Sylvester Stallone Departs THE EXPENDABLES Franchise
Sylvester Stallone has officially departed from the fourth EXPENDABLES franchise entry, which is set to be released for 2018 after some “creative differences” between him and Millennium Films’ Avi Lerner.
The Expendables franchise, currently with three films, has Stallone as the mercenary team leader Barney Ross and is joined alongside Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Terry Crews, Randy Couture, and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Other action stars also starred on the franchise, including Bruce Willis, Chuck Norris, Harrison Ford, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Mel Gibson, Antonio Banderas and Wesley Snipes. Stallone also served as producer and writer on every film to date. What will happen on the fourth film?
Lerner told Deadline:
“I don’t think it’s over… In my opinion, it’s not dead.”
The first film was a success at the box office, taking in $103 million domestically with a mother $171 million from foreign markets. The second one brought in $85 million and the third one with $39 million at the domestic box office. Both films, saw tremendous success internationally with a foreign total of $229 million and $175 million.