In the sort of news that will horrify box office purists the world over, it seems that one of the modern world's most '80s-like movie franchises — and, of late, one of its least profitable in the United States — will be heading back to theaters in the near future. That's right, fight fans, #TheExpendables franchise is set to continue in the near future, despite the third installment in the series only making a paltry $39 million at the US box office. It seems that the film's far stronger foreign haul of $175 million has proven decisive, though, as THR is now reporting that #TheExpendables4 is not only underway, but has already managed to have its German rights sold.
There might just be a grey cloud on that particular horizon, though. Y'see...
'The Expendables 4' Is Happening, But It'll Be The Franchise's Finale
Yup, that's right. It seems that #SylvesterStallone and co. will be using The Expendables 4 as a last hurrah or sorts, with the film's anticipated 2018 release set to mark the end of a franchise that has more or less run the gamut of popular opinion and box office fortune. Where once it looked set to become a shiny new mega-franchise, The Expendables 3's box office frailty back in 2014 looked to have killed the series off for good.
That, though, never quite seemed to be Stallone's style — this is Rocky Balboa we're talking about, after all — making this final comeback perhaps a little less surprising than it might otherwise have been. Whether it proves a happy reunion — either within the film, or at the box office — very much remains to be seen. After all, the film hasn't even begun production yet.
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