Patrick Hughes Directing Expendables 3

Sly Stallone hires the Red Hill man

The Expendables 2

He may not have landed The Rock, and he still might be trying to get Jackie Chan on board, but Sylvester Stallone has announced the man who will attempt to wrangle the Expendables for their third time on screen: Red Hill director Patrick Hughes.

The Australian director, who got his start making shorts before segueing into the successful 2010 Western thriller, is Stallone’s choice to carry the mantle first shouldered by Rocky himself and then Simon West for last year’s sequel.

As for what the film will actually be about? Sly isn’t saying yet, though assuming they’re all available, it’ll round up regular cohorts such as Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Jet Li, Terry Crews, Randy Couture, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger and possibly Chuck Norris. And you can bet Sly’s been working the phones to lock in some other names besides trying to lure Chan.

According to the man himself, who is busy working on the script, he wants some fresh blood and more humour in the movie, but we’ll just be happy if it’s better than the first two.

Hey , Everyone should go look at Patrick Hughes short film on U-TubeIt is called SIGNS . It will move you in a GOOD WAY. You will LOVE it!

— Sylvester Stallone (@TheSlyStallone) April 23, 2013

Meanwhile, as Sly suggests above, you can get a look at Hughes’ short film Signs below. And after you do, you can check out our casting suggestions for the new Expendables here.