The Avengers of the action genre will live another day, as THR has confirmed that The Expendables 4 is coming in 2018 and will serve as the final installment in the series.
The report doesn’t place much emphasis on the actual announcement of a fourth entry, rather that Splendid Film has nabbed the rights to the film in German-speaking territories in Europe, much like they did with the previous series installments. The company has also acquired Reese Witherspoon’s Home Again, Helen Mirren’s Winchester, Antonio Banderas’ Stoic and John Malkovich’s Unchained, as well as this year’s major Oscar contender Moonlight.
Despite very few details about the film being available at the time, Jason Statham, Arnold Schwarzenegger and, of course, Sylvester Stallone are set to return. It certainly seems likely that a large portion of the cast from The Expendables 3, including Antonio Banderas, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Wesley Snipes, Ronda Rousey and Victor Ortiz, will reprise their roles as well.
The first two Expendables films earned slightly more positive critical praise than the most recent entry in the franchise, although none of which quite lived up to the impossibly high expectations that form when one collects some of the most recognizable action stars ever and throws them into a movie together.
2010’s The Expendables, directed by Stallone, brought in $274 million worldwide and 2012’s The Expendables 2 slightly topped those number, bringing in over $300 million. However, the franchise hit its peak with that installment and even a strong performance in foreign territories for The Expendables 3 couldn’t prevent box office returns from dipping to $214 million.
Although it’s clearly the weakest link in the franchise, The Expendables 3 was nearly saved by a dynamite performance from Mel Gibson’s villain Conrad Stonebanks, who, if the ending of the film has any bearing, unfortunately probably won’t be returning.