Producer Avi Lerner has announced that Meryl Streep, Cameron Diaz and Milla Jovovich are in talks to star in his all-female spin-off of the successful "The Expendables" franchise for at his Millennium/New Image studio.
"Expendabelles" is expected to begin in early 2014 in Bulgaria. All that's known of the story is that the women will take on a villain in the small South-East Asian sovereignty of Brunei, one of the wealthiest countries on Earth. Lerner says:
"The action movie will be spectacular - and in nothing inferior to the three male movies of the The Expendables.
There will be battles, special and visual effects and stunts - the spectacle will be equivalent to what Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Statham, Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson, Bruce Willis and Jean-Claude Van Damme have done.
Two excellent screenwriters (Karen McCullah Lutz and Kirsten Smith) are already working on the picture. Now we are in search of a female director."
Negotiations are already underway with other actresses for roles. Lerner, Mark Gill, Julie Kroll and Heidi Jo Markel will produce.