The action star and former governor of California, who championed filming in the state, is returning to Bulgaria to shoot the third installment in the "Expendables" franchise.
Lionsgate and Millennium Films said principal photography on "The Expendables 3" began Monday in Bulgaria, where the second movie about an elite group of mercenaries was also filmed.
The production will once again be based at Nu Boyana Studios in Sofia, taking advantage of Bulgaria's low-cost and non-union crews. The 75-acre former Communist-era film studio has become the go-to destination in Eastern Europe for Los Angeles-based filmmaker Avi Lerner since his company Nu Image acquired the complex in 2006.
Nu Image, a sister company of Millennium, has poured tens of millions of dollars into upgrades to the formerly state-owned studio, which has 13 sound stages, as well as a replica of several downtown
"The Expendables 3" will feature
Directed by Patrick Hughes (
), Lionsgate will release "The Expendables 3" in North America and in Britain on Aug. 15, 2014.
The first two installments of
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