Hollywood actor Sylvester Stallone has confirmed that he will be “moving on” from “The Expendables” after 12 years with the Lionsgate action film franchise. The news has hit the internet and fans are giving mixed reactions to it.
Los Angeles: Hollywood actor Sylvester Stallone has confirmed that he will be “moving on” from “The Expendables” after 12 years with the Lionsgate action film franchise. The news has hit the internet and fans are giving mixed reactions to it.
According to Variety, he made the announcement in a video published on Instagram, in which he was seen walking on the sets of ‘The Expendables 4’ on the last day of shooting. Stallone helped launch “Bittersweet” his decision to pull out of the series, though he said he’s ready to pass the baton “to co-star Jason Statham” and his able hands.
The three-time Oscar nominee later reflected on the “heart, energy and humor” he saw to bring to all his projects, including the Expendables franchise. “The biggest thing is to be able to provide films [and] entertainment [where] Maybe there is a small message in it as I try to give a human touch to my successful films.”
He continued, “There’s not so much action; the action is self-evident. But it relates to the audience in a way that they can identify with whatever mission they are, with the characters at hand.”
Stallone closed his message by saying that he is “getting ready to accept the next challenge,” and that while he is currently working on Rowan Athlei’s sci-fi film “Little America” and Julius Avery’s action drama “Samaritan” linked to, it was unclear which specific challenge he was referring to.
In ‘The Expendables 4’, Stallone reprises his role as Barney Ross, the leader of the elite mercenary group that gives the franchise its name, completing all kinds of missions from assassination to rescue travels the world.
Scott Waugh is directing the fourth installment, which will see the return of Statham, Dolph Lundgren and Randy Couture, as well as adding new characters played by Megan Fox, Andy Garcia, 50 Cent and others. Statham portrays Ross’ second-in-command Lee Christmas, and will likely lead future installments.
Stallone directed the first “The Expendables” film and is credited with writing on the first three films in the franchise, which have grossed over US$800 million worldwide to date, according to Variety.
First published:October 19, 2021, 5:22 pm