BJJ Addict interviewed Randy Couture recently, and he had a few interesting things to say. You can see the video below. If you want the Expendables news skip ahead to about the 3:00 mark.
He mostly says what you’d expect, he enjoyed filming the sequel and hanging out with they guys again. Then he drops a little nugget that made me pause and rewind. He said Expendables 3 will start shooting in the Fall of this year. This is the first I’m hearing of this. I’m sure Stallone has considered the possibility of a third film, but I assumed he and the studio would want to wait and see what the box office take on EX2 is. It’s not exactly a sure thing, especially with this PG-13 thing floating around.
If Couture is correct and they are indeed going to begin production this year, that means they’ll start filming barely a month after EX2 is released. At that point they’ll know for sure if the box office returns on it warrant a third outing, but it also means the script is either being written now, or has been written. Most likely the former.
This is by no means a sure thing. Couture could simply be referring to something Stallone said about when he would like to start shooting; a best case scenario or even just a wishful thinking type of thing.
We’ll keep you posted and let you know if anyone else involved in the film confirms or denies this.
Thanks to Der Prasiden for giving us a heads up on this.
Expendables 2 opens August 17th.