Sylvester Stallone quits The Expendables franchise

Sylvester Stallone knows a lost cause when he sees one.

Despite supposedly walking away from an over $20 million payday, Sylvester Stallone has decided not to reprise Barney Ross in The Expendables 4 and will not have any involvement with the movie.

He led the first three movies in "The Expendables" series. Although specific details have not been released about the film, it is reportedly set to start filming soon and has a budget of $100 million dollars.

Stallone is said to have argued with Nu Image/Millennium chief Avi Lerner over many aspects of the fourth film, including its script, director and which visual effects company to use.

While Deadline is reporting that Sly has walked, Lerner seems hopeful that a compromise could be reached, telling the site that: "We've got disagreements with Sly, but we've had them for over a year and a half, ". I don't think it's over, but write whatever you want. It made $103 million domestically and $171 million from foreign markets. The films were touted for their star cast, which included a number of action stars such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford, Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Terry Crews, Jet Li among others. The Expendables 2 earned $85 million in the USA and $229 million internationally.

The Expendables 4 is planned to be the end of the movie series, but that doesn't necessarily mean the end of the franchise.

The first two films of were rated R, The Expendables 3 was rated PG-13, and it hurt the box office, collecting just $39 million domestically and $175 million internationally. Stallone, however, has also served a s producer and screenwriter on every Expendables film to date.

  • Salvatore Jensen