“Expendables 4: New Blood Joins the Old with Sylvester Stallone’s Franchise Future Clarified by Director After Jason Statham’s Torch Passing”

After Sylvester Stallone’s departure from the Expendables franchise, director Scott Waugh is contemplating his new role for the upcoming Expendables 4. As Jason Statham takes over as the lead, Waugh finds this transition to be exciting, but acknowledges that Stallone will always be a part of the franchise as the initiator and original director of The Expendables. However, the future of the franchise remains uncertain due to the poor reviews and underperformance of The Expendables 4, raising doubts about the possibility of a fifth installment.

Scott Waugh, the director of “The Expendables 4,” has shed some light on the future of Sylvester Stallone’s involvement in the franchise. Stallone played a significant role in conceptualizing and starring in the first movie, and continued to have a prominent presence in both “The Expendables 2” and “The Expendables 3.” However, in the recently released fourth installment, Stallone took on a smaller role and allowed Jason Statham to take the lead.

Director Waugh sheds light on Stallone’s future in The Expendables franchise following his decision to pass the torch to Statham for the fourth installment. In an interview with Moviefoe, Waugh expressed his excitement about this transition. He acknowledged that Stallone is at a point in his life where time is of the essence, hence his decision to step back from the full run of an ‘Expendables’ movie. Although Stallone’s physical capabilities are remarkable for his age, the director believes that passing the baton to Statham was a natural move, given the latter’s enthusiasm for continually working. However, Waugh emphasizes that Stallone is not out of the brand entirely and will always be a part of it as the franchise’s founder and original director. The introduction of new blood into the series provides an exciting blend of old and new.

Waugh provides a suitable summary of the latest installment in the franchise. The Expendables team has undergone some changes since its introduction in 2010. In the past, Bruce Willis was part of the crew, alongside Stallope, Statham, and others. However, Willis has retired from acting due to an aphasia diagnosis and is not part of The Expendables 4 cast. Other former cast members, such as Harrison Ford, are also absent. With these changes, Statham takes a more prominent role, and the new cast mixes “new blood with the old” by featuring seasoned stars like Stallone alongside younger faces.

Despite what Waugh may suggest, the future of the Expendables franchise may not be secure. The fourth installment of the series has received negative reviews, only scoring a 15% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Additionally, it didn’t do well at the box office, failing to meet even the already-low projections with a domestic gross of only $8.3 million. This raises doubts about the possibility of an Expendables 5.

According to producers Kevin King-Templeton and Les Weldon, the Expendables franchise has already overcome critical failure, but it may be impossible for the series to surpass its box office trend. They have indicated that a fourth sequel is a possibility with a significant buy-in, but nothing has been officially confirmed. With negative reviews and disappointing box office performances, it may be worth questioning Stallone’s involvement in the franchise, and even whether the franchise will continue after The Expendables 4.

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