​Expendables 3 Begins Filming In Bulgaria​​

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August 20, 2021 | 10:04 am

Expendables 3 began filming today in Bulgaria without Bruce Willis, who had starred in the first two installments, over payment negotiations. The Expendables franchise has grossed nearly $600 million at worldwide box office.

The films brought new movie life to action stars like Sylvester Stallone, Dolph Lundgren and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

However, after a disagreement with Stallone, Willis will not be joining his comrades-in-arms. Willis was demanding $4 million for four days of work.

“Greedy and lazy … a sure formula for career failure,” Stallone tweeted after announcing that Willis would not return earlier this month.

Plenty of other actors have stepped forward, including Wesley Snipes, Antonio Banderas, Mel Gibson and Harrison Ford.

Stallone, Lundgren, Schwarzenegger, Jason Statham, Jet Li and Randy Couture will all return for the third installment, as well.

Gibson will play Conrad Stonebanks, a ruthless arms dealer who forces Stallone to “bring in a new era of Expendables team members who are … younger, faster and more tech-savvy,” according to a Lionsgate Films release.

Speaking for the younger generation, Twilight’s Kellen Lutz has also joined the cast along with MMA star Ronda Rousey and welterweight boxing champ Victor Ortiz.

Nu Image, a sister company of Millennium, has poured tens of millions of dollars into upgrades to the formerly state-owned studio, which has 13 sound stages, as well as a replica of several downtown Manhattan streets and a faux ancient Rome, complete with a coliseum.

Directed by Patrick Hughes (“Red Hill”), Lionsgate will release “The Expendables 3″ in North America and in Britain on Aug. 15, 2014.