Female Expendables In Development
With The Expendables 2 topping this weekend’s box office, you can guarantee that producers are already asking themselves, “How can we make more money off of this?” How about by banking on the past few decades of increasingly empowered and badass female action heroes? Executive producer Adi Shankar is doing just that, confirming development of an all-female Expendables, according to Variety. Yep, it’s the “Expenda-Belles.”
The article states that the company “is already in talks with several prominent actresses affiliated with the action genre.” Relative newcomer Dutch Southern is reported to be scripting the project.
Shankar has had his ups and downs producing action films, though he certainly has experience by now. Last winter’s The Grey was a gripping, bloody, and even poetic action flick (in spite of it’s unrealistic portrayal of wolves), while Machine Gun Preacher fizzled both critically and at the box office. But with both the upcoming Dredd and Killing Them Softly with Brad Pitt, Shankar’s star could rise even higher.
Most importantly though, everyone is wondering who would join the cast of such a dream team. I’d love to see representatives from the (arguably) first, if campy, generation of female action stars like Pam Grier or Linda Carter, the original Wonder Woman; and the next wave of 80s and 90s stars like Linda Hamilton and Sigourney Weaver who really brought a gritty edge to the part. (Of course, it would be unfair to exclude Dolph Lundgren‘s Rocky IV counterpart, Brigitte Nielsen). More recently, any number of stars could be considered: Matrix stars Carrie Anne Moss and Jada Pinkett Smith, Lucy Lawless of Xena fame, Angelina Jolie, Mila Jovovich, Zhang Ziyi, Jennifer Garner, and Gina Carano; even indie darling Parker Posey leaped a few rooftops as superhero Fay Grimm.
Who’s in your dream cast for the female Expendables?