Sylvester Stallone has signed on to return to his Escape Plan franchise for a third movie, before work on the first sequel is even completed.
The action man teamed up with Arnold Schwarzenegger to launch the first movie in 2013, and Stallone has reprised his role as security expert Ray Breslin for a follow-up, which is currently nearing the end of production.
He is so confident of its success, he has now committed to a third installment, which is already being written by Miles Chapman, the guy behind the first two Escape Plan scripts, reports Deadline.com.
Director Steven C. Miller is also expected to return for the second sequel after wrapping Escape Plan 2: Hades, which will also star Guardians of the Galaxy’s Dave Bautista, Jaime King, Jesse Metcalfe, and rapper-turned-actor 50 Cent.
The original Escape Plan was shot by Mikael Hafstrom.
The film news emerges weeks after Stallone reportedly dropped out of another of his hugely successful action epics, the planned The Expendables 4 release. The Rocky star allegedly walked away from the latest blockbuster last month (Mar17) due to continuing creative differences with studio bosses.
According to reports, Stallone and producer Avi Lerner couldn’t agree on a new director, script details, and other elements of the forthcoming film. Stallone previously co-wrote and starred in the first three Expendables movies. He also directed the 2010 original.
Lerner subsequently played down the claims, insisting he is confident he and Sly will eventually reach an agreement.
“We’ve got disagreements with Sly, but we’ve had them for over a year and a half,” he told Deadline. “Right now, each one has an opinion. We agreed on 95 per cent of things, but there are certain things in production we don’t agree on.”