Is 'The Expendables 4' Officially Shelved after Sylvester Stallone Leaves Franchise for 'Escape Plan 2'?
Fans of the action-packed “The Expendables” franchise were disappointed to learn that Sylvester Stallone had decided to leave and will not be a part of the upcoming fourth installment. Now, there’s more bad news.
There are several reports claiming that the upcoming sequel has now been cancelled in the wake of Stallone’s departure. Earlier this month, Deadline reported that the “Rocky” star withdrew himself from the project due to differences with Nu Imahe/Millenium chairman Avi Lerner over the film’s director, script and “certain qualitative elements of the film.”
“We’ve got disagreements with Sly, but we’ve had them for over a year and a half,” he told the publication. “Right now, each one has an opinion. We agreed on 95% of things, but there are certain things in production we don’t agree on.”
Stallone not only played the role of mercenary leader Barney Ross in the film series, but also served as a co-writer on the first three films and even director of the 2010 original. Had the actor moved forward with “The Expendables 4,” he would have received his biggest upfront payday in his career, which would be upwards of $20 million.
Although Sly walked out of one franchise, he’s been keeping himself busy with another. The 70-year-old actor just wrapped up filming the “Escape Plan” sequel and “Escape Plan 3” has already been green-lit with Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger set to reprise their roles as Rey Breslin and Swan Rottmayer.
With Stallone not being a part of the upcoming “Expendables” movie, the project seems to be doomed, as Schwarzenegger, who plays the character of Trench in the series, has also said that he won’t do the upcoming sequel if Sly is not involved.
“There is no ‘Expendables’ without Sly,” the former governor told Entertainment Weekly. “I would never do the movie without him, no.”
Stay tuned for more news and updates on "The Expendables 4."
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