Sylvester Stallone is speaking out against the new Rocky spin-off Drago, calling producers who have "exploited" the franchise he created "parasites."
The actor expressed his outrage in an Instagram post on Saturday, sharing a news article about the upcoming film and condemning those behind the production. While he did not address anyone by name, his reference to a "94-year-old producer" implies he is directing his comments at the producer of the series, Irwin Winkler. Though 91, he has come under fire from the Oscar-winning actor on several occasions. He also appears to reference his children, producers Charles and David Winkler.
"Another Heartbreaker… Just found this out… ONCE AGAIN , this PATHETIC 94 year old PRODUCER and HIS MORONIC USELESS VULTURE CHILDREN, Charles And David, are once again picking clean THE BONES of another wonderful character I created without even telling me," Stallone wrote.
He concluded with an apology to fans, noting it was not his intention for the characters to be "exploited."
"I APOLOGIZE to the FANS, I never wanted ROCKY characters to be exploited by these parasites."
Despite his opposition to the project, Stallone made it clear that he has no ill will towards actor Dolph Lundgren, who portrays Ivan Drago in Rocky IV and Creed II and is on board for the latest installment. But the 76-year-old shared he wishes Lundgren had informed him of the latest development.
"By the way, I have nothing but respect for Dolph but I wish HE had told me what was going on behind my back," he added. "Keep your REAL friends close."
Stallone has been vocal about his wish to overtake control over the franchise in the past. Earlier this month, he shared a post in which he called on Winkler to give him what was left of the rights.Post too long. Click here to view the full text.