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The annual American Film Market is underway in Santa Monica, California (it continues through Nov. 7), giving industry professionals the opportunity to network and cut deals on potential projects. AFM often spawns marketing materials for movies we know are going to happen, but also teases projects that likely will reach theaters but probably need a little more funding to become a reality.
To that group, we’re adding The Expendables 3 and The Mechanic 2, two sequels announced by Nu Media/Millennium Films (according to Collider) that are selling international distribution rights … and likely banking on those foreign sales to fund their production schedules.
Let’s look at the projects. A third Expendables wasn’t guaranteed. The second film, despite better reviews, couldn’t match the $103M earned by the first film (it topped off at $84.7M in the States), though it did extremely well overseas. So long as Sylvester Stallone and his muscle-bound cronies continue appealing to global audiences (Expendables 2 broke the $200M mark at the international box office), you can bank on the gang gathering for new adventures in far-off places.
The Mechanic, on the other hand, barely registered back in 2011, pitting Jason Statham against Ben Foster for a hard-hitting thriller that only managed to earn $29.1M in the U.S. A remake of a 1972 Charles Bronson vehicle, the movie isn’t one of the first titles we’d kick up when asked for sequel potential. But if Statham’s game, and the costs can be kept down, the potential for profit exists. What do you think? Of the two projects, which are you more excited by? Or have you had your fill of both The Mechanic and Stallone’s Expendables efforts?