Sylvester Stallone disagrees with proposed Rocky Drago spinoff, which would further expand the boxing movie franchise. The first news of a recently announced Drago spin-off, albeit without any plot details or cast members, first came out last week.
The actor took to Instagram over the weekend to express his outrage, in a post that has since been deleted. But, according to Weekly entertainment, Stallone’s forceful note slammed Drago’s producers as “parasites” who “exploited” the franchise he created. Although he doesn’t address anyone by name in the post, Stallone refers to a “94-year-old producer” – likely 91-year-old Irwin Winkler – who he says is behind this film project he did not sign. . However, Stallone’s approval is not required as he has no ownership over the property he created.
“Another heartbreaker,” writes Stallone (via Entertainment Weekly). “Once again this pathetic 94 year old producer and his silly and useless vulture children, Charles and David, are once again cleaning the bones of another wonderful character that I created without even telling me…I m apologies to the fans, I never wanted Rocky Characters to be exploited by these pests.”
Stallone has made it clear that he has no hard feelings against actor Dolph Lundgren, who originated the role of Soviet boxer Ivan Dragon in Rocky IV in 1985. Lundgren also took to Instagram over the weekend to respond to Stallone’s comments, wanting to set the record straight that the Drago spin-off is only “possible” right now, with “no script approved, no deal in place , no director, and I personally felt like my my friend Sly Stallone was involved as a producer or even as an actor.”
Adds Lundgren, “In touch with Balboa – just so all the fans can relax.”
Creed 3 was recently delayed to March 3, 2023. Prior to last week, the film was originally slated for a Thanksgiving release with Michael B. Jordan directing what will also be his third outing as the character – the son of the former Rocky’s rival.
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