Star Of The Rocky Franchise Hits Out At The Upcoming Spinoff Drago
Sylvester Stallone star of the hit Rocky franchise has hit out at executive producer Irwin Winkler following news of the Drago spinoff film starring Dolph Lundgren.
Rocky, directed by John G. Avildsen and starring Stallone as the eponymous boxer Rocky Balboa, was the first episode in the Rocky film franchise. Stallone has previously chastised Irwin Winkler, who produced both the Rocky and Creed movies and his son David Winkler, who also acts as a producer on the Creed flicks.
Despite the fact that he authored the first picture and has earned millions of dollars from Rocky and its following sequels, Stallone claims to have "zero ownership" in the Rocky franchise, which is a key basis for the actor's enmity with Winkler.
"After Irwin controlling Rocky for over 47 years, and now Creed," Stallone wrote in another social media post. "I really would like to have at least a little of what's left of my rights back, before passing it on to only your children - I believe That would be a fair gesture from this 93-year-old-gentleman? ... This is a painful subject That eats at my soul because I wanted to leave something of Rocky for my children."
Lundgren said in November 2021 that a Rocky spinoff centering on the Drago family was in the works. Now that has been confirmed and details about the movie have begun leaking out, which has angered Rocky quite a bit. Stallone criticized the forthcoming spinoff flick Drago in an Instagram post. Dolph Lundgren will play Ivan, and Florian Munteanu will play Viktor in Drago. Stallone was particularly displeased with the film's producer, Irwin Winkler, who previously worked on the Rocky and Creed series and with whom Stallone has an ongoing conflict.
Stallone addressed the issue in an Instagram post "Winkler and his "moron worthless vulture children," Charles and David Winkler, who "are once again picking clean THE BONES of another fantastic character I created without even notifying me." "The spinoff will be produced by Charles and David Winkler. "I APOLOGIZE TO THE FANS, I never wanted ROCKY characters to be misused by these parasites...," Stallone went on. "By the way, I used to have a lot of respect for Dolph, but he never told me anything about what was going on behind my back with the persona I built for him!!! TRUE FRIENDS are more valuable than money." It is pretty sad to see all of this play out in the public eye, long-time relationships being ruined and fraught over because a very greedy and old man wants to hold everything for himself because Sylvester Stallone is not being out of order with what he requested. He created this whole world, there would be no Rocky without him, and to be honest it is pretty dumbfounding how he has now ownership over what he made. He deserves it, it is not only the just thing to do but it is his right.