updated - July 16, 2019 Tuesday EDT
News about the highly anticipated all-female "Expendables" spin-off movie "ExpendaBelles" has been really slow recently.
But according to Sylvester Stallone, creator of the action-packed franchise, everything is still set and the spin-off is going to pursue.
In an interview with IGN, Sly candidly talked about the all-female spin-off of "Expendables," explaining why the project is taking too long.
"There are all these things we're trying concoct so that when we do it, it doesn't just languish there... it's not just a use of the name but actually something that would hold its own," the 68-year-old veteran action star explained.
In addition, Sylvester Stallone also managed to discuss his thoughts on a possible plot details of the project.
"With The Expendabelles, we're in uncharted waters," he said told the press.
"To put all women together, will that really work? Do you have to put in some women that are actually really known to be tough - other MMA fighters [like Ronda Rousey who appears in The Expendables 3]? Or are the Expendabelles really part of a divorce, with Sigourney Weaver as my wife and she's inherited half of the Expendables?"
Continuing, "It's like, I've got to deal with that too, I lost the house and my mercenaries."
But the Sigourney Weaver story might have to be scrapped since the "queen of action movies" haver reportedly "passed on starring in 'The Expendables' spin-off 'ExpendaBelles,'" The Hollywood Reporter claimed.
Cinema Blend added that 65-year-old Hollywood star's busy schedule would make it impossible for her to do the spin-off.
And while Stallone mentioned MMA fighters in the all-female spin-off to which Gina Carano was instantly linked to the movie, Henry Cavill's ex-girlfriend vehemntly denied his involvement in the "ExpendaBelles."
"I was never attached to the female Expendables, it's just something like people put my name in there and then everyone thought it was truth," Carano explained, adding that she'll be doing a project with producer Adi Shankar (Dredd, The Grey) that may have a similar female-heavy action vibe.
The casting problems got fans worried, however, Sly assured fans that he's determined to keep the franchise going no matter what.
"We'd like to just continue," he explained. "It's an ongoing experiment. You have a great franchise in the 'Avengers' where you can branch off and do other things. Ideally, I would love to see some of these characters, like Antonio Banderas's Galgo or the young Expendables, go off and do their own movies. I know that's maybe a pipe dream, but then you come together for the big festival of violence or the great challenge of whoever the villain is [in the main film series].
Adding, "I could definitely see one and a half, at least, maybe two more. You never know. But [with] the third one... I've always found that when I started doing films that were a franchise I was ridiculed for it - we all were. But I was always intrigued by television - how can they do ten years of the same character in the same location? And yet you watch it. But you do one film and you go, 'Oh that's the end'. Some films are designed like that but other films, you have characters that continue to grow and manifest different personality changes."
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