Sylvester Stallone has left The Expendables franchise after failing to find common ground with the studio behind it.
Sources said that Stallone — who set a high bar for himself reprising Rocky Balboa with Michael B Jordan and director Ryan Coogler in Creed — was concerned about potentially underwhelming results of another franchise with which he is indelibly linked. Stallone wrote the first script with Dave Callaham, co-wrote all the sequels, and directed the first film.
Despite being offered a potential $20 Million dollar fee he and Nu Image/Millennium chief Avi Lerner could not find common ground on a new director, on the script and on certain qualitative elements of the film.
There have been three installments of the action franchise that featurea a number of actions stars from the 80s and 90s.