Over the last few days Sylvester Stallone has been releasing tweets suggesting he’s found the director of The Expendables 3, such as saying, ‘Found an EXCITING director… Things sometimes happen for a Reason….Okay?’
Eventually Sylvester confirmed that Australian filmmaker Patrick Hughes will direct The Expendables 3. One of the helmer’s main qualifications seems to be his ability to put an action movie together cheaply and quickly, with Stallone saying of Hughes’ Red Hill, ‘Great Movie!!500,000 budget 20 day shoot, Amazing – ROCKY was 850,000 and 25 days , Good OMEN!!!’
Red Hill was Hughes’ first feature, so it’s a big jump up for him to take on Expendables 3.
Aside from Sylvester Stallone, who is returning as Barney Ross, no other actor has been confirmed for the sequel. Wesley Snipes and Jackie Chan have been mentioned as possible new additions, but nothing is set in stone yet. Dolph Lundgren revealed in January that production may begin as early as this autumn.