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.