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Sadly, Sylvester Stallone says he's bowing out of The Expendables franchise

03.31.2017

Say it with me, folks, noooooooooo! Damn you, Friday, you just had to make my last article of the week a total bummer, didn't you? In what is assuredly disappointing news, it's being reported that action-extraordianaire Sylvester Stallone has withdrawn from taking part in the fourth installment of THE EXPENDABLES franchise. Despite the famous actor being offered an upfront sum of over $20 million for the part, Stallone says that his reason for leaving the project is that he and Nu Image/Millennium chief Avi Lerner could not see eye to eye on a new director, the script, or several other elements of the planned sequel.

Furthermore, Stallone also expressed concerns about potentially underwhelming audiences by introducing an installment of the series that he felt could have weak story elements and sub-par special effects. As you well know, the sneer-lipped actor wrote the script to the first film himself with Dave Callaham, then co-wrote all the sequels in addition to directing the first film.

In commenting about the split, Avi Lerner stated, "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."

Blah. I think it's time for a beer. Thankfully, there are still plenty of muscles to go around for another action-packed sequel to THE EXPENDABLES, though I'm positive the franchise will not feel the same without Stallone's participation. 

What do you all think of this news? Who do you think could replace Stallone's Barney Ross as the leader of the team? Let us know in the comments section below!

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Extra Tidbit: Maybe Statham's character can step in as a replacement for Ross?
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10:58PM on 04/01/2017
If this is even remotely true, after the first one which Stallone had a huge hand in, they've just completely sucked. They became a farce rather than a tribute to the old school action hero's.
If this is even remotely true, after the first one which Stallone had a huge hand in, they've just completely sucked. They became a farce rather than a tribute to the old school action hero's.
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3:02PM on 04/01/2017
ok? well without Stallone it seems there's no reason to make the films. I mean isn't he the leader? I suppose they can do them without him, but it wouldn't seem the same to me.
ok? well without Stallone it seems there's no reason to make the films. I mean isn't he the leader? I suppose they can do them without him, but it wouldn't seem the same to me.
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5:42AM on 04/01/2017

I like Stallone a lot....

But i agree with some others he's the reason they are not very good movies. Someone like Gareth Evans should direct the next one and improve on some things. No more rookies, good brutal fights(no shaky cam) more deaths to raise the stakes and make you feel everyone could die. Maybe have 2 teams given the same mission to retrieve something.
Or make it the expendables vs predator.
But i agree with some others he's the reason they are not very good movies. Someone like Gareth Evans should direct the next one and improve on some things. No more rookies, good brutal fights(no shaky cam) more deaths to raise the stakes and make you feel everyone could die. Maybe have 2 teams given the same mission to retrieve something.
Or make it the expendables vs predator.
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10:26PM on 03/31/2017

Who cares? These movies are only good in the concept. The movies were all pretty bad.

I'm actually fine having a future movie focus on a different character. This whole franchise was supposed to revive the 80's / early 90's action style film. The first three installments have failed pretty handidly in that goal so I say try going a different direction. Odds are this whole movie ends up "straight-to-DVD" anyways so it probably doesnt even matter.
I'm actually fine having a future movie focus on a different character. This whole franchise was supposed to revive the 80's / early 90's action style film. The first three installments have failed pretty handidly in that goal so I say try going a different direction. Odds are this whole movie ends up "straight-to-DVD" anyways so it probably doesnt even matter.
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7:33PM on 03/31/2017
April fools?
April fools?
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7:18PM on 03/31/2017
I wish they'd reconsider and just make one final movie where the CIA decides to erase the Expendables and sends their best to hunt them down. That would be a great premise and could end with all of them "disappearing" with new identities. If they were to do something with Arnold leading a group consisting of actors that haven't been used yet, that might work.
I wish they'd reconsider and just make one final movie where the CIA decides to erase the Expendables and sends their best to hunt them down. That would be a great premise and could end with all of them "disappearing" with new identities. If they were to do something with Arnold leading a group consisting of actors that haven't been used yet, that might work.
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7:09PM on 03/31/2017
Fucking hell..
Fucking hell..
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6:45PM on 03/31/2017

So what?

While Stallone kickstarted the Franchise, all three movie under his watch were pretty much underwhelming (even expendable). I donīt see why Statham should no be able to shoulder this Franchise on his own and lead it into a new direction. I donīt think Stallone has any more box Office appeal than the englischman at this Point in his career.
While Stallone kickstarted the Franchise, all three movie under his watch were pretty much underwhelming (even expendable). I donīt see why Statham should no be able to shoulder this Franchise on his own and lead it into a new direction. I donīt think Stallone has any more box Office appeal than the englischman at this Point in his career.
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6:37PM on 03/31/2017
No Stallone = No Expendables
No Stallone = No Expendables
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6:34PM on 03/31/2017
I feel mixed about this. To me, Stallone has always been the key factor in The Expendables. But he's also been the one I blamed for taking it easy on these guys. The franchise has one of the coolest titles of any ensemble action movies, but failed to deliver on that promise (unless you count all the actors who refused to come back for sequels).
I feel mixed about this. To me, Stallone has always been the key factor in The Expendables. But he's also been the one I blamed for taking it easy on these guys. The franchise has one of the coolest titles of any ensemble action movies, but failed to deliver on that promise (unless you count all the actors who refused to come back for sequels).
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5:54PM on 03/31/2017
Well that basically killed the idea of a fourth one. I can't see any box office appeal unless he's in it. The last one tanked to so hard in the U.S. anyways.
Well that basically killed the idea of a fourth one. I can't see any box office appeal unless he's in it. The last one tanked to so hard in the U.S. anyways.
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5:29PM on 03/31/2017

Get rid of Lerner

Get rid of Avi Lerner and they'll be able to get Steven Seagal into the fold. Seagal will not work with Lerner anymore, he was asked to be apart of this franchise before, he said no because of his strained relationship with Lerner. I think it would be awesome to have Seagal in the next one.
Get rid of Avi Lerner and they'll be able to get Steven Seagal into the fold. Seagal will not work with Lerner anymore, he was asked to be apart of this franchise before, he said no because of his strained relationship with Lerner. I think it would be awesome to have Seagal in the next one.
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7:33PM on 03/31/2017
Segal fan? Me too. He's the butt of a lot of jokes but he made a lot of good movies( to me at least). From on deadly ground to under siege and hard to kill plus 5 or six others, all entertaining and rewatchable.
Segal fan? Me too. He's the butt of a lot of jokes but he made a lot of good movies( to me at least). From on deadly ground to under siege and hard to kill plus 5 or six others, all entertaining and rewatchable.
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