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There could be a small screen version of The Expendables on the way. It’s one of the movies Lionsgate is looking at turning into a series in the near future, along with Red and Step Up. The 2010 ensemble action film written by and starring Sylvester Stallone surrounded a group of mercenaries given a mission to overthrow a Latin American dictator and could make for an interesting series if it goes forward.
Deadline says that the movie is on the development list for possible TV series, although it wasn’t among those mentioned by John Feltheimer – Lionsgate’s CEO – over the phone with Wall Street analysts last night. The company just released fiscal numbers and is discussing some of the plans for the future.
The Expendables starred Dolph Lundgren, Jet Li, Jason Statham, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, and Mickey Rourke, an impressive cast that would be difficult to replicate on the small screen. They are a group of bikers who also work as elite mercenaries and are sent to deal with a dictator only to find out there’s an ex-CIA agent behind the man who appears to be in power. The film also saw cameo appearances by Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarznegger as part of its homage to the classic action movies of the 80s. It would be interesting to see whether a TV series would aim to do the same, using guest stars from that group of actors.
This is all in the early stages of talks, so it’s hard to say what will happen, but with a sequel to the film due out in theaters this summer, Lionsgate may be looking to expand the brand to television and capitalize on the publicity.