Although the success of The Expendables supposedly proved that there is interest in seeing ’80s action stars return to the big screen, the failure of both The Last Stand and Bullet to the Head would seem to indicate that fans are only interested if there are a bunch of them together in one movie. The upcoming Stallone / Schwarzenegger film The Tomb (recently retitled to Escape Plan) will likely give a definitive answer on this when it hits theatres in September. The success of that movie could help determine whether or not we will see a third Expendables film, although it sounds like Stallone is already banking on it happening. We’ve already heard some casting rumours floating around, but now Stallone is hinting at a possible director for the project. Would you believe… Mel Gibson?
The news comes straight from Stallone himself, although at this point it is difficult to say how serious he is. He took to Twitter a few days ago and initially polled his followers for their thoughts on Mel Gibson directing The Expendables 5. Then he followed it up with the following tweet:
No , I was kiddiing about , but seriously , what about Mel Gibson directing EXPENDABLES 3?Opinions anyone ?Curious…..
— Sylvester Stallone (@TheSlyStallone) April 11, 2013
I think we can all agree that Mel Gibson would be an inspired choice to direct this movie, but whether or not he would actually consider it is the bigger question. He doesn’t seem to have a whole lot going on right now and I’m sure a lot of people are still afraid to cast him in anything. Getting back behind the camera could be a good move for him. At any rate, it sounds like Stallone himself has no plans to direct the next Expendables flick himself. Would you like to see Mel Gibson direct The Expendables 3?