Sylvester Stallone settles his accounts and rages after the announcement of the development of a Rocky spin-off on Ivan Drago and his son.< /strong>
Rocky Balboa will never get back in the ring, but Sylvester Stallone has a few more punches to give. A few days ago, he arrested producer Irwin Winkler, the current owner of the rights to the Rocky license.(and by extension Creed), to claim the rights to the cult saga. If he was pissed off already,the news of the development of an Ivan Drago spin-off has added fuel to the fire.
The Wrap recently reported that MGM wants to bring back the iconic foe of the Italian Stallion after he was introduced in the kitsch Rocky IV and returned to < strong>Creed II. The screenplay was entrusted to Robert Lawton (Crave) and should follow the former Russian boxer and his son Viktor Drago played by Florian Munteanu. The interpreter of the Philadelphia boxer, but also the screenwriter of the main saga and the director of four opuses therefore did not miss the opportunity to make his dissatisfaction known on Instagram. And this time without an ounce of diplomacy.
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“Yet another heartbreaker. I just learned it. Once again Irwin Winkler, that pathetic 94 year old producer and his stupid, scavenging children Charles and David are once again gnawing at the bones of another wonderful character I created without even realizing it. talk. I apologize to the fans, I never intended for Rocky's characters to be exploited by these pests. Besides, I had nothing but respect for Dolph, but he never told me what was going on behind my back with the character I created for him. True friends are more valuable than gold.“
On another post (which depicts Irwin Winkler as a vampire), Stallone let loose a little more, calling the producer “Hollywood's most hated, talentless, decrepit producer”. He called them “bloodsuckers who destroyed a lot of families by lining their pockets with the work of others”. All accompanied by equally appeased hashtags: #parasitic producers and #exploited artists. At this exact moment, no one would want to be the actor's punching bag, no matter how old he is at 76.
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If the “cowardly and stupid scavengers” have not yet reacted, Dolph Lundgren tried to reduce the pressure by justifying himself and reminding that the project is still in an embryonic stage.
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“Just to clear things up regarding a possible Drago spin-off. There's no approved script, no deals in place, no director, and I personally felt like my friend Sly Stallone was involved as a producer or even as an actor. There was a leak in the press last week, which is unfortunate. I'm in touch with Mr. Balboa – so all fans can relax.”
The license therefore promises to continue in joy and good humor, even more with Stallone's prequel series project which has little chance of materializing. After the release of the director's cut Rocky IV: Rocky Vs. Drago, the two actors will soon be reunited on screen in The Expendables 4. For his part, Sylvester Stallone will be absent from the next Creed III which will let the character of Adonis Creed take over the torch entirely from the license with in addition its interpreter Michael B. Jordan to the realization.