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If you’re a fan of the Sylvester Stallone action adventure film series The Expendables, you’ve probably been waiting on new information about the TV show based on it that’s been in the works since 2012. Well, we’ve got some news for you that might make you feel better; the show is currently being shopped around to networks and digital distributors.
According to Deadline, The Expendables, which had been in development at FOX and meant to air on the network this past TV season, is currently up for grabs now that FOX has passed on the show. As some added good news, one of the people working to secure a home for series, Shane Brennan, has recently stepped down as showrunner for the series he created, NCIS: Los Angeles, meaning that he’ll have more time to work on the shows he has in development. Brennan has also re-signed his deal with CBS TV Studios so he can focus on development of new projects, including The Expendables. The show is a co-production between Lionsgate TV and CBS TV Studios.
When Sylvester Stallone wrote and directed the first of The Expendables movies, it’s unlikely that he knew what he would start. The film focused on a team of elite mercenaries who carry out various dangerous missions across the globe, and are charged with overthrowing a Latin American dictator. The 2010 movie only received middling reviews from most critics, but audiences loved the film. The Expendables was made for around $270 million dollars, and ended up making more than $786 million at the worldwide box office. Along with Stallone, the film featured current action stars and those from the ‘80s and ‘90s, including Jason Statham, Jet Li, Terry Crews and Dolph Lundgren.
Because of the huge success of the original film, there have been sequels in 2012 and 2014, with a third sequel planned for next year, and an all female version, currently titled The ExpendaBelles, has been in the works since 2012. The Expendables has managed to continue to nab a wide array of action movie greats, with actors like Wesley Snipes, Harrison Ford, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Chuck Norris, Jean-Claude Van Damme and Mel Gibson making appearances. Meanwhile, the female-led film has negotiated with actresses such as Milla Jovovich, Cameron Diaz and Meryl Streep to be in the movie.
Considering the money-making status of the films this show, which is being billed as an “event series,” will be based on it’s almost a sure bet that The Expendables will land somewhere, whether it be on a traditional network, cable or a digital distributor like Netflix. We’ll keep you up to date on all the latest news related to The Expendables, but until it hits the air, you can keep up with your TV viewing by checking out our summer television schedule.