British director Simon West (Con Air, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider) has signed on to helm The Expendables 2 for Lionsgate and Avi Lerner’s Nu Image/Millennium Films. The Expendables 2 has been in development in recent months with Lionsgate announcing that the sequel would open domestically on Aug. 17, 2012.
The first Expendables movie grossed $102 million Stateside and another $170 million outside the United States. Sylvester Stallone directed The Expendables, which also starred Bruce Willis, Dolph Lundgren, Jet Li, Jason Statham, Steven Austin and Mickey Rourke with a brief appearance by Arnold Schwarzenegger. The Expendables 2 is expected to also star Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Mickey Rourke, Jet Li and Terry Crews.
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