Sylvester Stallone calls ‘Rocky’ producer Irwin Winkler “untalented and parasitic” Over Ownership Rights
Sylvester Stallone called for a “fair gesture” from “Rocky” producer Irwin Winkler on Instagram on Sunday, criticising Winkler for refusing to transfer ownership of the franchise.
Irwin Winkler is depicted in the photo as a serpent with a knife for a tongue, and Sylvester Stallone captions it, “A very flattering portrait of the great ‘Rocky’/’Creed’ producer, Irwin Winkler, from one of the country’s greatest.”
Stallone wrote to Irwin, “After Irwin controlling ‘Rocky’ for over 47 years, and now ‘Creed,’ I really would like to have at least a little [of] WHAT’S LEFT of my rights back, before passing it on to ONLY YOUR CHILDREN — I believe that would be a fair gesture from this 93-year-old gentleman?”
Winkler served as a producer for the “Rocky” films and now owns the rights to the “Creed” sequel pictures.
Stallone has expressed irritation for some time now that he has no control over the “Rocky” franchise he helped establish.
It is always fantastic to hear from the dedicated fans, but this is a difficult topic that tears at my soul since I wanted to leave something of Rocky for my children. Continue throwing punches, Stallone urged.
Stallone shared a picture of the cover of “The Arrangement: A Love Story,” a novel written by Winkler’s son David, along with an incendiary review calling it “by far the worst” book he had ever read on Saturday. The author is the son of “the remarkably untalented and parasitical Producer of Rocky and Creed,” the caption added.
Five further films have been released in the “Rocky” franchise, which began with Stallone’s 1976 blockbuster and follows Rocky Balboa’s fighting career. Michael B. Jordan’s “Creed” offshoot franchise has already debuted two features, with a third picture scheduled for release in November 2022.