As we all knew — because we keep up on important thing like this — The Expendables is getting a all female cast spin off called The ExpendaBelles. It’s be in the works for bit, with our last news on it coming a few months ago. The new update is that director Robert Luketic will be taking over and we’ve got a bit of a plot description.
When America’s Navy SEALs are wiped out trying to penetrate the island lair of a deadly despot who has captured one of the world’s top nuclear scientists, it becomes clear that there is no such thing as the right man for the job and that this is a mission so impossible that only women can handle it. The only way in: some of the world’s deadliest female operatives must pose as high-class call-girls shipped in by private plane to satisfy a dictator–and instead save the scientist and the day.
With this plot, a screenplay from the folks who did Legally Blonde and a director best known for his romantic comedies it doesn’t look like the film is really going down the road of a true action movie. Not to mention just how misogynistic the plot description is. Not only would women not be called on to go into a mission until every single man available has died, but in order to do so they have to dress up like hookers because a woman’s only true value is in her apperance. So instead of an awesome action film with kickass female leads we’re probably just going to get something played for laughs and sex because, you know, women can’t be in a straight action film. That would be crazy.
It seems Millennium Films felt some of the heat from this description as they’ve updated the log line to a new one below. Note that this doesn’t actually mean the plot has changed. Also, just to be clear this is not the all female actioner starring Katee Sackhoof and Gina Carino.[via Deadline]
The Expendables universe has a new team. An elite group of highly trained female mercenaries are brought together for a covert hostage rescue mission. Once they are behind enemy lines, the women discover that they will also need to topple an evil dictator bent on world domination. It becomes clear there there is no such thing as the right man for the job. The Expendabelles is the ultimate story of female empowerment and kick-ass teamwork.