Whilst the financiers are blaming pirates and a leaked screener for the failure of the third “The Expendables” film, the franchise’s creator Sylvester Stallone seems a bit more clued in.
Attempts were made with the third film to broaden the appeal of the franchise, namely by including a bunch of younger cast members and changing over to a PG-13 rating from an R. Stallone now believes that the ratings change was a big mistake. He tells Crave Online:
“Absolutely unequivocally yes. I believe it was a horrible miscalculation on everyone’s part in trying to reach a wider audience, but in doing such, diminish the violence that the audience expects. I’m quite certain it won’t happen again.”
Despite the third film earning $100 million less than the second, another instalment in the series is still planned. In fact, this one may be more ‘out there’ than expected:
“I have actually entertained the idea of putting the group into such an unnatural environment that it, in an of itself, creates extra suspense and tension: the ‘fish out of water’ scenario. That environment might not be time travel, but nearly just as jarring.”
Stallone was also asked about the possibility of one of the key Expendables team dying considering that the key members from the first are pretty much still kicking by the third film’s end:
“This is a big conflict for me because in an R-rated film it is difficult to believe that none of the heroes die. I personally just believe that the characters become identifiable and their demise could put a dark cloud over an audience exiting the theatre after seeing the film. But that may change in Expendables 4.”