UPDATE: Reported by the Tunisian daily publication, La Presse, The Expendables 4 is rumored to be eyeing production in Tunisia. Take this news with a grain of salt for now.
Sylvester Stallone is currently finishing up his return as John Rambo for the very last time in Rambo: Last Blood. We can all assume that Sly has lined up The Expendables 4 as his next project after he finished up Rambo V.
UPDATE: Looks like one of the original members of ‘The Expendables’ will not be returning for the 4th installment. TERRY CREWS, who starred in all three previous films has been dropped from ‘The Expendables 4’ by producer Avi Lerner.
While testifying on Tuesday to the Senate Judiciary Committee on the Sexual Assault Survivors’ Bill of Rights regarding his allegations of sexual assault against a Hollywood agent, Crews claimed that by coming forward he has faced retaliation from Hollywood producer Avi Lerner, who was dealing with his own sexual harassment accusation.
Crews stated that Lerner “called my manager and asked him to drop my case in order for me to be in the fourth installment of the movie, and if I didn’t there would be trouble.”
This is very unfortunate and we wish Terry Crews the best.
UPDATE: Original ‘Expendables’ member RANDY COUTURE gave an update on the status of the latest installment stating:
“I’m excited about Expendables 4. Right now, we’re scheduled to start filming in August and hopefully we’re able to stay on schedule. It sounds like we’re coming back to Bulgaria, which is exciting. I’ve spend a lot of time in Sofia and Varna and I’m excited to come back. I love the people (there), I love the food and I’m excited to come back.”
With production set to start rolling this August, expect a release date sometime in 2019. Casting is now underway. Who would you like to join the crew? Comment below!
UPDATE: It seems like there has been a change of heart as SYLVESTER STALLONE has hinted throughout a series of Instagram posts that he WILL be returning to the ‘Expendables’ franchise after all!
UPDATE: Looks like another action legend is ‘expendable’. ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER will not be returning for ‘Expendables 4’ if Stallone is not involved.
“There is no ‘Expendables’ without Sly. I would never do the movie without him, no. 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.”
UPDATE: Bad news guys. This is NOT an April Fools joke. Leading man and franchise creator SYLVESTER STALLONE is dropping out of THE EXPENDABLES 4 due to “creative differences” with Nu Image/Millennium chief AVI LERNER despite the $20 million payday that he was going to earn for this last installment.
Reports are saying Stallone and Lerner could not agree on a new director, the script, and other “qualitative elements” of the film such as which CGI company to be used for the visual effects.
Lerner is holding out hope that they can still work it out stating: “We’ve got disagreements with Sly, but we’ve had them for over a year and a half. Right now, each one has an 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 write whatever you want. In my opinion, it’s not dead.”
So it is not 100% official that Stallone is out, but it sure looks like the captain of the team is now “expendable”.
Stay tuned for more confirmation and how this will impact the franchise.
UPDATE: According to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, Splendid Film have picked up the rights for THE EXPENDABLES 4 in all German-speaking territories across Europe.
The film is the FINAL entry in the action-franchise and is expected to go back to Rated-R after the disappointing box-office return of the PG-13 rated ‘The Expendables 3’.
No words yet on who will be directing or which members of the cast will return. The main core of SYLVESTER STALLONE, JASON STATHAM, and ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER are most likely coming back for a final mission.
‘The Expendables 4’ is targeted for a release in 2018.
UPDATE: Despite “Expendables 3” disappointing box office result in the U.S. ($39 million), the film was highly successful in China grossing close to $80 million. This helped greenlit the 4th installment of the franchise with the help of being co-produced by a Chinese company.
THE EXPENDABLES 4 is set to go into production next year on a $100 million budget with a release targeted for 2017.
No director or cast members have been announced. With this being a China co-production, expect some big names Chinese action stars to join in on the fun. It is no secret that Stallone have been pursueing JACKIE CHAN to come on-board. Do not be surprise if Chan finally gives in this time around. Lets cross our fingers!
While doing the promotional rounds for THE EXPENDABLES 3 this past weekend in Macao with co-stars ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER and RONDA ROUSEY, SLY STALLONE drops a few hints of what he wants for the next installment and his desire to expand the franchise to Asia.
Speaking to CCTV, Stallone stated:
“As we go on, we will continue to add more stars, more personalities, more athletes, more individuals around the world, not just Americans. They’ll be from all parts of the world. Hopefully, we’ll be able to film in Asia very soon.”
Regarding international action star JACKIE CHAN, Stallone added:
“We’ve always wanted to use Jackie Chan. The only reason we didn’t…because there really wasn’t a part big enough for him, because we had so many actors. But in the next one, we are going to reduce the actors, and let’s just say, expand the screen time of each star.”
He also mentioned that he did considered Hong Kong master action director JOHN WOO for part 3 and he can possibly revisit that option for part 4.
But considering ‘The Expendables 3’ lackluster box office performance so far after being hit by the online leak of the film 3 weeks ago and the horrible decision to go PG-13, its going to take a huge lift from the international box office results for part 4 to even be possible.
Lets all cross our fingers that the film does well internationally because it looks like Stallone could be heading into the right direction that fans have been waiting for. Reducing the amount of actors and expending the screen time of each star (including Jackie Chan) and possibly bringing in an action director like John Woo is definitely the right step forward for the franchise.