It looks like Sylvester Stallone has walked away from the hit franchise that he created, with the news that he’s quit The Expendables 4.
Stallone was set to bank around $20m for heading up the team for one final big screen adventure, but news broke over the weekend that he won’t now be appearing in the movie. The reason? Stallone and production company Nu Image/Millennium were not agreeing on a director for the film, the screenplay, and ‘certain qualitative elements of the film’.
Stallone, coming off the back of his success with Creed, was reportedly worried too about ‘potentially underwhelming results’ for the new movie. As such, in the end, he’s backed up his bag of machine guns, and walked away from the project. Stallone, don’t forget, wrote and directed the first movie, as well as headlining the film.
Avi Lerner, of Nu Image/Millennium, still thinks there’s a chance Stallone may return, though. “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”, he told Deadline.