As if to debunk rumors that he will not be part of the fourth movie of the action ensemble film franchise, “The Expendables,” Sylvester Stallone recently came out to confirm previous reports that “The Expendables 4” shall have an R rating.
The third movie of the franchise got a PG-13 rating when it came out in 2014, which contributed to its less-than-expected performance at the box office.
However, the main culprit for the disappointing results of “The Expendables 3” in terms of ticket sales is the fact that a pirated version of the movie already leaked online even before it hit the theaters.
The 69-year-old veteran Hollywood action star also said that “The Expendables 4” will be darker and full of bloody action, which is something they were not able to do with a washed down and tamed PG-13 rating for “The Expendables 3,” notes Release Date Portal.
Fanning the rumors about Sly being out
The rumors about Sly being out of “The Expendables 4” began following his receipt of the Golden Globes award early this year as Best Supporting Actor for the “Rocky” spin-off movie “Creed,” shown in November last year.
The speculations then were saying that Stallone would rather focus on the development and filming of “Creed 2” rather than concentrate on “The Expendables 4” because he was inspired by his acclaim as Best Supporting Actor. Stallone was also nominated for the same category in the Academy Awards but he did not win the award, notes the Day Herald.
It also did not help the rumors to be clarified when Terry Crews, one of the regular actors of the film series, was subsequently quoted as saying that he would take whatever it is that Stallone would decide on.
He also alluded that if Stallone decides to pursue “Creed 2” than “The Expendables 4,” he would support him for it because he looks up to the veteran action star as his mentor.
In fact, Crews even said that if Stallone decides that he is out of “The Expendables” franchise, he will definitely obey.
Indicative, however, of how trusted he is by Stallone, Terry Crews has been confirmed to play one of the hosts of the reality show “Ultimate Beastmaster” to be aired on Netflix later this year, that is to be produced by the “Rambo” actor.
Shopped for cast of “The Expendables 4”
Incidentally, a report has just come out that Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger had been shopping for cast members of “The Expendables 4” as early as 2014.
According to rumors, the duo had already considered including in the movie the following big name actors including Nicolas Cage, Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Jack Nicholson, Clint Eastwood, Bruce Willis again, and many others. But none of them seemed to have been confirmed.
Eventually, rumors about Jackie Chan and Philippine boxer Manny Pacquiao also made the casting rumors of “The Expendables 4,” which stemmed from the fact that Stallone and Schwarzenegger met the boxer in his locker room just before his match with Chris Algieri late in 2014.
Eventually, the casting reports said that “The Expendables 4” would feature three wrestlers for villains including Hulk Hogan, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, and the returning Stone Cold Steve Austin.
Then there are also reports that Pierce Brosnan, John Cusack, and Steven Seagal shall be joining the team of mercenaries led by Stallone’s Barney Ross and Jason Statham’s Lee Christmas.
While it made $208 million at the box office when it was shown in 2014, the figure is considered paltry for a movie like “The Expendables 3” and it was the lowest among the three movies in the franchise.
If not for China, where the movie earned more than $100 million, “The Expendables 3” would have been a certified box-office dude.
The two problems that hounded “The Expendables 3” are now being addressed by the producers and the cast members on “The Expendables 4” which would start filming in China this coming fall.