While it was at least partially responsible for killing Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World (they came out the same week), last year's Sylvester Stallone-written/directed/starring ensemble action flick The Expendables was good, messy fun and a runaway box-office success, earning more than $275 million worldwide. A sequel was talked about by fans and involved players, Stallone included, almost immediately after its release.
The great box-office performance virtually assured that a follow-up would happen, and it is, but seemingly without Stallone leading the way. The actor will return to star in it, of course, but the Los Angeles Times reports via "a person who was briefed on the project but was not authorized to speak about it publicly" that someone new will step in to direct. What's more, the sequel's script comes from newcomer David Agosto and Ken Kaufman (Muppets From Space).
There's no word on what the sequel's story might involve, but fans are certainly hoping to see Bruce Willis return for an expansion of his cameo role. There is also hope that Arnold Schwarzenegger, who shared the cameo scene with Willis, will also make some sort of comeback since he is officially out of office. The first movie established Stallone's and Schwarzenegger's characters as rivals -- is there anyone who wouldn't want to see them go toe-to-toe?