Screen Daily - Millennium Media has commenced production in London on the latest film in The Expendables franchise and announced it has sold most key territories and added new cast.
Principal photography began on Wednesday (September 29) and will continue to shoot at the company’s Nu Boyana Studios production facility in Bulgaria, and Greece.
Deals have closed in Latin America (California Filmes), Middle East (Eagle Films), South Korea (Joy n Cinema), CIS and Baltics (Top Film), Japan (Pony Canyon), India, Philippines, Hong Kong, Malaysia (MVP), Benelux (Dutch FilmWorks) and Eastern Europe (Vertical Entertainment).
Lionsgate holds rights for The Expendables in the US, Canada and UK.
Sheila Shah, Jacob Scipio and Levy Tran have joined returning cast of Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, and Sylvester Stallone alongside Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Megan Fox, Andy Garcia and Tony Jaa.
Scott Waugh directs from a screenplay by Spenser Cohen with revisions by Max Adams and John Joseph Connolly. Statham, Kevin King Templeton, and Les Weldon, Yariv Lerner, Jeffrey Greenstein, and Jonathan Yunger are producing.
Executive producers are Avi Lerner, Boaz Davidson and Trevor Short for Millennium with Christa Campbell and Lati Grobman on behalf of Campbell Grobman Films. Eda Kowan and Jonah Leach will oversee for Lionsgate.
JJ Nugent, Millennium Media VP of international sales and distribution, said, “The Expendables continues to be one of Millennium’s most successful franchises to date and we, alongside our partners around the world, couldn’t be more excited to kick off this fourth installment.
"Big action films continue to be what the theatrical experience is all about. Add an esteemed franchise with adored stars to mix, and its recipe for a remarkably entertaining moviegoing experience.
"We are incredibly honored to be able to bring films like this and many more to fans across the globe.”
The Expendables franchise has generated more than $800m worldwide from three films, of which more than $576m comes from the international arena.