Stallone fights for Rocky: the furious intern who divides the actor, his character and Iván Drago

In the red corner, Adonis Creed; in blue, the dragon family. The news of a spin-off from the Soviets did not sit well with Stallone

The story is well known: Sylvester Stallone was a poor actor living the low life when he came up with the story of a poor boxer living the low life and, after knocking on quite a few doors, got it filmed. And star in it. The one who agreed to film the script for this unknown interpreter was Irwin Winkler, producer of the very low-budget film that would end up winning the Oscar for best film of the year.

Of course, to achieve the dream of starring in the movie that catapulted him to fame, Stallone had to give in: and he gave up control of the rights, which were left to Winkler. For a while, the deal didn’t seem to faze Stallone, who filmed five Rockys as he became a larger-than-life action star. In 2006, Stallone closed the saga, apparently forever, with “Rocky Balboa”, and it seemed that the matter was finished.

But in 2013, MGM decided to relaunch the saga with Ryan Coogler (then director of the independent gem “Fruitvale Station,” with Michael B. Jordan, but now recognized for being the helmsman on “Black Panther”) writing and directing “Creed ”, a kind of sequel and spin-off of the adventures of Rocky Balboa, centered on Adonis Creed, the unrecognized son of Apollo, great rival and friend of the Italian Stallion. Stallone returned to the role drunk, and even wrote part of the script for “Creed II”… but that’s where the problems began.

Because Stallone remembered that he was not the owner of his creature, or rather, they made him remember it with all kinds of advertisements: a television series about a young Rocky and another spin-off about the relationship between an old boxer and a boxer. immigrant joined the “Creed III” project, confirmed to be released in 2023. Stallone, who had already gotten off “Creed III”, thought it was too much: too many projects to squeeze his beloved Rocky, and too much money without anything was taxed.

The straw that broke the camel’s back was the news of a movie about the Drago family that Stallone found out about in the newspaper. Dolph Lundgren had returned to the character of Ivan Drago in “Creed II”, along with his son, Viktor Drago (Florian Munteanu), who faced Adonis as revenge for the events that occurred in “Rocky IV”. But while the appearance of the Soviet in that film had been villainous to the point of caricature (and yet, still cemented in the collective memory), in “Creed II”, directed by Steven Caple Jr., the Russians built a couple of father and emotional and hard son.

Winkler thought his story deserved to be told and hired Robert Lawton to write it: the screenwriter got the job after impressing MGM executives with a script called “Becoming Rocky” for an audiovisual project about the first film. Rocky movie, in the style of “The Offer”. That project failed, but Lawton left a good image.

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Stallone gave up the rights to the character to be able to make the first “Rocky”

Stallone had already told on multiple occasions that he does not have any percentage of Rocky’s rights, but this time he broke out against his now archnemesis, Winkler, and his family. In a post on social media that he called “The Real Rocky Horror Show,” the actor called the producer a “bloodsucker” after learning about the Soviet spin-off in the media.

“Another news that breaks my heart. Once again this pathetic 94 year old producer and his vulture and jerk sons of his, Charles and David, are once again cleaning the bones of another wonderful character that I created without even telling me,” he wrote in his post. . “They are parasites,” shot Stallone, who apologized to the fans, I never wanted the ‘Rocky’ characters to be exploited by these parasites…”.

“By the way, I have nothing but respect for Dolph but I wish he would have told me what was going on behind my back with the character I created for him. True friends are more valuable than gold, ”he sentenced, to top it off. Stallone and Lundgren have been friends for years, and in fact Stallone launched the Swede’s career with “Rocky IV” and called him back for “The Expendables.” But the blondo kept the secret: perhaps that caused the outburst of the “Rambo” actor…

Which followed, unstoppable, in another publication, this time with retouched images of a Winkler sucking the blood of “Rocky” and stabbing him in the back. “He is presumed to be the most hated, talentless and decrepit producer in Hollywood and his cowardly sons have found his next meal…Drago? Give me back my bloodsucking rights! ”, Sylvester shot, furious, although he promised that he“ will keep fighting ”for“ Rocky ”.

How? Legal measures have not yet been announced, and it would also be necessary to see what they are, taking into account that at the time he gave up his shares to make that first film. “I did not want to alter the feathers of the goose that laid the golden eggs,” Stallone once reflected on the transfer of rights to him. You have to understand: “Rocky” was made against all odds, and to get it done Stallone had to give in. And he got a movie with an unknown actor, with very little money, that became an iconic movie for all time. Almost like its protagonist: a story of an underdog who wins the title against all odds.

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Stallone fights for Rocky: the furious intern who divides the actor, his character and Iván Drago


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