The action franchise series The Expendables has been preparing a fourth installment for quite a while now. However, it has now been reported that the franchise team’s leader and writer of the film series will not be working on the new film.

That’s right folks…Sylvester Stallone has apparently exited the fourth installment of the series. The reason? The all-too familiar “creative differences” with Nu Image/Millennium executive Avi Lerner. The issues include finding a director, script issues, and even parts of the CGI effects.

Stallone had directed the first film with Simon West directing the second film and Patrick Hughes directing the third film, which fans were not happy due to its drastic change from R to PG-13. The new film would go back to its original R-rated action.

However, Lerner has commented that he hopes he and Stallone could work things out. This is what he had to say on the issue:

“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.”

Will Stallone and Lerner be able to work out the issues or will the franchise ultimately lose its leader and writer and what will happen should they go on without Sly? More as this develops.

H/T: Empire