A female version of an all action movie is the latest project that Lerner is working on.
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The recent success of the Expendables action movies, starring some of the industry’s aging male action superstars such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Robert De Niro, Mickey Rourke, Bruce Willis and the master of all action heroes Sylvester Stallone has prompted Lerner to produce a female version which has so far earned the working title of “The ExpendaBelles”.
With the male equivalent, the Expendables onto its second follow-up, and with veteran Hollywood tough guys almost queuing up to take part, while film lovers from audiences all over the world during up to watch them, Lerner knows that he has hit yet another winning formula. A formula that he wants to take on to the next stage- an all female version.
To shoot the “ExpendaBelles” Lerner is reportedly going after some of the Hollywood’s leading female talent, and once again the Hollywood rumor mill is working flat-out. Rumors are flying with names such as Cameron Diaz, Milla Jovovich, Jamie Lee Curtis already being mentioned as strong starters , and even Oscar winners Helen Mirren and Meryl Streep being added to the list of possibilities.
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What is for sure is the movie is due to be sorted Bulgaria, early next year, with the all-female screenwriting team of Karen McCullah Lutz and Kirsten Smith, who wrote “Legally Blonde” already working on the screenplay. Lerner has stated that he hopes to appoint a female director to work with him on the movie, although no names have been mentioned to date.
All that Lerner is admitting in the meantime is that he sees the film being based around an all female group of possibly “seven or eight women mercenaries.” Avi Lerner did not dismiss the future possibility that the Expendables and the ExpendaBelles might even star together some kind of ultimate action movie, with the only prerequisite being that all members of the cast be at least forty years old.
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Avi Lerner was born and raised in Haifa, Israel. After serving in the Paratrooper Brigade, and taking part in the Six Day War of 1967, Lerner began his career in the film industry, working in Tel Aviv. After a few years, Avi moved to South Africa, where he was involved in the production of several locally based films, as well as building a chain of movie theaters.
Lerner wanted to try his luck in Hollywood, meaning that the next step in his globetrotting adventures saw him there, accepting an offer to take up the role as President of Global Pictures, an independent production/distribution company,
After he had gotten the lie of LaLa Land Lerner left Global to found his own production companies, Nu Image and Millennium Films in partnership with Danny Dimbort and Trevor Short. Both companies found themselves a niche in the industry, producing action films in the genre of Rambo, which he has now taken a step further by becoming an equal opportunity employer in the film industry.