Sylvester Stallone Calls "Parasitical" Rocky Producer To Return Franchise Rights To Him: "I Want To Leave Something Of Rocky For My Children"
Sylvester Stallone has called out Rocky producer Irwin Winkler in a candid post on Instagram, urging him to hand over the rights to the franchise.
Sylvester Stallone has hit out at Rocky producer Irwin Winkler and urged him to hand back the rights to the film franchise.
The actor wrote and starred in the hit 1976 boxing movie as well as its sequels, but he claims the film rights have been controlled by Winkler for 46 years and he wants them handed over to him so he can pass them on to his son and three daughters.
He made the plea in a candid post on Instagram which he shared alongside a portrait of Winkler depicting him as a snake with a knife for a tongue. Stallone wrote: "A VERY Flattering portrait of The Great Rocky/ Creed Producer, Irwin Winkler, from one of the country‘s greatest artist (sic)."
He then added: "After IRWIN controlling ROCKY for over 47 years , and now CREED, , I really would like have at least a little 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 ? … "
Stallone went on to admit the dispute over the film rights is "painful" but he wants to leave something for his kids.
He wrote: "This is a painful subject That eats at my soul , because I wanted to leave something of Rocky for my children, but it’s always great hearing from the loyal fans … Keep Punching."
The post came after a previous message which slammed a book called The Arrangement: A Love Story by Winkler's son David.
Stallone called the novel "unbearable worthless dreck" and added further fuel to his feud with the senior Winkler, claiming there would have been "at least three" more Rocky movies if it wasn't for him.
He wrote: "You know I love reading and I’ve read thousands of books but I have to say THIS one is by far the worst! If you ever run out of toilet paper PLEASE by this one you won’t be disappointed. It’s very absorbent… This unbearable worthless dreck was written by the painfully untalented David Winkler who is the son of the remarkably untalented and parasitical Producer of Rocky and Creed.
"Even though I barely ever saw him around in all those years, the one and only Irwin Winkler and wife Margot. I really respected and LOVED his wonderful partner ROBERT CHARTOFF Who had real talent and SOUL, but unfortunately passed away much too soon…….
"If it wasn’t for Winkler there would’ve been at least another three Rocky’s , that would’ve been wonderful … frankly that crew are the worst unhunman beings I’ve ever met in the movie industry. I will forever love the loyal fans and keep punching.!!! REMEMBER IT FEELS GOOD TO CLEAR YOUR HEART …
Stallone previously opened up to Variety in 2019 about missing out on an equity stake in the movie franchise, admitting his inexperience in the early days of his career led him to make a big mistake.
"I have zero ownership of Rocky," he said then. "Every word, every syllable, every grammatical error was all my fault. It was shocking that it never came to be, but I was told, 'Hey, you got paid, so what are you complaining about?' I was furious."
Rocky was a huge hit after its release in 1976 and went on to win three Oscars including the coveted Best Picture gong. Stallone was nominated for Best Actor and Best Screenplay.
The movie spawned five sequels and the 2015 spin-off Creed, starring Michael B Jordan, and two follow-ups, 2018's Creed II and Creed III, due in November.
Stallone's upcoming projects include the superhero actioner Samaritan, slated to launch in August in the US, and the Paramount+ drama series Tulsa King, where he plays New York mafia capo Dwight 'The General' Manfredi'.
— BANG SHOWBIZ
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