Sylvester Stallone Exits THE EXPENDABLES Franchise

SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 17: Sylvester Stallone attends the 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 17, 2016 in Santa Monica, California (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images for Porsche)

Sylvester Stallone has left The Expendables franchise after failing to find common ground with the studio behind it.

Sources said that Stallone — who set a high bar for himself reprising Rocky Balboa with Michael B Jordan and director Ryan Coogler in Creed — was concerned about potentially underwhelming results of another franchise with which he is indelibly linked. Stallone wrote the first script with Dave Callaham, co-wrote all the sequels, and directed the first film.

Despite being offered a potential $20 Million dollar fee he and Nu Image/Millennium chief Avi Lerner could not find common ground on a new director, on the script and on certain qualitative elements of the film.

There have been three installments of the action franchise that featurea a number of actions stars from the 80s and 90s.