Sylvester Stallone names 'The Expendables 3' director

Sly teased fans on Twitter before announcing his choice for the job

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Sylvester Stallone has chosen Aussie filmmaker Patrick Hughes to direct The Expendables 3.

Sly took to Twitter to break the news, teasing his 790,000 followers with a series of clues before confirming that Hughes is his choice for the job. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Hughes isn't officially on board yet but is expected to receive a formal offer shortly.

Hughes is best known for writing and directing 2010's Red Hill, his debut and to date only full-length feature film. The Aussie thriller starring Ryan Kwanten clearly impressed Stallone, who likened it to his 1976 boxing classic Rocky on Twitter, posting: Released in 2010, the original The Expendables film teamed Stallone with a raft of ageing action heroes including Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Mickey Rourke. The tongue-in-cheek action flick became an unexpected hit at the box office, grossing over $274 million (£174 million) worldwide.

The Expendables 2 added Jean-Claude Van Damme to the muscle-bound mix and came out last August (2012), going on to beat the box office haul of the original. The Expendables 3 is due to begin shooting this summer and Wesley Snipes - who has recently been released from prison - is apparently on the producers' wish list.

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