Arnie Departing “Expendables 4” Without Sly?

With Sylvester Stallone dropping out of the upcoming fourth “The Expendables” film, it looks like his co-star Arnold Schwarzenegger may be joining him.

Speaking with EW, Schwarzenegger says he’s not doing the film without Stallone:

“There is no ‘Expendables’ without Sly. I would never do the movie without him, no. I have not seen the script; I don’t even know if there is a script, even though they want to shoot in August again, like they usually do.”

Stallone is reportedly departing the franchise after he and Nu Image/Millennium chief Avi Lerner could not agree on the direction of the new film, including the movie’s director and script. Even if Stallone, who co-wrote the first three films with creator Dave Callaham, comes back around then Arnie isn’t a lock unless his character is done better than the previous film:

“You know, I think the first and second one were terrific. But, the third one, I thought my part was not written well. It was also not playing well in the movie, as far as I was concerned. Maybe other people believed differently. But I didn’t believe that I had any value in the movie. I love the franchise, by the way. I think it’s a spectacular franchise, ‘The Expendables.’ I think that Sly has good ideas, what he wants to do with it, and I think if they write a really good script [in] which my part is very well-developed, I would do it. If not, then I won’t do it.”

No specific dates have been set for the next “The Expendables” film to begin production.