An all-female take on The Expendables is being planned following the success of the Sylvester Stallone franchise.
According to Variety, screenwriter Dutch Southern has been hired to script the film by producer Adi Shankar and his company, 1984 Private Defense Contractors. Shankar’s previous production credits include Machine Gun Preacher, an action biopic starring Gerard Butler, and Liam Neeson thriller The Grey.
Casting has yet to be announced, but the production company is said to be “in talks with several prominent actresses affiliated with the action genre”. Alien star Sigourney Weaver and Terminator 2‘s Linda Hamilton are already being linked to the project, while other names mooted include Uma Thurman (Kill Bill), Milla Jovovich (Resident Evil), Gina Carano (Haywire) and Michelle Rodriguez (Fast and Furious).
Created by Sylvester Stallone, The Expendables is an ensemble action comedy teaming Stallone with a raft of 1980s action heroes, including Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jet Li and Dolph Lundgren. The film became an unexpected hit at the box office in 2010, grossing more than $274 million (£174 million) worldwide.
The Expendables 2, which reunites the original cast and adds Jean-Claude Van Damme to the muscle-bound mix, opened in cinemas last Friday (August 17) – scroll down to watch the trailer. Series producer Avi Lerner recently revealed that Nicolas Cage has been cast in a planned third movie, while Clint Eastwood and Harrison Ford are also in talks to appear.