Female Version of ‘The Expendables’ Moves Forward

Dutch Southern has been attached to write the script for an all-female adventure, based on the popular action franchise.

An all-female version of The Expendables is coming together
An all-female version of The Expendables is coming together
Producer Adi Shankar is moving forward on an untitled action-thriller in the same vein as this weekend's The Expendables 2, only with an all-female cast.

Screenwriter Dutch Southern has come aboard to write the script. No story details were given, except that it will be inspired by Sylvester Stallone's The Expendables franchise. Adi Shankar will produce through his 1984 Private Defense Contractors company, which is also fully financing the project. The company has financed recent movies such as The Grey, Machine Gun Preacher, Killing Them Softly, and Broken City.

This year has seen a number of female-driven action vehicles, such as Gina Carano's Haywire, Kristen Stewart's Snow White and the Huntsman and Lionsgate's blockbuster adaptation The Hunger Games. It is also worth noting that The Expendables 2 features a female team member, played by Nan Yu.

No production schedule was given. The production company is currently discussing the project with a number of unidentified actresses, although it isn't known if they plan on recruiting a female director as well.

The Expendables was released August 13th, 2010 and stars Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Eric Roberts, Randy Couture, Steve Austin, David Zayas. The film is directed by Sylvester Stallone.

Sources: Variety

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  1. WonderWomyn

    My favorite list would be: Helen Mirren, Sigourney Weaver, Jamie Lee Curtis, Angelina Jolie, Kate Beckinsale, Charlize Theron, Milla Jovavich, and Lucy Liu. Linda Hamilton, Michelle Rodriguez and Zoe Saldana can have smaller, but also important, roles. If a sequel happens then you can add others like Uma Thurman, Angela Bassett, Gina Carrano, Sharon Stone, and Demi Moore.

    3 years agoby @wonderwomyn74Flag

  2. Vanboy

    @Justhim_sir, Yes, bring them on. That would kick ass for sure!

    3 years agoby @vanboyFlag

  3. Justhim_sir

    With all the females you guys named there weren't any black actress named, and there has been a black female in some of these action movies, so let me but a few black female in the mix; Angela Bassett, Gabrielle Union, and Kerry Washington.

    3 years agoby @justhim-sirFlag


    @SherlockHolmes2009 not a fan... I think if they are going to want to do females like this, it needs to be in The Expendables 3... The Expendables 2 left it open for females to join!!!

    3 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  5. jasdjqs

    I want to see this

    3 years agoby @jasdjqsFlag

  6. Lastwerdz

    If Stallone managed to get Schwarzenegger,Chuck Norris and Van Damme in the same movie then this one MUST have Sigourney Weaver,Linda Hamilton and Uma Thurman

    3 years agoby @lastwerdzFlag

  7. Rudy

    @cupid LOL

    3 years agoby @rudyFlag

  8. Rudy

    Linda Hamilton from Terminator with a shotgun
    Rose McGowan from Grindhouse with a machine gun
    Carrie-Ann Moss from Matrix with whatever
    Sigourney Weaver from Alien with a machine gun
    Milla Jovavich from Resident Evil with a machine gun
    Kate Beckinsale from underworld with whatever
    Uma Thurman from Kill Bill with a Katana
    and MAYBE Bridget Fonda

    3 years agoby @rudyFlag

  9. darkdream

    oh i hope they get Geena Davis, Natalie Portman, and Julia Roberts that would be sweet

    3 years agoby @darkdreamFlag

  10. darkdream

    ok the expendables with all the best male actions stars was cool...but a female version well that is f*cking awesome hot chicks sweating holding big ass guns and shooting up the place hell yes

    3 years agoby @darkdreamFlag

  11. Vanboy

    Catherine Deneuve!? WTF! Hey, why not add Meg Ryan, Tia Leoni, Goldie Hawn, and Liv Tyler.

    3 years agoby @vanboyFlag

  12. Vanboy

    Yes but @mr. Fixit, remeber Weaver did do that sexy underwear strip at the end of Alien. And she was sexy in Ghostbusters. Just messing with you. I agree with what you said. Those suggestions were pretty lame. If those stars were in an action flick like the The Expendables, they'd probably be too worried that they'd break a nail or toss their hair around too much and wouldn't get anything filmed.

    3 years agoby @vanboyFlag

  13. CelluloidDreams

    ...about to really push the limits ...add....Tanya Roberts ... Beverly D'Angelo..!

