The Expendables franchise appears to be the gift that keeps on giving (we’re yet to decide whether that’s a good or bad thing) – with the Fox network this week announcing plans for an event series based on the multi-million dollar films.
Sylvester Stallone is set to co-produce alongside original producer Avi Lerner, and Shan Brennan - creator of hit CBS procedural NCIS: Los Angeles - will steer as the show runner. The show is predicted to be designed in a similar way to last year’s 24: Live Another Day and this year’s Heroes Reborn, which averaged about 12 episodes.
Although the films have been progressively getting more… well, expendable … we’re hoping the proposed show’s saving grace will be the network’s choice of ‘legendary TV action stars’ who are recruited as the “highly skilled
elders heroes on a mission to stop a dangerous terrorist.” (Deadline)
The casting process has not yet begun, and it’s still to be determined if Stallone will cameo or reprise his role as leader Barney Ross. But the TV realm offers up a limitless number of potential stars, with some current favourites ranging from Tom Selleck (Magnum P.I.) and Keifer Sutherland (24), to Lucy Lawless (Xena: Warrior Princess) and Jennifer Garner (Alias).
A fourth and fifth film instalment, as well as a female branch labelled The ExpendaBelles (geddit?), are also in the works.
So is this spin-off really a good idea? Or have you seen enough of the crime-fighting ensemble for one life-time? It seems only time will tell – but we say “Bring it, Happy Feet!”