Sylvester Stallone Is Unhappy With "Parasite" Rocky Producers Over Drago Spin-Off: "They Are Once Again Picking Clean The Bones Of Another Wonderful Character I Created"
Sylvester Stallone is upset that the Rocky producers and Dolph Lundgren are developing a spin-off about Ivan Dragon — without him.
Sylvester Stallone has called out Dolph Lundgren and Rocky producers over plans for the new spin-off movie Drago without involving him.
Stallone, who's been battling producer Irwin Winkler to regain the rights to the boxing franchise after writing and starring in the hit 1976 original as well as its sequels, has lashed out over plans for a new film with Lundgren reprising his Rocky IV role as Rocky Balboa's boxer nemesis Ivan Drago.
In a now-deleted post on Instagram, Stallone shared screenshots of the film's announcement and wrote: "Another Heartbreaker… Just found this out…ONCE AGAIN , IRWIN WINKLER , this PATHETIC 94 year old PRODUCER and HIS MORONIC VULTURE CHILDREN, Charles And David , are once again picking clean THE BONES of another wonderful character I created without even telling me … I APOLOGIZE to the FANS , I never wanted ROCKY characters to be exploited by these parasites… By the way, I once had nothing but respect for Dolph but he NEVER told me about what was going on behind my back with the character I created for him !!! REAL FRIENDS Are more precious than gold.
In another now-deleted post, Stallone added a picture that showed Winkler as a vampire sucking the blood of Rocky Balboa and wrote in the caption: "After Irwin Winkler and family suck 'Rocky' dry! ... Presumed to be the most hated, untalented, decrepited (sic) producer in Hollywood and his cowardly children have found their next meal … Drago, returned my rights bloodsuckers! ... "
He added: "Throughout history so many artists in every industry ,recording , painting writing , you name it have been destroyed by these blood suckers.
"Who have destroyed so many families , lining their pockets with other people! DOLPH, why? Not a phone call? #Parasite producers #exploited artists victims."
Lundgren later responded to the posts by sharing a picture of the two actors together and insisted he thought Stallone was involved in the new movie project.
The 64-year-old Masters of the Universe star wrote: "Just to set the record straight regarding a possible 'Drago' spinoff. There’s no approved script, no deals in place, no director and I was personally under the impression that my friend Sly Stallone was involved as a producer or even as an actor,
"There was a press leak last week which was unfortunate. In touch with Mr Balboa - just so all the fans can relax …There ya go."
Last month, Stallone lashed out against Irwin and David Winkler in since-deleted posts in depriving him an equity stake in the Rocky franchise.
“After Irwin controlling ‘Rocky’ for over 47 years, and now ‘Creed’, 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,” Stallone wrote at the time.
Released in 1976, Rocky was a huge commercial success that went on to win three Oscars including the coveted Best Picture gong. Stallone was nominated for Best Actor and Best Screenplay for his writing.
He later starred in five sequels as well as Creed, the 2015 spin-off which landed him a Best Supporting Oscar nomination. Starring Michael B Jordan in the title role, Creed also spawned a sequel, with a second one due next year. The character of Drago debuted in 1985's Rocky IV and went on to make further appearances in Creed II.
Post-Rocky IV, Stallone and Lundgren teamed up for The Expendables series, with the fourth instalment slated for next year. This year, Stallone has the superhero movie, Samaritan, out on Amazon Prime Video on Aug 26, and the TV crime series, Tulsa King, premiering in November.
— BANG SHOWBIZ
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