    3 years agoby @2movieguysFlag

  14. Rafael Preciado

    if this film gets the screen sometime i want it to see girls like Uma thurman, Gena Davis, Julianne Moore, Jodie Foster, Sigourney Weaver, Angelina Jolie, Kate Beckinsale, Gina Carano, Milla Jovovich, Lucy Liu and as the villain Demi Moore or Kate Blanchett or Sharon Stone...can u imagine???

    3 years agoby @Rafael-PreciadoFlag

  15. Pjwolsker

    @ejk1 i saw Expendables 2 last night. if you dont go see it in theaters, you should at least rent it. it was way better then the first. i really liked it and i think you would too if you gave it a chance

    3 years agoby @pjwolskerFlag

  16. Aaron Tily


    Just add Michelle Pfieffer and Uma Thurman to that list then I'm happy.

    3 years agoby @Aaron-TilyFlag

  17. CelluloidDreams

    The cast should incld: Jamie Lee Curtis ....Catherine Deneuve...Sigourney Weaver ....Linda Hamilton !!..! :LO)

    3 years agoby @2movieguysFlag

  18. CelluloidDreams

    Could Be Interesting?

    3 years agoby @2movieguysFlag

  19. Darryl Cobb

    I would like to see this happen.

    Lucy Liu
    Cynthia Rothrock
    Kathi Long
    Angelina jolie
    Angela Basset
    Michelle Rodriguez
    Wanda DeJesus
    Brigette Nielsen
    Catherine Zeta Jones

    There's a few others but this could be dope with the right script.

    3 years agoby @Darryl-Cobb-50546674Flag

  20. CBF

    @dan1 Ah gotcha. I didn't read every single comment, but true, I guess you're right. I would push for Linda Hamilton for sure then.

    3 years agoby @comicbookfanFlag

  21. Dan

    @comicbookfan I was throwing a bunch of names out there, see what you guys would remove or add. Good points on Yeoh. I think if they're serious about this, they should have at least a couple old timers, and go with younger faces.

    3 years agoby @dan1Flag

  22. CBF

    @dan1 I would die happy if that were real, and contrary to popular belief here, I do not think The Expendables is at all corny. Badass is more like it. But Ziyi Zhang, Devon Aoki, Michelle Rodriguez, Uma Thurman, Kate Beckinsale, Kristanna Loken? Yes please! 10 years ago I would have agreed on Michelle Yeoh and she remains one of my all-time fav martial artist stars, but she's old and washed up, dude. Much like her former partner Jackie Chan. Give me the Michelle Yeoh in Tomorrow Never Dies and I'm all for it. But she can't be the mom figure of the cast. Same goes for the others you mentioned. Too old and washed up. I realize that's what Expendables is, but I just like young actors kicking ass, cuz they are the best at it. Some stuff with EX pissed me off too about that, but say that Sly vs. Steve Austin fight was no joke. Sly trained for that in 4 hours flat.

    3 years agoby @comicbookfanFlag

  23. Nicholaus XX

    @SherlockHolmes2009 -- Agreed. This is a terrible idea!

    3 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  24. Dan

    I think some people here are missing the point. It's supposed to be as ridiculous as possible :P

    3 years agoby @dan1Flag

  25. ejk1

    I'm not spending money on "The Expendables," and don't plan on doing it for this either.

    3 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  26. slysnide

    @vanboy: No, haven't seen "Dead or Alive." What do you mean by the reference?

    3 years agoby @slysnideFlag

  27. Mr. Fixit

    WTF??? Lopez? Lohan? Moss? Why would they even consider these three??? Dear Gawd that movie would suck if they were in it. And suck badly too! The reason why the cast of The Expendables work so well together is that their egos have been dead for awhile. They know that they only have so many years left in them. That their careers are going down hill, but they still have a few really good ones left if they do it together (some actors have many good years and movies ahead of them still). You people are talking T&A only actresses with ZERO action talent. Julia Roberts?? Seriously? Why was Kristen Stewart even mentioned in this thread?? Most of the ladies that were mentioned would be an automatic box office flop in an action movie like The Expendables. If you want something to spank it to, then fine, but if you want a serious action movie with badass women kicking serious ass, then rethink your suggestions. Weaver, Jolie and Rodriguez I agree with 100% Jovovich 95%. But these ladies need to be toughened up a lot. Hardened and rough. Not fancy and pretty with skin tight body suits. Weaver is THE first badass action lady.

    3 years agoby @mrfixitFlag

  28. Vanboy

    @SherlockHolmes2009, Don't forget Jenette Goldstein, Grace Jones, Michelle Yeow and Kristanna Loken.

    3 years agoby @vanboyFlag

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