According to Variety, Gina Carano has signed onto an untitled, script-less movie that was borne entirely from the middleweight success of two action flicks. Whether or not the “Female Expendables” concept-turned-movie ever gets made, we’re in a unique position to watch a strange film animal being nurtured in the wild.
Granted, producer Adi Shankar is no slouch despite being new to the game. He’s got his name (and his company 1984 Private Defense Contractors) on action from The Grey to Killing Them Softly to the new Dredd. It’s merely that this entire project is a movie poster without a movie. It’s the very definition of piggybacking on a trend.
Plus, it has a long way to go to assemble a solid group of female action stars. Carano is a good, and obvious, start, but the road is long even from here. Especially considering that the hook/gimmick of The Expendables was that it brought together a handful of “classic” stars with a handful of rising action talent. Ensuring they can do the same without the Y-chromosome will prove to be a serious challenge.