Lionsgate and Millennium Media have confirmed that a new installment of The Expendables is in development. The franchise currently comprises three films, all of which center on a team of elite soldiers portrayed by past and current action stars.
Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, and Sylvester Stallone will reprise their roles as Lee Christmas, Gunner Jensen, Toll Road, and Barney Ross in The Expendables 4, respectively, but there will be some interesting additions to the team.
Joining the crew will be Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Megan Fox, and Tony Jaa. Rapper 50 Cent is no stranger to action films, having starred in movies such as Escape Plan (which also happens to star Stallone), while Megan Fox has been enjoying a career revival as of late thanks to recent releases that include horror thriller Till Death. As for Jaa, the Thai martial artist will presumably complement Jet Li’s character, Yin Yang, although it isn’t clear yet whether the Chinese actor and Wushu champion is returning.
The Expendables 4 will be directed by Scott Waugh, whose previous credits include Need for Speed, a live-action adaptation of EA’s popular racing games, and Act of Valor, a film about an elite team of Navy SEALs who go on a mission to recover a kidnapped CIA agent.
The first three Expendable films have earned $804 million at the global box office.
The new Expendables installment is produced by Statham, Kevin King Templeton, and Les Weldon Yariv Lerner, Jeffrey Greenstein, and Jonathan Yunger on behalf of Millennium Media. EPs for Millennium Media are Avi Lerner, Boaz Davidson and Trevor Short with Christa Campbell and Lati Grobman on behalf of Campbell Grobman Films. Co-Producer is Abby Mills. Eda Kowan and Jonah Leach will oversee the film for Lionsgate.