The Expendables 4 Delayed Until 2017? Almost Didn’t Happen Due To Poor Box Office Returns!
It will take more than a little slap at the US box office to retire the aging action heroes hired by Sylvester Stallone for the Expendables! While the 2nd instalment of the franchise has been making its television premiere in various markets over the past few months, the fourth instalment of the franchise is slowly but surely moving ahead.
After the third feature film which was released last summer earned just 39 million dollars in the United States, down from the 103 million for the first movie, it didn’t seem guaranteed that Barney Ross and the clan would be back.
But if the fate of the balance sheet of The Expendables 3 was sealed by the film being leaked online a month before its theatrical release, the film’s budget of $90 million was eventually surpassed when it was released internationally, scoring a total of over $ 204 million. If they can keep the 4th instalment under lock and key, there’s no reason why it can’t do even better.
In August, Sylvester Stallone visited Paris and told the press that he was definitely considering the project. Some months later he confirmed that it would be going ahead, and said that he aims to cater to a much wider audience by dropping the PG-13 requirement. While this might make the movie less violent, it will most likely allow for a better box office return.
Currently there is no official release date, but Stallone previously stated that he was aiming for 2016. Now 2017 seems like a more realistic timeframe, as the Hollywood legend is very busy with several other films. At the moment he is shooting Creed, a new instalment for the Rocky franchise. Then he plans to shoot Rambo 5: Last Blood, and he then has several other acting parts lined up as well.
As always the cast for the Expendables 4 is rife with speculation, but several names that have expressed interest or revealed that they’re in negotiations include: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Pierce Brosnan, Hulk Hogan, Manny Pacquiao, Jean-Claude Van Damme, and Randy Couture. One new name doing the rounds is Jackie Chan.