Thursday, November 26, 2015

'The ExpendaBelles' reboots Stallone's hyper-masculine 'Expendables' with all-female cast

Let's get one thing out the way right now: The Expendables was bad. Not good-bad, as in "I can't wait to hate this movie" good. But bad-bad, like "Oh, god, please let this end." So, it should follow that that film's estrogen-laden counterpart, The ExpendaBelles, ought to be similarly bad. But, still, they're making it.

‘The ExpendaBelles’ reboots Stallone’s hyper-masculine ‘Expendables’ with all-female cast


Let’s get one thing out the way right now: The Expendables was bad. Not good-bad, as in “I can’t wait to hate this movie” good. But bad-bad, like “Oh, god, please let this end.” So, it should follow that that film’s estrogen-laden counterpart, The ExpendaBelles, ought to be similarly bad. But, still, they’re moving forward with it.

Set to start shooting this summer, The ExpendaBelles is an action-comedy affair penned by Legally Blonde writers Karen McCullah and Kirsten Smith. Similar, Legally Blonde director Robert Luketic has signed on to the film as well. Evidently, the movie revolves around what happens when the Navy SEALs are all somehow killed trying to infiltrate the lair of a supervillain. 

So, naturally, the US Governent decides to send in their most deadly female operatives to dethrone the dictator and bring peace back to the land. If the tagline on this one isn’t “Never send a man to do a woman’s job,” please don’t see it.

Oddly enough, Sylvester Stallone will be producing this one. However, the stars haven’t been worked out just yet, with producers saying they’re considering Cameron Diaz, Milla Jovovich, and Meryl Streep for the lead role. 

Overall, it looks like The ExpendaBelles is harkening back to the golden era of 70s grindhouse, putting female characters in otherwise male leads to counteract the hypermasculine state of Hollywood films. Which, to be fair, is a noble goal that’s long overdue in reaching achievement. Still, though, it seems smarter just to let The Expendables wallow in increasing obscurity rather than call out its most obvious flaws.

Unless, of course, they can snag someone like Sigourney Weaver for the lead. Either way, expect this one out sometime in 2015.


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