Millennium Media and Lionsgate are reuniting on a new entry in the Expendables action franchise to star Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture and Sylvester Stallone alongside new recruits Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Megan Fox, and Tony Jaa.
Lionsgate will distribute in the US, Canada and the UK and Millennium will handle international sales.
Production is scheduled to commence in autumn with Scott Waugh directing from a screenplay by Spenser Cohen with revisions by Max Adams and John Joseph Connolly.
Statham, Kevin King Templeton, and Les Weldon, Yariv Lerner, Jeffrey Greenstein, and Jonathan Yunger are producing. Executive producers are Avi Lerner, Boaz Davidson and Trevor Short for Millennium with Christa Campbell and Lati Grobman on behalf of Campbell Grobman Films. Eda Kowan and Jonah Leach will oversee for Lionsgate.
The Expendables franchise has generated more than $800m worldwide from three films, of which more than $576m comes from the international arena.
Statham most recently starred in Miramax’s Wrath Of Man and appeared in Universal’s F9 and will reteam with director Guy Ritchie on an untitled film. Stallone most recently voiced the role of King Shark in Warner Bros’ The Suicide Squad and has completed filming on the superhero film Samaritan for MGM.
Lundgren reprised his role as Ivan Drago in MGM’s Creed II and starred as King Nereus in Warner Bros’ Aquaman. His upcoming films include Universal’s Minions: The Rise Of Gru. Couture’s upcoming films include Blowback with Premiere Entertainment Group.
Jackson is heavily involved in Starz’s Power franchise and his company G-Unit Film & Television, Inc. struck a three-film deal with Eli Roth and James Frey’s 3BlackDot. Fox recently wrapped Millennium’s Till Death and stars in the upcoming Big Gold Brick that Arclight Films sells internationally and Samuel Goldwyn Films will release in the US, and Night Teeth for Netflix. Jaa broke out in the Ong-Bak martial arts franchise and recently starred in Constantin Film’s Monster Hunter, released in the US via Sony’s Screen Gems label.