UPDATE: Sylvester Stallone dealt a fatal blow to MGM’s proposal Creed spin off Dracoslamming producer Irwin Winkler, with whom he is engaged in a feud over the rights of the Rocky franchise. On Sly’s Instagram, he called Winker a “the 94-year-old PATHETIC PRODUCER” and claimed they were “Once again, I’m cleaning THE BONES of another wonderful character I created without even telling myself.” He also called Dolph Lundgren, writing, “I have nothing but respect for Dolph but I wish HE had told me what was going on behind my back…Keep your REAL friends close.”
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A few hours later, he posted even more – again calling out Dolph:
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ORIGINAL POSITION: A new Creed spin-off is in development at MGM titled Draco. Screenwriter Robert Lawton (have a strong desire to, Sex & Sushi) enters the square circle for the newly announced project, although the plot remains under wraps. Reportedly, the film centers on Ivan Drago, the Russian boxer who defeated and killed Apollo Creed in Rocky IV. Portrayed by Dolph Lundgren, Drago returned to the Rocky franchise in 2018 for Creed II, with Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone. In Creed II, Ivan Drago dragged his son, Viktor Drago (Florian Munteanu), into a fight against Rocky Balboa’s protege, Adonis Creed (Jordan). Jordan will soon reprise his role for Creed 3in which he will star and direct.
Trained by some of Soviet Russia’s most determined coaches, Ivan Drago is an Olympic gold medalist turned boxer. His heart rate and punching strength are constantly monitored by high-tech equipment during training sessions, and his training schedule is inhumane. Draco rarely speaks throughout his appearance in Rocky IV, but every word is a death threat when he does. Rocky was warned not to enter the ring with Drago after the Russian wrecking ball hit Apollo so hard that he died from the impact of the giant’s powerful fists.
Lawton won a Nicholl Fellowship in 2021 for the spec script Get rockywho examines the making of Stallone Rocky and how he launched an unforgettable franchise.
“I’m incredibly humbled and grateful for this opportunity, and I approach it as a huge fan of the ‘Rocky’ franchise, who happens to be a screenwriter,” Lawton said in a statement to Variety. It’s unclear whether Lundgren or Florian Munteanu, who portrayed Viktor Drago, will reprise their roles in the Creed spin off Draco.
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