‘The Expendables’ Heading to TV?
That certainly seems like a possibility. 'The Expendables' - a star-studded, action-packed film, which already has a sequel on the way, scheduled for August, might very well be hitting the small screen next.
Deadline reports that during a conference call with Wall Street analysts this morning, CEO of Lionsgate Jon Feltheimer ran down a list of possible TV series. Among those names were 'Red' and 'Step Up,' properties acquired by the company when they purchased Summit Entertainment.
While 'The Expendables' wasn't on that list, it was mentioned at some point, though Deadline's details seem rather vague.
It doesn't seem that likely, considering the star power involved includes big names like Jason Statham and Jet Li, guys you wouldn't typically find on TV. Sylvester Stallone could be a possibility, now that his hey-day is over, and many other names -- Eric Roberts, Dolph Lundgren, Steve Austin, Randy Couture, and Chuck Norris, who'll be featured in the sequel -- are already familiar with the television format in one way or another.
'Step Up' seems like a no-brainer as a TV concept -- the plot is elastic enough, as long as you keep the dancing gimmick in place. 'Red,' like 'Expendables,' is harder to imagine as a television series -- mostly because, again, it features big names that aren't likely to take what they might consider to be a step back.
This is all conjecture, and though Deadline has proven pretty reliable with these vague sources in the past, these were simply ideas floated by a CEO to try and capitalize on existing properties -- not guarantees.