While many think that The Expendables 3 flopped at the box office because the entire movie was leaked online early, there are others, including star and franchise creator Sylvester Stallone, who believe that the sequel was actually hampered by its PG-13 rating and the introduction of a newer, younger cast. With The Expendables 3 set to hit Blu-ray on November 25, just in time for Thanksgiving, Stallone discussed some of the film's issues in detail, promising that The Expendables 4, which has not yet been officially green lit, will not succumb to the same watered down violence and language that corrupted the previous installment.
"Absolutely unequivocally yes. I believe it was a horrible miscalculation on everyone's part in trying to reach a wider audience, but in doing such, diminish the violence that the audience expects. I'm quite certain it won't happen again."
Despite the PG-13 rating beings a misstep, Sylvester Stallone claims the rating helped serve a purpose in terms of the story telling, teasing the future death of a lead character:
"[It's is a big conflict for me], because in an R-rated film it is difficult to believe that none of the heroes die. I personally just believe that the characters become identifiable and their demise could put a dark cloud over an audience exiting the theatre after seeing the film. But that may change in 'Expendables 4'..."
"I wanted Mel Gibson to direct originally because he's an extraordinary filmmaker. But after several months of discussing it, this ultimately was not to be. But he did say he wanted to be in the movie - and play the villain. My response was a definite 'YES.... Suit up.'
The Expendables 3 arrives on Blu-ray in an Unrated Extended edition that runs 5 minutes longer than the theatrical version. At this time, The Expendables 4 does not have a set start date, and it is not known when it will eventually hit theaters.