Lionsgate looks to finish strong after the summer blockbuster season in 2010. In the final weekends of the summer, the studio is hoping the star-studded Expendables can help ensure a financially successful year at the box office. If that doesn’t do it, they have their go-to-property just in time for Halloween.
The Expendables (August 13th)
THE EXPENDABLES is a hard-hitting action/thriller about a group of mercenaries hired to infiltrate a South American country and overthrow its ruthless dictator. Once the mission begins, the men realize things aren’t quite as they appear, finding themselves caught in a dangerous web of deceit and betrayal. With their mission thwarted and an innocent life in danger, the men struggle with an even tougher challenge – one that threatens to destroy this band of brothers.
Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone) is a man with nothing to lose. Fearless and void of emotion, he is the leader, the sage and the strategist of this tight-knit band of men who live on the fringe. His only attachment is to his pickup truck, his seaplane and his team of loyal modern-day warriors. His is a true cynic who describes what he does as “removing those hard to get at stains.” The team behind him is made up of Lee Christmas (Jason Statham), former SAS and a savant with anything that has a blade; Yin Yang (Jet Li), a master at close-quarter combat; Hale Caesar (Terry Crews), who has known Barney for ten years and is a long-barrel weapons specialist; Toll Road (Randy Couture), a skilled demolitions expert and considered the intellect of the group; and Gunnar Jensen (Dolph Lundgren), a combat veteran and an expert in precision sniping who struggles with his own demons.
Sounds like this is a bunch of Rambo’s with bit more personality. The slew of action stars in this flick should be able to attract audiences that still want that jolt of energy from the summer movie season. Contrary to popular belief, Stallone is a pretty good director and he knows what the people want in this type of flick. Definitely has its niche market though.
Warrior (September 17th)
An ex-Marine haunted by a tragic past, Tommy Riordan returns to his hometown of Pittsburgh and enlists his father, a recovered alcoholic and his former coach, to train him for an MMA tournament awarding the biggest purse in the history of the sport. As Tommy blazes a violent path towards the title prize, his brother, Brendan, a former MMA fighter unable to make ends meet as a public school teacher, returns to the amateur ring to provide for his family. Even though years have passed, recriminations and past betrayals keep Brendan bitterly estranged from both Tommy and his father.
But when Brendan’s unlikely rise as an underdog sets him on a collision course with Tommy, the two brothers must finally confront the forces that tore them apart, all the while waging the most intense, winner-takes-all battle of their lives.
Much like last year’s Fighting with Channing Tatum, this flick will try to capture the MMA audience. This is probably a low-budget production, so if this makes $15 million at the box office, it will probably be considered a success for the studio. The only real star listed for this film is Nick Nolte.
Alpha and Omega (October 1st)
What makes for the ultimate road trip? Hitchhiking, truck stops, angry bears, prickly porcupines and a golfing goose with a duck caddy. Just ask Kate and Humphrey, two wolves who are trying to get home after being taken by park rangers and shipped halfway across the country. Humphrey is an Omega wolf, whose days are about quick wit, snappy one-liners and hanging with his motley crew of fun-loving wolves and video-gaming squirrels. Kate is an Alpha: duty, discipline and sleek Lara Croft eye-popping moves fuel her fire. Humphrey’s motto – make ‘em laugh. Kate’s motto – I’m the boss. And they have a thousand miles to go.
Back home rival wolf packs are on the march and conflict is brewing. Only Kate and Humphrey can restore the peace. But first, they have to survive each other.
Every studio has to have an animated comedy these days. This is Lionsgate version. Characters will be voiced by Justin Long, Hayden Panettiere, Christina Ricci, Danny Glover, Dennis Hopper, and Larry Miller. Justin Long could probably retire on all the voice-over work he does. Just wait, this will probably be a 3-D flick too. One knows what they’re getting here.
Saw VII 3D (October 22nd)
No premise yet, but it will most likely take place immediately after the events of the last.
No kidding! Writers Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunston return once again to write the script. They’ve been apart of the last three Saw movies. The 3-D approach may intrigue a few more moviegoers, but the story has run its course. This may be all eye-candy. Saw VI didn’t do anything of note at the box office last year, so perhaps audiences have had their fill with this horror property. Since it costs very little to make these films, Lionsgate won’t stop.