After reuniting a bunch of veteran action stars on the big screen for three different adventures, The Expendables are heading to television.
Deadline reports the film franchise’s star and writer Sylvester Stallone will be executive producing an event series adaptation of the action adventures for television with the films’ producer Avi Lerner, and “NCIS” showrunner Shane Brennan joining him as executive producer. However, don’t expect any of the film’s stars to follow the franchise to the small screen.
Instead, the idea behind the TV adaptation being set up at Fox is to create an action drama series the rounds up iconic TV stars as a new team of heroes on a mission to stop a dangerous terrorist. That explains why this is an event series rather than a limited series or full-fledged series. Lionsgate Television is behind the project after their sister film company distributing the feature films in theaters, and scripting this time will be Greg Coolidge (Ride Along) and Kirk Ward, both of whom will also act as executive producers, as well as Shane Brennan.
As of now there’s no cast involved, and no specific names are mentioned, but there’s plenty of television action stars to choose from. In fact, Chuck Norris could easily cross over to the TV version since he also starred in “Walker Texas Ranger,” but I don’t foresee that happening since he had a cameo in The Expendables 2 and wasn’t keen to return for the third.
But there’s still Fox’s best action star, Kiefer Sutherland from “24,” not to mention others like Richard Dean Anderson from “MacGyver,” Tom Selleck from “Magnum P.I.,” Maggie Q from “Nikita,” Katee Sackhoff from “Battlestar Galactica,” David Hasselhoff from “Knight Rider,” Sarah Michelle Gellar from “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” and probably others I’ve forgotten.
This doesn’t mean the film version of The Expendables is dead, because there are still sequels, as well as an all-female spin-off, in development for the big screen. It sounds like this TV version of the action is in the early stages of development, but we’ll see what Lionsgate can come up with.
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