Fans expecting exciting news announcements for The Expendables 4 are in for an unexpected yet disappointing surprise. It has been revealed that Sylvester Stallone is no more involved with the franchise and won’t reprise his character for the fourth installment.
According to Deadline, Stallone backed out of the project due to creative differences with Millennium chief Avi Lerner. The actor was not able to come to a mutual agreement in deciding the director for The Expendables 4. Furthermore, other factors such as disagreement over the script and “certain qualitative elements of the film” played a role as well.
Lerner has confirmed Deadline that he faced disagreement over creative decisions for The Expendables 4. However, this wasn’t the first time Lerner and Stallone weren’t able to come to a common ground. Deadline’s source suggested that Lerner and Sly resolved their past issues with The Expendables franchise over “a couple of cigars.” However, it doesn’t seem to swing that way this time.
“We’ve got disagreements with Sly, but we’ve had them for over a year and a half,” said Lerner. “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. I don’t think it’s over, but write whatever you want. In my opinion, it’s not dead.”
Stallone has been part of the franchise from start. For fans that aren’t aware, the Rocky actor wrote the first script of the movie, tagging along with Dave Callaham. Furthermore, he also co-wrote the rest of the two installments as well.
Currently, it is unknown how Stallone’s withdrawal would affect The Expendables 4. However, going by Lerner’s statement, it looks like there’s still hope to reconcile.
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