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Arnold Schwarzenegger says he won't return to 'The Expendables' without Sylvester Stallone

Arnold Schwarzenegger speaks on stage prior to the Arnold Family Walk as part of the 2017 Arnold Classic on March 19, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

Arnold Schwarzenegger speaks on stage prior to the Arnold Family Walk as part of the 2017 Arnold Classic on March 19, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

Arnold Schwarzenegger will not return to The Expendables franchise without Sylvester Stallone.

The Terminator star has appeared in the three action films alongside Sly, but following reports suggesting his old pal has exited the fourth film due to creative differences with studio bosses, Arnold is not keen to gear up for the next instalment.

“There is no Expendables without Sly,” he tells Entertainment Weekly. “I would never do the movie without him.”

On Friday, Stallone’s representative reportedly confirmed the actor had dropped out of the movie because he couldn’t come to an agreement about a new director, the script, and other elements of the film with executives. Stallone co-wrote and starred in the first three films.

Arnold has not seen the script for the new movie and is not sure if one exists, but he insists his character needs to be more developed in the next movie or he will not be back.

“I think the first and second (film) were terrific,” he says, “but the third one, I thought my part was not written well. It was also not playing well in the movie, as far as I was concerned.

“Maybe other people believed differently, but I didn’t believe that I had any value in the movie. I love the franchise, by the way. I think it’s a spectacular franchise, The Expendables. I think that Sly has good ideas, what he wants to do with it, and I think if they write a really good script (in) which my part is very well-developed, I would do it. If not, then I won’t do it.”

Meanwhile, following the news of Stallone’s departure, movie studio boss Avi Lerner played down the reports, insisting he is confident they will reach an agreement.

“We’ve got disagreements with Sly, but we’ve had them for over a year and a half,” the producer told Deadline. “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.”