Cannes is an interesting time for movie news. Sure, it's a world renowned film festival that premieres the new works of some of cinema's greatest artists, but that's not where the fun news comes from. The fun news comes from the Cannes marketplace, the avenue where production companies and distributors shop the international sales rights for their upcoming movies. And this always means we've got plenty of quickly (and, more often than not, poorly) Photoshopped sales art to gob it.
Today's big ticket sales art out of Cannes is Nu Image's poster for The Expendables 2, which can be seen below thanks to FirstShowing.net.
It's a simple poster, looking not too unlike the poster for Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, save for the giant bullet hole through the forehead of 'ole chrome skull. It doesn't tell us too much about the movie, though, which is where Nu Image's website steps in to fill the gaps. Here's the official plot synopsis, though be warned, it starts with a spoiler regarding the fate of a minor character from the first film.
"The Expendables are back and this time it's personal! After Tool (Mickey Rourke), the heart and soul of the Expendables, is brutally murdered on a mission, his comrades swear to avenge him. They're not the only ones who want blood. Tool’s beautiful young and wild daughter Fiona embarks on her own revenge mission, complicating matters when she is captured and ransomed by a ruthless dictator plotting to destroy a resistance movement. Now Barney and the Expendables must risk everything to save her and humanity."
Ah, yes, what would an action star extravaganza sequel be if it didn't contain the pitch line, "and this time it's personal!"
As of right now, The Expendables 2 doesn't actually have a director. Sylvester Stallone will be returning to star as the leader of this rag tag team of mercenaries, but he won't be taking up the director's chair this time. It does have a summer of 2012 release date, though, so Nu Image and Lionsgate will no doubt be filling that chair within the next few months. Don't expect them to pick an A-list action director, of course, but hopefully they at least find someone who knows how to do action right and on a budget. So while we're here, I'd offer up either Roel Reine, the man who made Death Race 2 look better and bigger than any straight-to-video sequel should.