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Stallone’s “Expendables” sequel gets release date

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Lionsgate has announced that its planned sequel to Sylvester Stallone’s “Expendables” is targeting a similar release date … just a few years later.

The sequel, which has writers but no director (yet), will arrive in theaters on Aug. 17, 2012. The bulk of the cast is expected to return, though Stallone has said he will not direct this time out. No idea why. In fact, if I were placing a bet, I’d say Sly is back behind the camera by the time “Expendables 2” begins to shoot.

As for now, story details are being kept under wraps. The rumors had Bruce Willis’ “Expendables” character returning in a larger, villainous role, though at this stage, it’s all guesses, and anything is possible.

The first “Expendables” earned nearly $275 million at the global box office, so a sequel was inevitable. We’ll see what Stallone and crew can come up with.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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