All of you Outsiders are going to love this one. Millennium Media is looking to make TV shows out of Sylvester Stallone classics like Rambo and The Expendables.
That’s right, folks — there’s a chance that a bunch of our favorite action film franchises could move over to television. Millennium Media, the company that owns the rights to The Expendables and Rambo, is exploring the idea of starting a TV series based on the two movies.
Jeffrey Greenstein, the president of Millennium Media, spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about the direction the franchise is heading in the future. He revealed that The Expendables, Rambo, Hellboy, and the Olympus Has Fallen franchise are all being looked at for television.
“Our focus has always been on feature film, we do have a slate of TV that we’re developing,” Greenstein said. “But my plan is to focus on our IP within the TV space and build out Has Fallen TV, Rambo TV, Expendables TV. We’re playing around with Hellboy TV.”
Each of the franchises listed in Greenstein’s statement has been successful. They’ve all had multiple movies hit the theaters. So it makes sense that Millennium wants to explore the possibility of bringing them to television. The Marvel Cinematic Universe, widely considered to be the most popular movie franchise in the world, also switched to that same model.
“So there are lots of opportunities,” he said. “But I really want to launch something IP-driven first before we start developing original content. But we also have Undisputed television, from the MMA action franchise which we’re working on launching soon and would like to shoot next year.”
‘The Expendables 4’ is in the Works
While television shows for Rambo and the Expendables may be in the future, the latter of those two franchises has something currently in works on the film side. The Expendables 4 is currently in production and returning are star actors Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, and Dolph Lundgren. However, this time around they will be joined by other celebrities including Megan Fox, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, and Iko Uwais.
Greenstein talked about the process of putting together this new Expendables cast.
“It really was a scheduling nightmare,” Greenstein explained. “Because everyone has something and there are pre-existing commitments and family things that they’d like to attend. We have a legit pop star who has engagements planned and Megan Fox who is a big star and personality. So we really had to plan around every little thing for every single person to make it work. But we did it. And it’s been worthwhile. And We’ve got a great cast that we can really bank on, but one that’s really fun and also really diverse and unique. So it’s very exciting.”