An action film that starred several veteran actors — including Bruce Willis and Sylvester Stallone — may be made into a television series by Lionsgate, reports Deadline.com. The movie is the 2010 release “The Expendables,” about a team of mercenaries.
And there’s more: Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer is also considering making TV series from the films "Red" and "Step Up," franchises that were bought with Lionsgate’s recent purchase of Summit Entertainment, the story notes.
The idea of a TV series based on the Stallone-directed “The Expendables” — whose cast also includes Dolph Lundgren, Jet Li, Steve Austin, Eric Roberts and Mickey Rourke — is being met with skepticism in some quarters.
"[I]f you listen closely, you can hear the History Channel saying, ‘Us! Us! Pick us! We love old-man stuff!’" notes New York Magazine’s Vulture blog. "[T]he entire point of ‘The Expendables’ is its famous cast — and Sylvester Stallone and Bruce Willis seem like unlikely candidates for television at this point in their careers."
A theatrical sequel to “The Expendables,” with Chuck Norris and Jean-Claude Van Damme among those joining the party, is said to be in post-production for release later this year.