Wesley Snipes Wanted For 'Expendables 3' (What Else Is On His Post-Prison Slate?)

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by Tambay A. Obenson
August 13, 2012 2:29 PM
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“We’ve approached Clint Eastwood to be one of the guys, we’ve got a character in mind for him. We’re talking to Harrison Ford. [And we want] Wesley Snipes when he comes back from prison. I’ll give you one more name, we’ve got Nicolas Cage to play [one of the characters].”

Producer Avi Lerner speaking about Expendables 3, in an interview with Total Film, posted on their website earlier today.

Expendables 2 is out in theaters this weekend, so I suppose we can guess that box office expectations are high enough for the conversation to already begin on a 3rd film in the franchise, this one with Wesley Snipes potentially.

Of course, Snipes is serving a 3 year sentence at the Federal Correctional Institution in Pennsylvania, and is scheduled for release on July 19, 2013, which is less than a year away. So I suppose Expendables 3 likely won't start production until around that time.

Will Wesley do it though? One might think he'd jump at the opportunity to co-star in a high-profile project like this, with all these other stars, especially as a first project right out of prison; but who knows.

Prison certainly hasn't stopped him from stacking up projects for when he gets out, as we learned in a 2011 interview he did with IGN, from behind bars, in which he talked about plans that are already in the works, or that will be, once he's out of the Pen.

One of those projects is a collaboration with Lapland Studios to produce and star in a new action game titled Julius Styles: The International, which Snipes originally planned to make into a feature film, also starring himself, but was convinced to first try to build interest via a video game, which is what he's done.

The game has been available in the Apple AppStore for the iPhone and iPad.

So, what's the game-soon-to-be-a-film about?

"This project was inspired by my desire to bring my 'Art of War,' 'Murder at 1600' and 'Passenger 57' characters into the game world. Julius Styles will offer something for both the mind game strategist and the kick-ass special ops warrior lover," said Snipes.

The project has been in development for the last over 24 months, with the end goal being to create an established brand, making it easier to sell the movie, which will go into production after Snipes gets out of jail.

"We know his current situation... We did extensive meetings and conference calls and have gone into such details about the character in the run up to this that all the ground work for the game has been done. We intend to expand upon the game and have multiple episodes over multiple platforms with the aim of creating an established brand. There is absolutely a film in mind for a few years from now and it will be one of the first movies Wesley does after his release," said Warren Derosa, co-CEO of Elstree Studios Productions, who are also involved in the deal.

But what else does Wesley have up his sleeve?

On returning to the Blade franchise:

Some people forget or overlook my/our contribution to this current trend. The 'Gaming' community knows and the streets give us credits, but the movie world frequently plays us like the 'ugly step child' or the 'kitchen help', especially when the conversation revolves around the 'boys in tights' or 'the bat'. Getting asked this question all the time, my response is: "Under the right circumstances, with the right team, yes, I'd do another one." But don't get me wrong, I'm not waiting around for the opportunity. I've got plenty to do, plus an unravelled character in the works who I think will give Blade a helluva run for his money. It would be nice to fulfil some of the really cool plans we had for Blade, but didn't get the chance to go live with.

Ahh, so he's got some other ideas for a new character.

On other projects lined up for when he's out:

Yes, a fantastic animated project titled Omandi Mech 5, which is a futuristic sci-fi action adventure centered around a family of warrior scientist whose son is resurrected in the body of a giant hero robot, a MECH. Along with the allied freedom fighting forces of N.A.R.A., they battle pre-human evolution beings, who set out to reclaim the surface planet and reduce the earthlings to beasts of burden and FOOD. I screened about 18 minutes of footage, in motion graphic format, for exec at EA, who loved it. No firm deal as of yet, but prospects look great. There are also plans to build a feature and video game around the 'graphic novel' concept Antoine Fuqua and I created titled "After Dark". The graphic novel, produced in partnership with Radical Comics, is currently on the market... Truthfully, we have about 5 cross-platform, franchise-able products in different stages of development or production. Something for grown-ups, something for kids, and something for 'grown-up kids'. The martial arts gets a look in all of them. Young people will love the "Jaycen Wise" adventure series.

We've previously written about Omandi Mech 5 (HERE); however, the Jaycen Wise adventure series may not be familiar. If it isn't, you can start HERE.

