Sylvester Stallone Slams ‘Creed’ Spin-Off ‘Drago’

Sylvester Stallone

The unauthorized film is the latest battleground in Stallone’s decades-long feud with “Rocky” producer Irwin Winkler.

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Many fans were surprised this week to learn that MGM is development a new “Creed“titled spin-off”Dracoabout Ivan Drago and his son by Dolph Lundgren, played by Florian Munteanu. This group includes Sylvester Stallonewho does not participate in the film and claims to have no knowledge of it.

Stallone took to Instagram on Saturday night to express his surprise and disgust at the film, which he says was put together behind his back by his longtime nemesis Irwin Winkler and his sons. He reserved some praise for Lundgren, but also feels personally betrayed that his former co-star didn’t tell him about the project.

“Another heartbreaker…” stallone wrote. “Just found out… ONCE AGAIN, this 94 year old PATHETIC PRODUCER and HIS USELESS VALUABLE CHILDREN MORONS, Charles and David, are once again selecting the bones of another wonderful character I created without even say it… I APOLOGIZE to the FANS, I never meant ROCKY characters for these parasites to exploit… By the way, 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.

This is far from the first time Stallone has aired his grievances about Irwin Winkler. The actor has long held a grudge that he doesn’t own any rights to the “Rocky” characters despite creating the entire franchise. Stallone’s contract for the first “Rocky” film paid him a fixed fee for writing and starring in the film, as well as a percentage of the box office gross, but no ownership over the intellectual property. This led to a strained working relationship with the Winkler family over the years, as Stallone was forced to continue working with them if he wanted to continue portraying the iconic character despite frequent creative and business disagreements.

In 2019, Stallone recalled his failed attempts to ask the Winklers for fairness in the franchise: “When I finally confronted them, I said, ‘Do you mind that I write every word, I choreographed it, I tell you I was faithful, I promoted it, realized and I don’t have 1% that I could leave to my children?’ And the quote was, ‘You got paid.’ And that was the end of the conversation.

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