Sylvester Stallone Reportedly Exits ‘The Expendables’ Franchise
Deadline reports that Sylvester Stallone is departing a fourth film in The Expendables franchise due to creative differences with Millennium Films‘ Avi Lerner over the film’s script, director, and “certain qualitative elements of the film” including which VFX house to use for the effects.
Lerner, in a statement to the outlet, acknowledged the differences but isn’t willing to give up yet:
“We’ve got disagreements with Sly, but we’ve had them for over a year and a half. Right now, each one has opinion. We agreed on 95% of things, but there are certain things in production we don’t agree on. I don’t think it’s over, but what write whatever you want. In my opinion, it’s not dead.”
Stallone co-wrote all the films and helmed the first one. The domestic grosses have declined with each installment: the first film in The Expendables franchise earned $103 million domestically with The Expendables 2 bringing in $85 million and The Expendables 3 collecting just $39 million at the domestic box office. Perhaps the creative bankruptcy was too much for Sly.
He previously admitted going PG-13 for The Expendables 3 was a mistake and promised he would stop betray the fans and make a more violent fourth film. So I’m waiting for the April fools part. He normally updates on Twitter no matter what. Beyond that, I never found anything interesting in The Expendables films – a semi-decent popcorn flicks at best.