Sylvester Stallone has withdrawn from taking part in the fourth installment of “The Expendables” franchise – despite it being the biggest upfront payday in his career with a salary over $20 million.
Deadline broke news of the departure, saying it came down to Stallone and Nu Image/Millennium chief Avi Lerner not finding common ground over various aspects of the film from director to script to visual effects.
Stallone and Lerner have disagreed in the past with the pair often eventually working out, but that doesn’t seem to be the case this time. Lerner acknowledged the differences to the outlet but isn’t willing to give up yet:
“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.”
Right now it’s not clear how Stallone’s exit impacts the film. Stallone co-wrote all the films and helmed the first one.