- Sylvester Stallone expressed frustration at not having an ownership stake in the “Rocky” franchise.
- In since-deleted Instagram posts over the weekend, he called out franchise producers Irwin and David Winkler.
- He called them “untalented” and “the worst inhuman beings I have ever seen in the film industry”.
Sylvester Stallone took to Instagram Saturday and Sunday to blast “Rocky” franchise producer Irwin Winkler and his son David Winkler in posts that were initially deleted due to his lack of ownership of the franchise.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Stallone called David’s new book, “The Arrangement: A Love Story,” “the worst book” he’s ever read and called him an “insufferable worthless drake” and “painfully untalented.” He called Irwin “remarkably untalented and parasitic”.
“If Winkler didn’t have at least three more rookies, that would be nice,” Stallone wrote Saturday. “Honestly, the crew are some of the worst inhumane people I’ve ever met in the film industry.”
Representatives for Stallone and Irwin Winkler did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment. David Winkler declined to comment.
This isn’t the first time Stallone has voiced his grievances over his lack of ownership stake in the “Rocky” franchise, which also includes the “Creed” films.
Stallone shelled out millions in back-end deals for the original “Rocky” movies in which he received a share of the box-office revenue, including $2.5 million for the first film in 1976, which he wrote, co-produced and starred in.
But in a 2019 interview with Variety, Stallone lamented that he didn’t receive a share of the merchandising or licensing revenue from his similar studio MGM (which was acquired by Amazon this year).
“They had 100 different licenses, and they said it was all going to be put into the pot, which would mean hundreds of millions of dollars over 45 years,” Stallone told Variety in 2019. “I never saw that pot. I was so angry. I was angry. ‘Rocky’ is on TV more around the world than any other Oscar-winning movie except ‘The Godfather.’ You have six of them and now you have ‘Creed’ and ‘Creed II.’ ‘ There is.”
Stallone told Variety that he didn’t fight hard for the part at his attorney’s insistence and that he was “so busy with other things that I didn’t bother with it.”
But the problem lingers decades later.
“I really want to [to] It’s at least a little bit back to the left of my right before giving it only to your children – I believe it would be a fair gesture,” Stallone wrote in a now-deleted follow-up post on Sunday.
“Creed III” is slated to hit theaters in November. Producers include Winkler.