The Expendables 4 has had a roller-coaster journey, and we still don't know exactly when it's showing up. Whether he intended to hype that movie or not, Sylvester Stallone definitely got fans ready for more action with his recent Expendables throwback photo. Here's Sly with fellow "wiseguys" Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis from the set of The Expendables 2:
Arnold Schwarzenegger had tweeted the same pic out in October 2011 at the start of Expendables 2 production in Bulgaria.
The Expendables came out in 2010, directed and co-written by Sylvester Stallone, co-starring Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, and many more -- with uncredited cameos from Bruce Willis and Ahhhhnold.
The Expendables 2 came out in 2012, still co-written by Sylvester Stallone, but not directed by him. Jason Statham, Jet Li and Dolph Lundgren returned, along with Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger, plus Chuck Norris, Terry Crews, Jean-Claude Van Damme and more.
The Expendables 3 came out in 2014, still co-written by Sylvester Stallone, and this time adding Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford, Wesley Snipes, and many more. (Bruce Willis didn't bring Mr. Church back for the third movie.)
Based on that release schedule, you'd think The Expendables 4 would've shown up in 2016. But things got complicated.
First, in 2016, it was announced that the fourth movie would be happening as the final movie of the franchise, with Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, and Arnold Schwarzenegger all expected to return.
However, in March 2017, Sylvester Stallone walked away from the franchise. According to Deadline, it was because he and Nu Image/Millennium chief Avi Lerner could not find common ground on multiple fronts, including a new director.
In April 2017, Arnold Schwarzenegger told EW he wouldn't be in The Expendables 4 without Sylvester Stallone. Also, he wasn't that happy with how his role was written in the third movie. He loved the first two, and he loves the franchise, but he wouldn't return without Sly and without a better role for himself.
Fast forward to January 2018, and Sly Stallone gave fans renewed hope with this post:
Keep going to May 2018, and it looked official -- The Expendables 4 was back! Deadline had a report on distribution rights for both Rambo 5 -- which is coming to theaters later this year -- and The Expendables 4. According to that report, Stallone would star in The Expendables 4 in early 2019.
That's the last official word on the matter, other than Terry Crews saying he was out because of a producer's involvement.
But this new throwback photo from Sylvester Stallone may be another plug. Hopefully it's telling that it's from the second movie, which was the most successful with critics, fans, and the worldwide box office. Stay tuned for more updates. In the meantime, keep up with the films coming to the big screen this year -- including Rambo V: Last Blood -- with our handy movie release date schedule.
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