There was controversy earlier in the year when Sylvester Stallone revealed that he was essentially thrown out of the Rocky franchise by the Winkler Family. Stallone was mad and you could probably say rightly so. Now out promoting Tulsa King, Stallone has spoken about this again with THR:
“It’s never gonna happen. It was a deal that was done unbeknownst to me by people that I thought were close to me, and they basically gave away whatever rights I would have had.
At the time, I was so excited to be working and I didn’t understand this is a business. Who knew Rocky would go on for another 45 years? I’ve never used one [line of dialogue] from anyone else – and the irony is that I don’t own any of it. The people who have done literally nothing control it.”
Asked if it was weird to see Creed III being hyped without his involvement, he says:
“That’s a regretful situation because I know what it could have been. It was taken in a direction that is quite different than I would’ve taken it. It’s a different philosophy – Irwin Winkler’s and Michael B. Jordan’s. I wish them well, but I’m much more of a sentimentalist. I like my heroes getting beat up, but I just don’t want them going into that dark space. I just feel people have enough darkness.”
Stallone also says he’s patched things up with Dolph after a brief misunderstanding regard a spin off movie for this series.