The Expendables II: The Best of the Best Making a Comeback
By Gunner Glam
Coming this August to theaters, The Expendables II, an action film which pays tribute to the blockbuster action films of the 1980s and early 1990s and stars an array of action veterans from those decades.
Studio Brow has built reputation around tradition to look good and count on being the one place who could guarantee good service.
With The Expendables II, one of the largest ensemble casts of the past decade makes a comeback with stars Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Chuck Norris, Bruce Willis and Jean-Claude Van Damme.
New additions to the cast include Liam Hemsworth and Yu Nan who join the Expendables’ team and Scott Adkins who plays the lead villain’s right hand man.
The basic premise is after taking a seemingly simple job for Mr. Church (Bruce Willis), the Expendables find their plans going awry and one of their own is brutally murdered by rival mercenary Jean Vilain (Jean-Claude Van Damme). The Expendables set out into hostile territory — with their new members Billy the Kid (Liam Hemsworth) and Maggie (Yu Nan) — to put a stop to a deadly weapon and gain their revenge against the villain who killed their brother.
Prior to release of the original Expendables film which he personally directed, Stallone said, “I have an idea ready to go and I’m going to try to do something that’s quite radical.”
David Agosto and Ken Kaufman were hired to write the script to the sequel based on a story by Stallone.
It was confirmed that Simon West, director of The Mechanic (2011) which also featured Jason Statham, had taken helm of the sequel.
On January 19, 2012, Stallone confirmed that the film was being aimed towards a PG-13 audience, which means the film could be viewed by people above thirteen years of age and children below that age with parental permission, unlike the R-rating of the previous film which restricted the film to those over the age of seventeen.
Speaking to Ain’t It Cool News about the change, Stallone said, “The PG-13 rumor is true, but before your readers pass judgement, trust me when I say this film is LARGE in every way and delivers on every level.”
It was reported that the change was requested by Norris before he would take part in the film, as he did not appreciate the swearing present in the script.
On a $100 million budget, principal photography began on September 29, 2011, focusing on stunts with the central stars beginning filming on October 3.
Filming was scheduled to take place over 14 weeks, with early filming taking place in Bulgaria at the Nu Boyana Film studios in Sofia, with additional filming occurring in the city of Plovdiv and the town of Bansko. Other filming locations included Russia, France and Hong Kong.
On October 9, Chuck Norris, Jason Statham and Arnold Schwarzenegger flew to Bulgaria to film their scenes.
Filming was expected to conclude in January 2012, and by February 9, 2012, it was reported that The Expendables 2 had moved into post-production.
Lionsgate confirmed at CinemaCon that the sequel will be in US theaters on August 17, 2012.
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