Actor Sylvester Stallone gets down to work on the screenplay for The Expendables 4 in London while in a restaurant, as he prepares to start filming the sequel.
Sylvester Stallone is in London to film Consumables 4 and worked on the script over dinner. Stallone created The Expendables in 2010 as an action franchise that attempts to reclaim the genre in its nostalgic heyday. The series has since had two sequels, which have brought together a variety of stars from the action genre, including Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Harrison Ford, Wesley Snipes, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Antonio Banderas, Terry Crews, Dolph Lundgren, Chuck Norris, Mel Gibson and Jason Statham, among others.
Consumables 4 should be directed by Scott Waugh (Need of speed) and will again star Stallone, Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren and Randy Couture from the original cast, with newcomers to the series being Andy Garcia, 50 Cent, Megan Fox and Tony Jaa. The first two films in the series recorded solid box office revenues, but Consumables 3, who was the first to be ranked PG-13 and attract a batch of young stars, did not fare as well. The script for the fourth film is by Spenser Cohen, with revisions by John Joseph Connolly and Max Adams, but it looks like Stallone is getting into the action as well.
In a recent Instagram post, Sylvester stallone shared a video recorded by a young woman (presumably her daughter, who is also in London) who saw the star in the action sitting in a posh London restaurant with a manuscript in her hand. The actor is asked what he does, to which he replies that he is working on a stage with Jason Statham for Consumables 4, that they will shoot the next day and that they “I have to get it right.” Stallone’s table mate reminds him that they are “a bit in the middle of dinner” to which Stallone says he will eat his words and that she can eat bread. It’s a fun exchange and it shows that Stallone isn’t the type to take a break, even for dinner, when making a movie. Watch the video below:
It is not clear if Consumables 4 is a sequel or spinoff, as it was rumored that the next film in the series would focus on Statham’s character, Lee Christmas. It may still be, but no one has made it clear one way or another. Given that the original cast members are back, it looks like the next movie could go on as usual. The trend of bringing in established big-name stars is also in effect, with Garcia, Fox and Jaa joining the film. It is likely that there will be more names announced at the start of production and more details will unveil.
Stallone is no stranger to dedicating himself to his job when he’s in the middle of it, so his post comes as no surprise. The actor spent three days locked in his apartment in the late 1970s with his phone unplugged and the windows painted black to block out distractions so he could complete the script for a short boxing movie titled Rocky. Today, 45 years later, Stallone is still working on scripts; this time for another franchise he is creating. This time around, however, the star isn’t as locked in as before, as he’s allowed himself to at least go out to dinner, while still staying in the zone. Consumables 4 should be released sometime in 2022.
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