The Expendables 4 Set to Hit Theaters in 2018

Posted 2016/12/22 4795 0

The Hollywood Reporter revealed that The Expendables 4 is now set for 2018 and will be the final film in the explosive action series.


Details on the project remain scarce, as we don’t have any indication of when exactly in 2018 it’ll arrive or which actors will be back for more. In January, series co-star Terry Crews suggested that Stallone himself might sit out the sequel, if he happened to snag that Best Supporting Actor Oscar for Creed:

I have to say, with Sly, I think it looks like he’s going to get an Oscar. It’s a matter of whether he’ll be in it. If he got the Golden Globe, he got the Oscar, there’s a lot more things that are going to be offered to him, but if Sly is in it, I’m in. […] I’m just thinking he’s got options now. As well he should. He should think about what his next move is going to be, what he’s going to do. Creed was amazing, amazing. It showed his depth and he’s a lot deeper than people always give him credit for.

But Stallone did not win that Oscar (he lost to Mark Rylance for Bridge of Spies), so by Mr. Crews’ logic, he’ll probably return as deadly mercenary Barney Ross one more time. With Jason Statham, Arnold Schwarzenegger also set to return, it certainly seems likely that a large portion of the cast from The Expendables 3, including Antonio Banderas, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Wesley Snipes, Ronda Rousey and Victor Ortiz, will reprise their roles as well.

The end of the series doesn't necessarily mean the end of the franchise. The Expendables have been one of a number of Lionsgate properties that have been consistently rumored for a TV treatment in recent years (along with Twilight and RED).

The first two Expendables films earned slightly more positive critical praise than the most recent entry in the franchise, although none of which quite lived up to the impossibly high expectations that form when one collects some of the most recognizable action stars ever and throws them into a movie together.

2010's The Expendables took in a healthy $103 million domestically and another $171.4 million overseas for a worldwide total of $274.4 million worldwide, from an $80 million budget. Sylvester Stallone wrote, directed and starred in this action-thriller, leading an all-star cast of action icons such as Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Terry Crews and Steve Austin. The Expendables 2 followed just two years later, with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis getting larger roles after having extended cameos in the first, alongside Jean-Claude Van Damme as the villain. The sequel dropped a bit domestically ($85 million) but increased internationally ($229.9 million) for a worldwide total of $314.9 million, from a $100 million budget.

The last installment, 2014's The Expendables 3, took a big step back, financially at least, which is even more surprising considering they ditched the R rating in favorable of reaching a wider audience with a PG-13 rating. That gamble did not pay off, with The Expendables 3 taking in a franchise low $39.3 million domestically and $175.3 million internationally for a worldwide total of $214.6 million, although the budget figures were not disclosed. This action sequel brought Mel Gibson into the fold as the main villain, with other new additions such as Wesley Snipes, Harrison Ford and Kelsey Grammer.