By Sam Bussell
Barney Ross is taking a leave of absence from the Expendables. According to reports from Deadline, Sylvester Stallone will be the leaving the franchise he helped launch back in 2010 with “The Expendables”.
The franchise was created by the actor, which acts as a call back to the 80’s and 90’s action films that has seen action legends such as Jason Statham, Jet Li, Terry Crews, Wesley Snipes, Bruce Willis, Chuck Norris, Mel Gibson, and Arnold Schwarzenegger come back onto the screen with a bang. But now the actor will be leaving the franchise and will be looking to pursue other projects.
According to sources Stallone and Avi Lerner the studio head of Nu Image and Millennium entertainment had a disagreement to what the direction of the fourth installment of the franchise should be and that resulted in the parting of ways between the two.
For Stallone the past few years have been somewhat of a career surge especially in 2015 when he received an Academy Award Nomination for his supporting role in “Creed”. No reports have come out yet about what will become of the character Barney Ross who was on of the founders of the Expendables or who will become the lead star of the next film. Stallone will next appear in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
The Expendables 4 has no release date as of yet.