Sylvester Stallone announces exit from ‘Expendables’ franchise as he wraps production on fourth installment

Sylvester Stallone has confirmed that he “moves on” from The expendables after 12 years with the Lionsgate action movie franchise.

He posted this announcement last week in a video posted on Instagram, which saw him walk around the set with Expendables 4 on his last shooting day.

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Stallone called the decision to leave the series he helped launch “bittersweet,” even though he said he was “ready to pass on the baton” to co-star Jason Statham “and his capable hands.”

The three-time Oscar nominee later reflected on the “heart, energy and humor” he has wanted to bring all of his projects, including those in Expendables franchise. “The biggest thing is to be able to deliver films [and] entertainment [where] maybe there’s a little message in there, because what I’m trying to convey in my successful films is the human touch, ”Stallone said. “Not so much the action; the action is self-evident. But it’s just relating to the audience in a way that allows them to identify with whatever the mission is, with the characters at hand. ”

Stallone closed his message by saying he is “getting ready to take on the next challenge” and while currently linked to Rowan Athale’s sci-fi image Little America and Julius Avery’s action drama Samaritan, it was not clear what specific challenge he was referring to.

IN Expendables 4, Stallone reiterates his role as Barney Ross, leader of the elite mercenary group that gives the franchise its name – traveling around the world to carry out missions of all kinds, from assassination to rescue. Scott Waugh leads the fourth installment, which will return to Statham, Dolph Lundgren and Randy Couture, along with the addition of new characters played by Megan Fox, Andy Garcia, 50 Cent and others. Statham portrays Ross’ second-in-command Lee Christmas, and will presumably lead future installments.

Stallone directed the first Expendables film and has a writing credit on the first three film franchises, which have so far raised more than $ 800 million worldwide.

Check out the actor’s Instagram post below.

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