The Expendables 4 Confirmed, Here's When It's Coming

Stallone and Statham to fight again.


They're not getting any younger, but the veteran action stars of The Expendables look set to return for another movie. Variety have confirmed that The Expendables 4 is set to film next year, for a 2017 release.

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Even though 2014's The Expendables 3 made less than either of its predecessors, a sizeable proportion of the total gross was taken in China. This has led to considerable Chinese investment in a fourth movie, with SSXH Beijing and Max Screen Film Distribution putting more than $25 million into the production.

The disappointing box office performance of The Expendables 3, which starred Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, and Mel Gibson, has been put down to a combination of the film leaking early onto the Internet, and the decision to make it a PG-13 rather than the R rating of the previous films. In an interview with CraveOnline last year, Stallone admitted that it was a mistake to aim for a lower rating.

"I believe it was a horrible miscalculation on everyone's part in trying to reach a wider audience," he said. "And in doing such, diminish the violence that the audience expects. I'm quite certain it won't happen again."

"In an R-rated film it is difficult to believe that none of the heroes die. I personally just believe that the characters become identifiable and their demise could put a dark cloud over an audience exiting the theatre after seeing the film. But that may change in Expendables 4."

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