There are very few directors that could pull off the intense production of the new 80’s “shoot ‘em up” revival film The Expendables 2 (2012). Thankfully to Sylvester Stallone and the rest of the all-star cast, they have Simon West. West is well known for his directorial work in such films as Con Air (1997) and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001).
Needless to say, the man is capable of creating action-packed sequences that will make the audience squeamish for some real action in their own lives. Partnered with a screenwriter from a previously acclaimed film, The Expendables 2 (2012) is bound to be successful.
Richard Wenk is the writer responsible for one of the most eagerly anticipated big blockbuster film of the season, The Expendables 2 (2012). Given the all-star cast and incredibly high stakes involved, it would be natural to assume that Wenk must be someone highly experienced in the art of screenwriting.
However, that is not the case. Prior to this film, Wenk only had four screenplays under his belt- none of them to the big blockbuster status of his most current achievement. How does a person with so little experience end up getting one of the most promising gigs of the season?
The key to his success is a mystery- but given his prior history, Wenk has developed himself in all areas of film making. He has been a producer and a director. He has done soundtracks and cameos. In short, he knows how the industry works and knows what words to say and what needs to be shown in order to build his career.
His achievement deserves a standing ovation because it shows not only his creative skills, but his ability to strategize and plan his moves to achieve bigger and better things.