Sylvester Stallone names ‘The Expendables 3’ director

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

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.