The Expendables are getting the band back together for the long-awaited fourth chapter in the action franchise that launched back in 2010. Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, and Randy Couture will be reprising their respective roles from the previous movies. They'll be joined by new recruits Tony Jaa, Megan Fox, and Curtis '50 Cent' Jackson, and as this is an Expendables sequel, we should expect a pantheon of ageing action stars to make an extended cameo. 

Lionsgate's Jason Constantine was 'thrilled to be able to announce the new sequel and collaborate once again with Millennium Media;

"We are thrilled to partner with our friends at Millennium Media for the next installment of the 'Expendables' franchise. It's so much fun to bring these stars together for a no-holds-barred action film. The new film will raise the stakes and be the biggest, most badass adventure yet."

Millennium Media President Jeffrey Greenstein added;

"'The Expendables' are back, and we couldn't be more excited to bring this star-studded, action-packed film to the big screen with Lionsgate, who have been with us since the inception of this franchise. To keep it fresh and fun, we've added exciting new stars to join the veterans; popcorn entertainment is guaranteed."

I think any fan of The Expendables would agree that the third film going PG-13 was a massive mistake; all the things that made the first two a throwback to the golden age of action movies was gone. I hope that when they say it will be a "no-holds-barred action film", we will get something closer to the first two films, and they restore the R rating to what was an enjoyable (albeit patchy) franchise. 

The Expendables 4 will be directed by Scott Waugh (Need for Speed), and is set to start production later this year for an as yet unconfirmed release date next year.