Why the movie took so long to finally arrive

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Consumables 4 has been under construction for a very long time. The last entry in the series The Expendables 3 released nearly a decade ago. Between its PG-13 rating – a switch from R rating of The Expendables and The Expendables 2 – and its poor critical and commercial reception, many did not expect that Consumables 4 was not going to happen. Nonetheless, the fourth film eventually entered production in 2021 and wrapped filming in October, officially resurrecting the franchise once again.

Directed by Sylvester Stallone and featuring a cast that included Jason Statham, Bruce Willis, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren and other action movie stars, the Consumables franchise began in 2010 with the release of The Expendableswhich quickly spawned the 2012 sequel The Expendables 2. The second film was an even bigger success than the original, and, just as quickly, The Expendables 3 was released in 2014. Here’s why The Expendables 4 took so long to arrive.

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The franchise had to take a break after The Expendables 3


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The first two additions to The Expendables were huge hits, and the second film in the franchise was particularly popular, becoming one of the biggest box office hits of 2012. The Expendables 3 underperformed and became the franchise’s lowest-grossing film, especially in North America. There have been many theories as to why this film underperformed, however, the most widely accepted was that the film received a lighter PG-13 rating, compared to the previous film’s R rating, which which basically upset fans of the violence and action. heavy franchise. This ultimately damages the film’s reputation, leading to its poor performance, both critically and commercially.


Because of all this, The Expendables 3 is generally considered the weakest addition, especially since it had an outgrown cast and lacked direction in its plot. This immediately interrupted discussions on Consumables 4 as the financial loss of the third film presented a liability for the studio. This decline in the franchise allowed the Consumables team to ultimately reflect on the franchise as a whole, its successes and failures, to better understand how they could successfully move forward.

They wanted to create anticipation


Jason Statham shares his look at his big fight against Iko Uwais in The Expendables 4
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The success of The Expendables has always been rooted in its ensemble cast and ability to build hype with audiences. Consumables 4 worked on this by announcing new faces, such as Tony Jaa and Iko Uwais, which overall increased anticipation levels. They are both excellent martial artists who have found success in films such as Head shot. Fans of action movies and cinema in general will feel heightened anticipation from these additions. After the poor performance of the previous film, anticipation is one of the best things the production can do to ensure that they don’t repeat previous mistakes, making their decisions after careful consideration and not rushing the project in order to achieve monetary goals.


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They wanted to make sure the cast and the story were right


The Expendables 2
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After much waiting, Consumables 4 was announced with a 2022 release date. One of the most important considerations was that the casting had to be right. Jason Statham, Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger will reprise their roles, while Tony Jaa has been cast in an undisclosed role. The plot will primarily revolve around Statham’s character, Lee Christmas. The production budget would be $70 million.

Of course, the threat of the long-awaited time for the franchise’s latest addition is that the filmmakers could potentially be in the position that got them into trouble in the first place, riding a wave of nostalgia and with no real direction for the game. new additions, we hope the right considerations were made for casting and writing, which, in turn, means the new movie could definitely be a hit.



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