Is an all female Expendables on the cards?
Do you want a change from an ageing action star sausage fest? Well it looks like an alternative may be on the cards?
With The Expendables 2 now in cinemas and performing moderately well, although seemingly not as well as expected, talk is already underway for a third instalment but a project in a similar vein could also be on the cards. That's because Adi Shankar's company, 1984 Private Defence Contractors, has hired Dutch Southern to write an action script for an all female Expendables.
The company has previously provided financing for the likes of The Grey, Dredd, Broken City and Killing Them Softly, which indicates that the plan is most certainly to get the project into cinemas, rather than making a cheap straight-to-DVD cash-in.
A number of prominent actresses have been approached and are reportedly in various stages of discussions, but as yet their names have yet to be released. Whilst male action stars still outnumber female, that doesn't mean that there aren't some quality names to chose from, both in terms of those working during the action heyday of the late 80s and early 90s, and those working more recently.
Nan Yu can currently be seen in The Expendables 2, Gina Carano impressed in Haywire and is currently working on Fast 6, as is Michelle Rodriguez. Add the likes of Sigourney Weaver, Uma Thurman, Milla Jovovich, Zoe Bell and Lucy Lawless and you'd have quite the cast. This is all speculation on our part, of course. Going further back Cynthia Rothrock has recently come out of retiremen,t so this would be the ideal project for her, and if you're looking for more female action stars from the 80s, Brigitte Nielsen and Grace Jones should be on the producer's lists.
The above suggestions barely scratch the surface of potential cast members. Feel free to add suggestions below, and if this project goes anywhere, we'll let you know...