By Vic Medina | Published
Sylvester Stallone no longer hesitates to criticize the producer Irwin Winkler, holder of the rights of the Rocky film series, a character he created and turned into an Oscar-winning franchise. In two Instagram posts over the weekend, Stallone called Winkler and her children the vampires who drained the life of the Rocky movies and refused to give her even partial ownership of the character, according to Deadline. His posts, which he deleted on Monday morning, laid bare his frustrations with ownership — and stewardship — of the characters he created and still deeply love.
Stallone first released his thoughts on Saturday when reports circulated that a Rocky a spin-off based on the character of Drago was in the works. It was a movie that Sylvester Stallone had no knowledge of, and he directed his anger at Winkler in no uncertain terms. “Another heartbreaker…just found out,” he wrote in the since-deleted post (emphasis added). “ONCE AGAIN this 94 year old PATHETIC PRODUCER and HIS CHILDREN OF MORRONIC USELESS VAULTERS are again choosing the BONES of another wonderful character I created without even telling me. I apologize to the FANS, I don’t “I never wanted the ROCKY characters to be exploited by these parasites. Stallone changed the wording of the post several times over the weekend, including adding the names of Irwin’s sons, Charles and David, to his rant, which included a photo of Creed II by Dolph Lundgren and Florian Munteanu as Ivan and Viktor Drago.
On Sunday, Sylvester Stallone went completely wild, posting a photo of Irwin Winkler as a vampire with bloody teeth, with Rocky’s character in the foreground seemingly sucked dry. “IRWIN WINKLER and FAMILY SUCK ROCKY DRY,” he wrote. “Presumed to be the most hated, talentless, decrepit (sp), Producer in Hollywood and his cowardly children have found their next meal… Draco? The messages arrived the same weekend as he celebrated his brother Frank’s birthday and filmed the new series king of tulsa for Paramount+.
Stallone even called his friend Lundgren, asking why he never even called about the movie. “By the way, I once had nothing but respect for Dolph,” he wrote. “He NEVER told me what was going on behind my back with the character I created for him!!! TRUE FRIENDS Are more precious than gold. Sylvester Stallone later deleted mentions of Lundgren (before to completely delete the message), but the Draco The actor took to Instagram to clear up the situation. He said he believes Stallone was involved in the film, which is still in the concept stage. “Just to set the record straight,” Lundgren wrote on Instagram. “There’s no script approved, no deals in place, no director and I personally felt like my friend Sly Stallone was involved as a producer or even as an actor… In touch with Mr. Balboa – just so all the fans can relax.” He said information about the film was leaked to the press.
For years, Stallone has made it clear that he doesn’t own the rights to Rocky or any of its sequels or spin-offs and wants them back. As an unknown in Hollywood in the 1970s, he sold Winkler the rights to Rocky so the film would be made with him as the star, something the studio didn’t want in mind. He was paid $75,000 and 10% of the profits, according to Variety. Although this deal has brought Stallone a good amount of money over the years, it seems that owning at least some of the rights to the Rocky character is a point of pride for Sylvester Stallone and something he wanted to leave to his children. . “After IRWIN controlled ROCKY for over 47 years, and now CREED, I would really like to have at least a little WHAT’S REMAINING of my RIGHTS, before passing it ONLY to YOUR CHILDREN – I believe that would be a JUST gesture from this 93 year old gentleman,” he wrote in a since-deleted Instagram post.
In March 2021, there was a suspicion that all was not well in the rocky/belief universe. At the time, Stallone confirmed that he would not appear in the third Creed movie in an Instagram post. “I won’t be in Credo 3, for sure,” he replied to a fan. Although he didn’t elaborate, dropping this kind of announcement in such a down-to-earth way left the impression that there was a lot more to the decision that went unsaid. Sylvester Stallone’s statement came days after it was announced that star Michael B. Jordan would direct the third film, which was pushed back from a November 2022 release to March 2023. Meanwhile, Stallone’s latest film, the superhero movie Samaritanpremieres on Amazon Prime Video on August 26.