“Rocky” and “Creed” producer Irwin Winkler has been accused by veteran action star Sylvester Stallone of denying him access to the property for nearly five decades.
Once again, Sylvester Stallone expressed his displeasure with the film series he helped create.
On Sunday, the 76-year-old actor took a dig at the filmmaker with an Instagram post in which he uploaded a portrait of Winkler transformed into a knife-tongued snake.
‘Rocky’ and ‘Creed’ producer Irwin Winkler gets a glowing tribute from one of the country’s most celebrated filmmakers with this profile piece. I’d want to receive a little of what’s left of my rights back, before passing it on to only your children—I believe that would be a reasonable gift from this 93-year-old gentleman?” Stallone penned the piece.
The star and writer of ”Rocky” said this was a ”painful subject that eats at my soul”.
”… because I wanted to leave something of Rocky for my children, but it’s always great hearing from the loyal fans… Keep punching,” he added.
It was just a day ago that Sylvester Stallone blasted Winkler’s recently published memoir “The Arrangement: A Love Story,” calling it “by far the worst book he’s ever read.”
It was in an Instagram post that actor Rocky Balboa called Winkler “the astonishingly untalented and parasitical Producer of Rocky and Creed”.
At least three more Rocky films may have happened if Winkler hadn’t been around. “That would have been amazing,” he had added.
‘Rocky’ was written, directed, and acted by Stallone in the first of six films in the Rocky series. Stallone went on to get two Oscar nominations for best actor and best original screenplay. At the 49th Academy Awards, the 1976 boxing drama won the best picture, best director, and best film editing for John G. Avildsen and Richard Halsey, and Scott Conrad.
Despite earning a first-dollar profit on the early “Rocky” sequels and net points from 1976 original, which cost just over $1 million to create but grossed USD 225 million worldwide, Stallone argues that he has been denied an equity part in the series, according to Variety.
“I was astonished when I found out that Sylvester Stallone was dissatisfied with his investment in the franchise,” Winkler remarked in an interview with the Hollywood Reporter in 2019. “Creed,” starring Michael B. Jordan, and its 2018 sequel, “Creed II,” were both made by Stallone, who starred and produced both films, according to an insider.