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Though he didn't direct the sequel, the fact of the matter is that 'The Expendables' movies, for better or worse, have always been the baby of action movie icon Sylvester Stallone. With the sequel, Stallone added even more big names to the already bursting roster that characterized the first one. In preparation for 'The Expendables 3,' Sly has been teasing even more big names to join the team, some of whom have even since been confirmed. One name mentioned early on was Mel Gibson. Now it seems Stallone might be considering Gibson for more than just a cameo or even starring role. If Sly's Twitter account is to believed, he may have eyes on Mel to direct the third installment of the franchise. First he joked about Gibson directing 'Expendables 5,' but then he got serious for a second and asked a rather intriguing question...
"No , I was kiddiing about , but seriously , what about Mel Gibson directing EXPENDABLES 3? Opinions anyone ? Curious....."
Now, it's possible that Stallone is simply idling away his Thursday in hypothetical questions and that there is no plan on paper or anywhere else. However, he does raise an interesting scenario. If Sly is really thinking of not re-enlisting Simon West to direct this one, and no one would shed a tear seeing West go, why not hand over the reins to Gibson? For the time being, let's forgo the discussion of Gibson's moral shortcomings. Yes, he's done some deplorable things in his personal life, and no, there is no excuse for it. But speaking strictly in terms of his skill set as a director, he would make a terrific replacement for West. He's already helmed two films with epic-scale action sequences, one of which netted him an Academy Award. Frankly, I think what this series could use is someone who understands visual story progression and not just how to make stuff explode. A changing of the guard at the director position would be a breath of fresh air for the franchise, and Mel Gibson is a fascinating choice to take over.
What do you guys think? Would you see a Mel Gibson-directed 'Expendables?' Do you think Sly is really considering him?