Sylvester Stallone attacked Rocky and Creed producers Irwin and David Winkler on social media.
Stallone criticized David’s freshly published memoir The Arrangement: A Love Story on Instagram on Saturday. Stallone wrote that the “unbearable useless dreck” was written by the “painfully untalented David Winkler,” and called David’s father “the astonishingly untalented and parasitical Producer of Rocky and Creed.”
The actor said he “liked and loved” Irwin’s producing partner, Robert Chartoff, who produced the Rocky franchise and the first Creed film before his death in 2015.
Stallone: “If it wasn’t for Winkler, there would’ve been at least three more Rockys.” “That crew is the most unhuman I’ve met in Hollywood. Keep punching, dedicated fans! It’s good to clear your heart.
The next day, Stallone said he’s unhappy over a franchise ownership dispute. Stallone wrote, “I’d prefer to have what’s left of my rights before passing them on to ONLY YOUR CHILDREN.” He said that this “eats at my soul” since he intended to leave Rocky to his children.
Rocky won three Oscars, including best film, and Sylvester Stallone was nominated for best actor and best screenwriter. Stallone was nominated for best supporting actor for his role in Creed.
Irwin Winkler and Chartoff produced the first five Rocky movies. Rocky Balboa, the 2006 reboot, has six producers, including David and Charles Winkler.
Stallone, Irwin, David, and Charles Winkler, and others produce all of the Creed films, including Creed III. Michael B. Jordan plays Apollo Creed’s son in the Creed franchise.
Stallone told Metro last month that he “bowed out” of Creed III and that the picture goes a “different direction,” but he wished it success.
Stallone created Rocky Balboa in 1976 (creating a 90-page script in three days) and agreed to feature as the boxer. In 2019, Stallone regretted having “zero ownership over Rocky.” “It was shocking that it never happened, but I was told, ‘Hey, you were paid, so why complain?'” I was angry.”
Winkler told The Hollywood Reporter in 1983 that producer Chartoff promised him a role in the original Rocky. “We persuaded United Artists to fund it. They gave us a little loan and demanded our homes as collateral. We mortgaged ourselves to finish on time, and we did.