Oh Avi, what are you doing? The Expendables 4 is falling apart. Franchise originator Sylvester Stallone has already departed the film due to ‘creative differences’ with producer Avi Lerner and now Arnold Schwarzenegger is refusing to make the film without Stallone’s involvement.
Speaking to EW, The Austrian Oak said, “There is no Expendables without Sly. I would never do the movie without him, no”. It also looks like the film’s proposed August shoot is in jeopardy, even though Schwarzenegger has yet to see a script, “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,”
Schwarzenegger also stated that he was disappointed by the last film in the series (even though Movies In Focus was a big fan):
“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.”
I hope all these issues can be solved – just so I can finally see a James Bond actor join The Expendables crew on the big screen.
Come on Avi, you know what you need to do!