In a combative Instagram post on Sunday, the actor chided the 93-year-old executive for his alleged stranglehold in Rocky and its sequels, as well as Creed spin-offs starring Michael B. Jordan. (Another Stallone-produced and Jordan-directed film is due in theaters this fall.)
Calling him a gentleman, Stallone published a portrait of Winkler as a snake with a sharp tongue. The stick-playing action hero expressed concern that Winkler was bequeathing the ownership of “Rocky” to his family, leaving nothing to Stallone.
“After IRWIN controlled ROCKY for over 47 years and now CREED, I would really like to get at least a little of WHAT IS REMAINING of my RIGHTS before handing it over to YOUR CHILDREN ONLY – I think that would be FAIR. a gesture from this 93-year-old gentleman?” Stallone wrote. “This is a painful topic that eats away at my soul, because I wanted to leave something from Rocky to my children.”
According to diversityAt first, Stallone was paid less than six figures for writing and acting on the original 1976 Rocky, but he made millions as a percentage of the profits. “Rocky” and subsequent films collected at the box office over $1.5 billion worldwide.
In 2019, Stallone told the show business portal that he has made good money on the franchise. “My kids and their kids are being taken care of because of the system,” he told Variety. “But there are dark little passages and people who put it in front of you. They say Hollywood is the one that stabs you in the chest. They don’t even hide it.”
But screen legend says he was stripped of his stake in the Rocky universe. “I don’t own Rocky,” Stallone said.
In an earlier Instagram post insulting Winkler’s son David Winkler’s new book, he called Irwin Winkler a “parasite” and said the longtime executive and his family were some of the worst people ever.
The Winkler family did not immediately respond to a request for comment.