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‘Never Wanted Rocky To Be Exploited For This Greed’: Sylvester Stallone Blasts Drago Spin-off, Unleashes Wrath of God After Irwin Winkler Refuses to Let Go of Rights

Sylvester Stallone Drago Spin off Irwin Winkler

Sylvester Stallone makes his distaste for the new spin-off movie, Drago based on a character from his Oscar-winning franchise, Rocky very prominent in his latest Instagram post. Sylvester Stallone has objected to the movie, wondering how long producers are going to keep milking the legendary franchise just for profit generation. The Rocky star’s previous statement regarding his right over his movies also seems to seep into the conversation like leaking water.

Sylvester Stallone In And As Rocky
Sylvester Stallone In And As Rocky

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Sylvester Stallone Unhappy With Upcoming Drago Spin-Off

The first Rocky movie was developed in 1976. It was written by Sylvester Stallone himself and directed by John G. Avildsen.

The movie’s genre was sports drama and was based around the character of Rocky Balboa, a club fighter with no education who used to put his skills for debt collection and got a surprising opportunity to compete and participate in the world of International Heavyweight Lifting by Apollo Creed.

The whole franchise of the movie has around six Rocky movies, three Creed movies (spin-offs with one of them releasing next year in 2023), and may have another Rocky installment in the future and an already announced Drago movie.

Rocky IV 1985 Poster
Rocky IV 1985 Poster

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Ivan Drago played by actor Dolph Lundgren Is the protagonist of the Drago movie which is currently being written by Robert Lawton.

The first five installments of the Rocky franchise were produced by Robert Chartoff and Irwin Winkler while the last Rocky installment (so far) has the addition of Irwin Winkler’s two sons, David and Charles along with Kevin King-Templeton.

Now, the whole of the Rocky franchise is insanely massive and popular, having earned Academy Awards and heavily influenced by Mohammad Ali, so it is no surprise that whoever owns the rights to these amazing movies will enjoy a lot of profit.

Sylvester Stallone In Rocky
Sylvester Stallone In Rocky

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Regarding this fact, Sylvester Stallone has, on multiple occasions via social media, accused the producer of over half of the franchise, Irwin Winkler, of withholding his rights over the movies. Of course, being the father of the franchise, Sylvester Stallone did not take it well when his opinions and decisions were being overlooked by people who had no creative authority initially.

The Instagram post of this accusation has since been removed from his profile.

Sylvester Stallone Turns To Instagram To Express His Disapproval Over The Drago Movie

While Quoting a news article about the upcoming Drago movie, Sylvester Stallone took to Instagram, yet again, to shun the movie.

He explained how the news was a “heartbreaker” and although did not mention Irwin Winkler by name, he did mention a particular “Pathetic 94-year-old producer and his moronic useless vulture children”.

Sylvester Stallone's Instagram Post About The New Drago Movie

Sylvester Stallone's Instagram Post About The New Drago Movie
Sylvester Stallone’s Instagram Post About The New Drago Movie

Sylvester Stallone’s distaste seems justified knowing that he worked very hard and incredibly in all of the Rocky installments.

You can stream the Rocky movie on Amazon Prime Video.

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SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter.

Written by Anvesha Krishna

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