruck, Brendan Fraser.
KUNG-DO: Jackie Chan, Jason Scott Lee, Rick Yune, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa
CULT HEROES… KURT RUSSELL!! NICOLAS CAGE (the man needs $ to BUY CASTLES!!). JOHN TRAVOLTA (worked with Sly Stallone on Staying Alive). CHRISTOPHER LAMBERT/ BILLY ZANE/ PAUL HOGAN/HULK HOGAN/JESSE VENTURA/WILLIAM SADLER/ROBERT PATRICK. DENNIS QUAID/DON JOHNSON? TOM SELLECK? WES STUDI! DANNY TERJO?!
Steven Seagal and Van Damme should also pop up if only to settle that debate about who would kick who’s ass (and yes I know JCVD was in part 2..give him a twin brother or something?!). Henry Czerny is busied on Mission:Impossible duties, but could always turn up as a similar Boss figure (ditto Tony Hopkins?!).
HEAVYWEIGHT HEROES / ACTING GODS: Pacino? DeNiro (one, other, both?). Or Just get Joe Pesci /Harvey Keitel /Ray Liotta/Andy Garcia?! Clint Eastwood is almost 90 but still has an action part in him. Warren Beatty is in shape and has done some gun play (Dick Tracy). Michael Douglas has bounced back of late in Ant-Man / Marvel movies. Woody Harrelson is game for anything, still. Liam Neeson might have gone quiet after last year but the world is very forgiving and he and fellow Man in Black, Tommy Lee Jones, both know the genre. Ed Harris and Sean Bean have both dipped into National Treasure: time to let them get expendable, too?
And yes, I know, I possibly omitted a few : please let us know anyone you think should be on the list. And ok, they cannot all be in it (or can they?) and even if you hire the lot, it crams the poster and numbs the ensemble appeal (as happened with the under-performing Expendables 3). In any event, there IS a market for this..so Sly / Avi Lerner /whoever..MAKE IT SO (Yes, that’s a Picard phrase..sure throw in Patrick Stewart and Bill Shatner, too!).