Ok, so after lots of rumours flying around the internet since seemingly the premiere of EX2, Sly Stallone took to twitter this week to finally set the record straight.
The tweets in question were as follows:
Writing EX3 at the moment... there are going to be mountains of surprises..
EX3 needs NEW blood and more humor.... The films were always meant to be more on the humorous side with moments of drama
No S. Seagal, sorry ,but maybe we get lucky with J. Chan! And some young bloods!!!
By young I mean 22 to 27. Not big bruisers but tech wizard, super brains and a young woman who is not a sex symbol but funny ,tough,REAL
Looking at those tweets the news is both exciting and disappointing. A new Expendables movie will ALWAYS be exciting news and the fact that Sly is once again writing it is good.
The first thing that strikes us as curious is the fact that Jackie Chan is not the lock-in everyone expected and second, of course, is the fact that Doc and Kid favourite Steven Seagal has clearly definitely declined or Sly did not extend his offer to the 3rd film. Maybe Seagal "laughed in their face", maybe he was too busy arming schools or maybe the studio declined the catering budget required.
All this talk of humour and young bloods doing tech stuff is also worrying. The first one, while having good banter between the cast, wasn't anywhere near a comedy but more a traditional 80s style action movie and the second, while openly funnier, doesn't exactly back up the claim that the films were always intended to be on the humourous side and as for the young bloods comment, it really smacks to me of studio meddling because of the recent poor performance of older action men in the box office.
However, in Sly we trust and we mustn't get greedy, that the first two exist at all is phenomenal and while the internet (and us) clearly want the likes of Rothrock, Snipes, Seagal, Cage etc. whatever EX3 turns out to be, you can guarantee we'll be there opening night!
-The Kick Ass Kid