A decade ago, Sylvester Stallone assembled a group of action legends to play a team of elite mercenaries known as The Expendables. The movie, co-starring Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren and Randy Couture, spawned two sequels in 2012 and 2014 respectively. The trilogy has even attracted the likes of Bruce Willis, Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Chuck Norris.
The Expendables 4 has been in the works for the best part of the last decade, with former James Bond actor Pierce Brosnan even supposedly being set to appear.
While around the release of the last outing, Stallone said he was interested in convincing Jack Nicholson and Clint Eastwood to take roles.
However, around March 2017, Stallone had left the fourth movie over creative differences but returned to the project a year later.
And now Toll Road star Randy Couture has given an exciting update on The Expendables 4.
Speaking with The Jenna Ben Show, Couture said that a new script is in the works, but also that shooting on The Expendables 4 is set to start sooner than some fans may have thought.
The 57-year-old said: “It sounds like we’re gonna get to do [The Expendables 4]. “They’ve been kicking it around for a couple of years now but I’ve just recently heard from my agent that they’re working on the script for [The Expendables 4] and they’re planning to schedule filming of Expendables 4 for this next fall.
“So I haven’t seen the script yet. They had one a couple years ago that they were talking about making Expendables 4 out of and then [the previous script] comes away, you just never know, it’s such a weird business sometimes…”
Aside from The Expendables 4, some of the franchise’s 1980s action stars have been making sequels to their classic movies.
Most recently, Stallone starred in a fifth and final Rambo movie in 2019’s Rambo: Last Blood.
While the 74-year-old has reprised his Rocky Balboa in two Creed movies to date, although says he won’t be back for Michael B Jordan’s third outing.
A sixth Die Hard movie is yet to come to pass, but Bruce Willis reprised John McClane last Christmas for a car battery advert.
Then there’s Harrison Ford’s Indiana Jones 5, set for release in July 2022, when the star will be 80-years-old.
Additionally, Mel Gibson and Danny Glover’s Lethal Weapon 5 is still in the works, 23 years after the fourth outing.
Speaking with GMA last year, Gibson said: “Absolutely. The man who was behind all of that, the man who brought it to the screen and gave it the goodies is working on it right now, Richard Donner. He’s a legend.”
The 90-year-old director helmed the first four Lethal Weapon movies and despite his impressive age shows no sign of stopping.