Nov 19, 2015

Another EX4 Rumor Squashed

Back in May Stallone exchanged a couple of tweets with the Indian actor Salman Khan, and alluded to maybe having him in EX4; probably as a courtesy response to Khan's earlier tweets complimenting Sly.

Some media outlets and fans took the twitter exchange and blew it out of proportions by making the assumption that Khan would appear in the 4th installment of the franchise.

Well after the Hogan rumor was squashed here's another one ending up with the same fate. In an event in India as reported by this Indian news outlet, Khan stated clearly that he had no intentions of taking part in any Hollywood production that he would only continue to make Indian movies. 

I guess for lack of better EX4 news we'll keep squashing rumors...

Oct 17, 2015

Hulk Hogan Just A Rumor in EX4

There have been many rumors around Hulk Hogan taking on the role of the main villain in EX4. 

Well Hogan who himself is sometimes the source of those rumors, has confirmed in an interview with The Star that "I [Hogan] haven't talked to him [Sly]. But there's a bunch of people who have thrown my name around and done stuff. I'd love to read the script. I don't know how many more Expendables they're going to make, so I'd love to be in the next one. I'd love to be the bad guy again in a Stallone movie. It would be a lot of fun." 

Here you have it, he's just a rumor in EX4.

Oct 14, 2015

EX4 Likley to Film in Bulgaria Again!

Update: it appears that Johannes Hartmann was working on the set of Boyka 4 and not EX 4, he might have confused the 2 movies when tagging his pictures. I apologize, I should have paid closer attention to the photos, I took Johannes's post for granted. Thanks to "Jeff" for bringing it to my attention in the comment section.

Although EX4 seems to have received some serious Chinese investment support and there is a likelihood of a partial production in China, several clues still point to the direction of Bulgaria.

Back in September this year the CEO of NU Boyana (that is the Studio where the first 3 movies were shot) told Xinhua that The Expendables 4 would probably be made mid-2016 in his Studios.

Also a certain Johannes Hartmann posted pictures of the set construction for The Expendables 4 at Nu Boyana Studios four months ago. Looks like work on EX4 has been in motion for a while now and well under the radar.

The majority of fans will certainly be disappointed if this was to happen, but the business reality is that Bulgaria is a cheap place to get movies done, and Lerner & Co. who are co-owners in the Bulgarian Studios will probably want to rip the benefits of that cheap fact.

Oct 10, 2015

'The Expendables 4' Is Coming in 2017!

Despite a very weak performance from all aspects (BO, quality, PG-13 rating, script, cast, editing, etc.) of its 3rd installment, the Expendables franchise is moving ahead with a 4th movie. Building on the franchise's strong market demand in China, Avi Lerner et al. were able to secure a deal with Steven Paul’s SP International Pictures on behalf of SSXH Beijing and Max Screen Film Distribution.

Expendables 4 will shoot in 2016 and be released in 2017. Neither director nor cast have yet been announced, though the picture is expected to maintain its all-action star formula. It is to be produced on a budget of over $100 million!

I'm absorbing this news with mixed feelings. Although the kid inside me gets always excited by the prospect of a new movie assembling my childhood heroes, the thought of seeing another fiasco is almost agonizing. Let's hope for the best.

Source: Variety