Simon West (Con Air, The Mechanic, The General’s Daughter) will be directing Expendables 2, the sequel to the 2010 surprise hit action film, according to Deadline.
All the key actors from the first film are expected to be back for the sequel, which include: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Terry Crews, and Mickey Rourke.
Sylvester Stallone who acted in, wrote, and directed the first film had been on a long search for a director for the sequel once he decided he would not be directing the film himself. Stallone has a pretty strong and vocal fan base it will be interesting to hear what they think about his choice of director.
The first film was a “men on a mission” style story which follows a group of mercenaries as they travel to a South American island to assassinate a evil dictator.
The Expendables was a big hit for Lionsgate, making $102,981,571 domestically and $275 million worldwide. Lionsgate will also be releasing the sequel sometime in 2012.