Simon West to Direct Expendables 2
Posted 06.16.11 by Ryan
Lionsgate has finally found a director for its upcoming The Expendables 2 in Simon West (Con Air), Deadline reports. West recently directed the remake of The Mechanic with Expendables star Jason Statham.
Sylvester Stallone co-wrote and directed the action star-filled, first Expendables, which was released last year and grossed $274 million worldwide. Stallone opted against directing the sequel and instead worked on the script with screenwriters Ken Kaufman (Space Cowboys) and David Agosto. What the sequel is about is unknown. A plot synopsis was released in May via the sequel's production company — which had the Expendables avenging the death of an old friend — but Stallone refuted the synopsis, announcing that the "real storyline will be forthcoming."
Those details could come to light soon now that West has been hired. Lionsgate has already set an August 17, 2012 release date for Expendables 2, and production is set to start this summer, meaning that plot details can't be far behind. Stallone and Statham are expected to return, and Jet Li, Terry Crews, Dolph Lundgren and the rest of the Expendables gang are likely to join.