Sylvester Stallone has spoken more about his dispute with original “Rocky” producer Irwin Winkler following the announcement of a new spin-off film focusing on the Drago character from “Rocky IV” and “Creed 2”.
In a new Instagram post, he doesn’t name Winkler but says a 94-year-old producer and his children are “once again picking what is left OFF THE BONES of another wonderful character.”
He added: “I am sorry to the FANS, I APOLOGIZE to the FANS I never wanted ROCKY to be exploited FOR THIS GREED .. # no shame #sad day #Parasite.”
This post follows one from earlier this month that criticized Winkler by name along with Irwin’s son David. In a follow-up post, he wrote that he was upset over an ownership dispute related to the franchise. Both of those posts from a fortnight ago have since been deleted.
Stallone starred in and wrote the screenplay for 1976’s Oscar-winning “Rocky” which Winkler produced, and in 2019 Stallone told Variety he had “zero ownership” of “Rocky”. Stallone bowed out of appearing in “Creed III” which hits cinemas on March 3rd next year.