Lionsgate Mulls TV Series Based on RED and The Expendables
Some of Lionsgate’s big-screen properties, including the comics-based action-comedy RED and the ensemble action film The Expendables, could be making the move to television.
Deadline reports CEO Jon Feltheimer discussed potential synergy plans with Wall Street analysts that apparently include bringing to the small screen some of the franchises acquired in the purchase of Summit Entertainment. Lionsgate Television currently produces such acclaimed shows as Mad Men, Nurse Jackie and Weeds.
Loosely based on the DC Comics miniseries by Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner, the 2010 movie RED starred Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, Morgan Freeman and John Malkovich as former CIA agents targeted for assassination because of the secrets they know. The sleeper hit grossed nearly $200 million worldwide on a $60 million budget, leading Summit to greenlight a sequel for August 2013 release.
Directed and co-written by Sylvester Stallone, The Expendables starred an ensemble cast that included Stallone, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dolph Lundgren, Jason Statham and Jet Li in an homage to action films of the 1980s and ’90s. The 2010 blockbuster centered on a group of elite mercenaries tasked with overthrowing a Latin American dictator whom they discover is merely the puppet of a ruthless ex-CIA officer. A sequel to the film, which grossed nearly $275 million worldwide, opens Aug. 17.