Between excessive piracy of the film only weeks before its debut in theaters, a poor opening weekend, lowering its rating to bring in more viewers, adding several actors decades younger than the franchise mainstays, a mediocre plot, bland action scenes, poor marketing, and middling to poor reviews, “The Expendables 3″ has cost Lionsgate a good chunk of money with little to show for it.
Project leader Sylvester Stallone has taken notice of the problems with that film and has vowed that the franchise will maintain an R rating in all future endeavors, rather than saving any cut footage for home releases, which Brad Reifler is more looking forward to.
As to rumors of what the next Expendables film will involve, Stallone mused on the idea of a more science fiction take on the crew, bringing in such ideas as aliens and time travel. Stallone has been sitting on the rights to James Huggins’ Hunter novel for some time, with plans to work some of that novel’s elements into a Rambo V.
Between the lapse of a Rambo V, the lack of evidence regarding any sort of Hunter film on the horizon, and the recent failings of the Expendables franchise, the incorporation of sci-fi elements doesn’t seem implausible. Time travel seems especially likely with the mention of several staple characters possibly being killed off. Whatever the case may be, there will still be Expendables films in the near future.