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Expendabelles Gets A Male Director, We Learn Of An All-Female Delta Force Film


The long-discussed Expendables spinoff, The Expendabelles (you either love that title or hate it), has finally wrangled a director. We were hoping for a lady to lead this all lady team but this gentleman has directed a film we love so we can’t be too mad. Read on to find out who he is, plus details on what could be another badass lady-fighter film. 

Legally Blonde director Robert Luketic is the one charged with making sure some awesome ladies show up those other action stars at the box office. Deadline says, “The move re-teams Luketic with his Legally Blonde scribes Kirsten “Kiwi” Smith and Karen McCullah, who wrote the original screenplay for the female action comedy spinoff.” To be fair, he’s also directed some so-so films but we’re hoping the whole Legally Blonde team will hit one out of the park here. Though we admit, someone like Kathryn Bigelow would have been even cooler.

Just to be clear, this project is not to be confused with another, as-yet-unamed Expendables-like film which actually got the jump on this one for their proposed all-lady action flick. That one has Katee Sackhoff and Gina Carano, The Expendabelles has yet to sign anyone up, though there was a rumor of Meryl Streep being involved.

Deadline writes:

A spokesperson for Millennium Films said that the log line has changed. Here is their new one: The Expendables universe has a new team. An elite group of highly trained female mercenaries are brought together for a covert hostage rescue mission. Once they are behind enemy lines, the women discover that they will also need to topple an evil dictator bent on world domination. It becomes clear there there is no such thing as the right man for the job. The Expendabelles is the ultimate story of female empowerment and kick-ass teamwork.  So, there you go.

Considering the Expendables franchise hosts long-time action talent like Sylvester StalloneBruce Willis, and Arnold Schwarzenegger we’re hoping to see the likes of Zoe BellSigourney Weaver, and Linda Hamilton in Expendabelles.

Meanwhile, we’ve just heard of a new project called The Athena Project, a film meant to showcase Ronda Rousey’s Ultimate Fighting Championship abilities. Empire writes, “it follows a top secret, all-female Delta Force team that carries the titular code name. They’re sent to hunt a master terrorist after a bombing in Rome, but once in the middle of the mission, they discover that there’s much more at play than was originally thought. It’s early days for the project right now: Warners is only now locking in the deal for Brad Thor’s novel, and it still has to find a writer to work on the script.”

Rousey has a role in the upcoming Expendables 3 and Fast & Furious 7.

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  • Steven McDade

    If this was done in the 70s or 80s, it would have been done as a grind house style movie. And my choices are Sigourney Weaver, Linda Hamilton, Sandra Bullock, Geena Davis, Susan Sarandon. They all did some type of action movie.

  • Anonymous

    The whole call girl thing gives me pause. I’m hoping it’s one of those just “Knock them out and take their costumes to sneak into the lair” deals an not something involving gratuitous fanservice.

  • Anonymous

    Has anyone read THE ATHENA PROJECT? From the up-front reviews at Amazon, it sounds exactly opposite of anything I want to see on-screen around women soldiers — poorly written and exploitative towards the female leads.

    That’s not to say the book can’t become an awesome movie, just that it’s a worrisome start.

  • Anonymous

    Yes, someone like Katherine Bigelow would have been awesome, but I’m glad they’re using a male director who knows how to make good movies for women, because let’s be real here. Legally Blonde was DA BOMB. It was a combination of Elle Woods and my older brother going off to an Ivy League school that inspired me to want to do great things with my life (that part is still a work in progress though!).

  • http://runt.org/ Adrian

    I’m wary of Rousey’s involvement in films. I don’t want the fight world to lose her to Hollywood, like they lost Gina Carano.

  • Anonymous

    *ahem* Cynthia Rothrock or NO DEAL. China O’Brien, y’alls.

  • http://www.thenerdybird.com/ Jill Pantozzi

    Here’s hoping them changing that logline means they realized that wouldn’t play well in the actual film.

  • Hawkes006

    I really don’t want there to be two female Expendables movie, because that means we will end up splitting all the awesome actresses across two films instead of one packed awesomefest

  • Anonymous

    Future looks good for fans of female-led action movie! I’m happy!

  • Swash&Buckle

    Eww no, the Athena Project is a male fantasy about tough women. I felt gross reading it. The author COULD NOT introduce a new female character without describing (in weird fetish-like detail) her height, age, breasts, racial history, hair, and where she fit on a scale of “tall and slender” to “tough, muscular, and slender.” I mean, it’s great that he is so pointedly specific and diverse with his cast of supermodels but when I read something describing someone as a 5’11, 26 year old, half-Brazilian, half Ethiopian professional athlete with long legs, warm cocoa skin, small breasts, ice-blue eyes, and dark wavy locks that could never be fully tamed and pulled back, I feel like I have to go take a shower, immediately. Oh, and he would make up random reasons for them being naked, like a wetsuit being so tight and/or scientific that wearing a swimsuit or underwear underneath it would render it useless.
    On another point, I would have been fine with the fact that every single woman out of the twelve or so introduced in the book had no personality other than being tough and badass, but it’s incredibly insulting for the author to say, “so and so is shy, clever, and smart” and then never actually demonstrate those personality quirks.
    However, what I hated the most was the characters’ responses to creepy harassment. At one point some gruff elderly mentor calls one of the women a “tall drink of water” (while licking his lips and looking her up and down) and she responds POSITIVELY, as do the other women present.

    I apologize for the rushed and almost-incoherent rant; I have very strong feelings about this book (if you couldn’t tell…) When I got it as a gift in high school I was so excited to finally read a Jason-Bourne type book starring women. Unfortunately instead of that I got a borderline-pornographic fetish novel that turned the kind of badass female characters I admired into sexy things for men to enjoy.
    I really shouldn’t have been so surprised.

  • http://www.aeryllou.tumblr.com/ Aeryl

    No, more women led movies is awesome. Instead of having all the awesome condensed into one film, there can be so many more awesome films with women.

  • Anonymous

    I didn’t get much out of Expendables or its sequel. My biggest praise for Expendables was probably the indirect observation that “hey, I could be watching a Michael Bay flick right now.” Here is to hoping the Expendabelles is better.

    Also, I hate it. The name that is. Definitely in the hate it camp.

  • T. Delli

    Oh, God, please don’t let them fight against an evil makeup company. Because the fact that there is more than one of those plot lines that are already in pre-existing action media starring women is just sad.

  • Anonymous

    These could all be terrible in one way or another, but I will say that an “Expendabelles” movie that does not have cameos from Diana Rigg and Honor Blackman is a waste of time.

  • Anonymous

    “The Expendabelles” is an amusing title, but at the same time I feel like people will keep getting confused when they talk about it. It’d be easy to misspell/mispronounce that as just “Expendables”.