You may recall Spike Lee's visit to Wesley earlier this year, in which they talked about working together again when he gets out of prison, although nothing specific was shared. The pair was supposed to work together several year ago on a James Brown biopic, but Spike couldn't get the financing for it.

So, Expendables 3 with Wesley Snipes? Maybe... maybe not.

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18 Comments

  • Betty Hawkins | May 18, 2013 10:55 AMReply

    As for me Iam a very big fame ,maybe one day hope to meet you before god calls me home,only 68 watch all your movies old or new,I watch them I was always told as child God answers all prayers,as for you he did for you,may God bless you and your family now and always.Welcome home,and may God bless,as I read by Reinhold Niebuhr,said GOD grantme the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,the thingsI can,and the wisdom to know the difference.Keep going and do not look back. WELCOME HOME!

  • Vivian Cardriche | April 11, 2013 2:29 AMReply

    I am so glad you are home! I am one of your biggest fan. I can watch your move a thousand times at once. Make more Blades.

  • doo doo wop | April 7, 2013 12:18 PMReply

    Yes please bring back the #BLADE Franchise .. Fans have been waiting for it. #Wesley should also do the #MARVEL hero #Panther. He would be perfect for the role.

  • maiaja | November 25, 2012 7:48 PMReply

    I so hope so and definitely Wesley Snipes, how cool is Avengers going to be with all the actors we have had so far, totally dynamite, plus these 4 guys!!!! Geez, my whole family and all our friends are already lined up for tickets and merchandise, CAN'T WAIT!!!!!!!! I sure hope they get these 4 guys, Clint Eastwood, Harrison Ford, Wesley Snipes and Nicolas Cage..WOOHOOOO!!!!!!

  • Cynthia L. Johnson | October 25, 2012 10:13 AMReply

    God is Good! Wesley was welled missed from the movie industry. He will be a great addition to Expendable 3. Good luck Wes!!

  • JB | August 17, 2012 11:41 AMReply

    Tremendous talent. He won't miss a step once he gets out.

  • Donella | August 15, 2012 1:10 PMReply

    Say YES Wesley! Take the extended hand of friendship and work with it.

  • Adam Scott Thompson | August 14, 2012 7:51 AMReply

    "Expendables 3?" Yes. "Blade?" No.

  • ThinkingBrownMan | August 14, 2012 12:44 AMReply

    What about Steven Seagal?

  • lauren | August 13, 2012 10:05 PMReply

    How bout giving someone new a chance? Wesley had his day. I'm tired of seeing the same old and I do mean OLD brother's over and over...

  • JMac | August 13, 2012 11:45 PM

    Isn't the point of the Expendables franchise about teaming up "old" action stars? Wesley would fit in perfectly. Most of those guys' days have been over for at least a decade.

  • ALM | August 13, 2012 9:30 PMReply

    The James Brown biopic and the "Waiting to Exhale" sequel that Angiebnews mentioned are the only two films on the list that I am interested in, and neither film appears to be confirmed.

  • Asylum | August 13, 2012 7:16 PMReply

    What about Carl Weathers for THE EXPENDABLES????!!! Why hasn't Stallone asked Carl Weathers??? WTF?! They've gotta have Action Jackson, Apollo Creed and Dillon!!!

  • taylor | August 13, 2012 11:30 PM

    Carl made an unreasonable demand regarding his Apollo Creed image usage in Rocky Balboa resulting in Stallone being unable to use the rights for the recap scenes. Probably won't happen.

  • The Spider | August 13, 2012 5:03 PMReply

    New Jack City prequel.

  • Africameleon | August 13, 2012 4:17 PMReply

    The one things I've been thinking this whole time regarding the Expendables franchise was.... "where the hell is Wesley (John Cater) Snipes???" I know the brother was locked up for a bit, but it was really erkin' me. Glad he's in the 3rd movie. - Not that I've seen any of them, but congrats Nino!

  • nosa Igbinedion | August 13, 2012 7:02 PM

    yeah I have also been wondering where was wesley in the expendables

  • AngieBNews | August 13, 2012 2:51 PMReply

    What about the Waiting to Exhale sequel? He and Angela Bassett had so much chemistry and such a romantic storyline in the first film. I'd love to see Wesley reprise that role!

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