Despite a very weak performance from all aspects (BO, quality, PG-13 rating, script, cast, editing, etc.) of its 3rd installment, the Expendables franchise is moving ahead with a 4th movie. Building on the franchise's strong market demand in China, Avi Lerner et al. were able to secure a deal with Steven Paul’s SP International Pictures on behalf of SSXH Beijing and Max Screen Film Distribution.
Expendables 4 will shoot in 2016 and be released in 2017. Neither director nor cast have yet been announced, though the picture is expected to maintain its all-action star formula. It is to be produced on a budget of over $100 million!
I'm absorbing this news with mixed feelings. Although the kid inside me gets always excited by the prospect of a new movie assembling my childhood heroes, the thought of seeing another fiasco is almost agonizing. Let's hope for the best.