Producer Basil Iwanyk Updates Expendables 2 and Clash of the Titans 2
Posted 09.11.10 by Ryan
At the Toronto Film Festival, ComingSoon spoke with producer Basil Iwanyk, who produced both Clash of the Titans and The Expendables, and discussed the progress on the upcoming sequels. According to Iwanyk, Jonathan Liebesman, who just did this movie Battle: Los Angeles, is directing it. We're on early prep on that. It's a huge movie and we want to do a much better job on it. Listen, we're prideful people and we want to win and the 3D really helped us in a lot of ways, but we also took a lot of heat for it. I think for my own career and my own sense of purpose, I want this movie to rock ... and it will.
As for which characters will return, Iwanyk confirmed that Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, and Gemma Arterton will return, but they will be surrounded by new characters.
I think we learned a lot from the tone of the first one, whether or not it got too serious or got too jokey, and it's a really cool group of guys and three new big roles that I think will be movie stars, and we have high expectations for it, we really really do.
Unlike Clash 2, which has been in the writing stages since May, far less detail could be offered for Expendables 2, considering the original is still in theaters. Nevertheless, Iwanyk says the sequel will arrive sooner than later.
I saw [fellow Expendables producer] Avi Lerner this morning, who deserves all the credit for it. He really went on the line for the movie. He told me, "We're doing a sequel, we're doing it right away." I haven't talked to Sly [Stallone] at all about what's going to happen in the sequel. It's going to rock and you can just imagine in your head who will be in that cast in addition to the people who are there now. But I'm not sure. There's a lot of excitement and I know that Avi and Sly want to go at it as soon as possible.