Could Mel Gibson Direct 'Expendables 3'?

Posted 1:54 PM April 11th, 2013 by Jeff Giles
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Short answer: Probably not. But now that Sylvester Stallone has raised the possibility, it's certainly intriguing -- and on the short list of potential directors for the next installment in Stallone's latest surprisingly durable franchise, Gibson is one of the few who could do a convincing job on either side of the camera.

As tends to be the case with most interesting celebrity-related news these days, this all came up on Twitter, where Stallone made a joke about Gibson directing Expendables 5 before musing, "No, I was kiddiing about [that], but seriously, what about Mel Gibson directing Expendables 3? Opinions anyone? Curious..."

Given that Stallone's tweet had picked up 525 retweets and 233 favorites at the time of this writing (as well as a slew of mostly positive responses), it seems likely he's getting some encouragement -- and since we know he isn't shy about reaching out to potential collaborators, especially when it comes to the Expendables sequels, this seems like the kind of thing that just might be crazy enough to work.

If anything, Gibson helming and/or starring in the next Expendables would seem to be a net gain for him -- not that he seems too bothered by it, but his profile has taken a huge hit over the last few years thanks to his unfortunate penchant for saying and doing terribly offensive things. While the Gibson of 1998 might scoff at the offer, the Gibson of 2013 may appreciate it -- and together, he and Stallone could create one of the better action films of the decade.

But yeah...probably not. Sure is fun to think about, though.

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