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What's with the name?

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Not a Misprint

There’s a Second Female Expendables Movie in the Works. Called The ExpendaBelles. No, Really.

After finding themselves beaten to the punch by the Expendables-inspired action flick starring Gina Carano and Katee Sackhoff, Millennium Films, the studio behind the original Expendables, has announced their own official spinoff about a team of female mercenaries… called The ExpendaBelles.

Seriously. I could not make that up if I tried.

The film is being penned by Legally Blonde writers Karen McCullah Lutz and Kirsten Smith, and while the pair’s comedy roots coupled with the title (oh God, that title) would seem to indicate we’re looking at a Scary Movie-esque satire where the team will have to sneak into an enemy base using elaborate disguises created with only everyday makeup à la Zoolander, the basic description makes it sound like Millennium is playing it straight. According to Deadline, The ExpendaBelles will be a “spinoff action film that will show the feminine side of the mercenary business” and will hopefully (hopefully for Millennium, anyway) kickstart its own franchise.

Honestly, I don’t know what to think about this. On the one hand, can you ever really have too many films about ladies kicking butt? On the other hand, the “feminine side” of the mercenary business? I don’t like the sound of that. And the title’s not making me hopeful. It conjures up images of Belle from Beauty and the Beast wielding an AK-47. (I’d totally see that, by the way.) But titles change all the time. Get a better title and a good cast, and this could turn out well. It’s too early to say.

But can the Carano-starring female The Expendables call dibs on Sigourney Weaver? Please?

(via: Indiewire)

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  • Anonymous

    First off, this news could open a whole can of worms for folks who have no tact, and these ladies are the last ones you want to lose your tact in front of. That being said, I’ll keep it simple! The short and sweet synopsis for the first movie will be to get the group back together and track down the idiot that came up with that title!

  • Anonymous

    I don’t understand the aprehension. This makes me think of a very Black Widow a la Avengers which I’m totally cool with. In fact, that imagery makes me want to see it more and I’ve never had any interest in anything Expendables related.

  • Kev Tomes

    feminine side of the mercenary business”

    Oh, fuck – this is going to be Charlie’s Angels all over again, isn’t it?

  • Hunter Johnson

    Sigouney Weaver, Linda Hamilton, Lucy Lawless, Angelina Jolie, Cynthia Rothrock, Michelle Yeoh, Gina Torres, Summer Glau, Sarah Michelle Gellar?

  • Rebecca Pahle

    I wonder how they’ll split the pool of kick-ass actresses between films. I’d rather have one mega-Lady Expedables with ALLLL these awesome ladies. But what can you do?

  • Vintango

    I actually love that title, I mean, it’s so obvious it would be a crime NOT to use it. It’s pun-tastic, but I’ve already heard so many people using it (in a positive way) so I’m glad they officially embraced it. I seriously hope it’s not a parody film though…this is such a perfect opportunity to highlight all the awesome female action stars out there, it would be a shame if it was just treated like a joke.

    Maybe I shouldn’t get my hopes up…

  • Matt Graham

    I knew about the ExpendaBelles, I just thought that the Carano movie was that project. Huh.

  • Adam R. Charpentier

    Originality is for dweebs and poor people. Let’s make the Expendables again but with women! And then we’ll remake Death At a Funeral but with black people and Peter Dinklage still! And then we’ll remake Steel Magnolias but with black people! Man, I am so smart. Just give me all the monies.

  • Anonymous

    It might not be that good …

  • Ashe P. Samuels

    No lie, I actually said, “Are you shitting me?” out loud when I read the title.

    That sounds like a name for a cheap make-up line. “Try Expendabelles! For when you want beauty without the price!”

    I mean, I agree, we are sorely in need of more women-led action movies (and I am still dancing with joy that it’ll be lead by Gina Carano. Sigourney Weaver better be next!), but with a title like that, it’s another step backwards. Can’t have women in anything without making it “”””appropriately feminine”"”"”’. Expendables sounds pretty neutral. Expendabelles? Not so much.

    I’m reminded of those silly pink pens ‘FOR LADIES’ that caused a stir a while back.

  • Rebecca Pahle

    Nope, The ExpendaBelles is the official Expendables spinoff by the same company. The Gina Carano one is by another studio. Makes you wonder how it is that the original studio didn’t start their version first.

  • Anonymous

    Pam Grier Pam Grier Pam Grier Pam Grier Pam Grier Pam Grier Pam Grier Pam Grier and Pam Grier.

    Obsessed? Me?

  • Victoria Eden

    ExpendaBelles is the insane Funny or Die spoof of The Expendables. Not a real movie. How could a studio green light that?

  • Crimson Tear

    I’m still waiting for the Star Trek remake with elves visiting a human settlement via ship to help them with their trek across the sea with stars to guide them. Visiting strange new worlds and civilizations (dwarves, hobbits, fairies dark elves, vampires, werewolves, etc). To boldly go where no human has gone before.

  • Crimson Tear

    Perhaps this will be a fantasy/disney based action movie and Belle will actually be the leading lady, much like Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters. Belle, Snow White, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty as the lead characters. That way they can spoof multiple franchises at once!

  • Adam R. Charpentier

    That’s not a bad idea (in the sense that it would make shit loads of money), repopulating Star Trek with the cast of LotR. You could call it Star Wars.

  • Magic Xylophone

    I’ve only seen her in Jackie Brown, but that was enough to make me a believer.

  • Magic Xylophone

    That picture is priceless.

  • electrasteph

    Coffy. It’s worth it, believe me.

  • Magic Xylophone

    Thanks, I’ll try it!

  • Rebecca Pahle


  • Matt Graham

    Agreed. I had heard of the ExpendaBelles a month or so ago, and when I saw the Carano casting, I thought it was the same project, minus the kitschy title. Ah well, as a longtime fan of femme fatales like Elektra and Domino (X-Force, not Knightley), I hope this project plays it straight.

  • Matt Graham

    I’d love to see Gellar again. She was rad in that zombie game cameo in Black Ops.

  • Dez Grant

    Kate Beckinsale, Linda Hamilton, Rene Russo, Lucy Liu, Milla Jovovich, Uma Thurman, Pam Grier, Lucy Lawless, Rhona Mitra, Gina Carano, with Sigourney Weaver, and Angelina Jolie