Sylvester Stallone’s tough battle to recover the rights to the Rocky saga

Sylvester Stallone punches Dolph Lundgren in a scene from the movie ‘Rocky IV,’ 1985. (Photo by United Artists/Getty Images)

Sylvester Stallone is in a tough legal battle to get the rights to the Rocky franchisethe famous saga of films that brought him to world fame and of which he is its creator.

The 76-year-old Hollywood star slammed the film’s producer, Irwin Winkler, for taking control of the Rocky movies and the cleave of the saga that bears the name ´Creed´. Stallone posted her displeasure with him through photos he posted on his Instagram account.

The film, which was written for and starred by the New York actor, was praised by critics and broke box office records by grossing close to $225 million (the equivalent of $1 billion today).

In the film, Stallone plays an Italian-American boxer raised on the tough streets of Philadelphia.

The actor posted on his Instagram account some edited photos in which you can appreciate the producer Winkler and his family as if they were vampires.

“A very flattering portrait of the great producer of Rocky and Creed, Irwin Winkler, from one of the country’s great artists,” Stallone wrote.

“Also, after Irwin controlled Rocky for over 47 years, and now Creed, I’d like to get back some of what’s left of my rights, before he passes them on to his children. I think it would be a fair gesture from a 93-year-old gentleman.”Stallone continued.

He added: “This is a very painful subject that eats at my soul, because I wanted to leave some of Rocky for my children, but it’s always great to hear what loyal fans have to say … Keep on hitting.”

Stallone, the mind behind the multimillion-dollar saga, is not the owner of the rights to the character he played. The first of the Rocky films—there are six in all, plus another three from Creed—was critically acclaimed in 1976 and received nine Oscar nominations, winning three statuettes, including the top award for Best movie.

“Welcome to the Rocky Show Horror!! We are the very happy producers of the film, Irwin and Margo, Charles and David and the whole family. We are staying healthy and very well fed while monitoring all the Rocky movies for over 50 years! Bon appétit! Keep hitting!” Stallone wrote in another of his posts on the social network.

Sylvester Stallone poses with the statue of "Rocky" in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art in September 2006. (REUTERS)
Sylvester Stallone poses with the “Rocky” statue in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art in September 2006. (REUTERS)

Nevertheless, This is not the first time that Stallone has fought for the rights and profits of his films.

“I don’t own Rocky’s property,” he told Variety in 2019.”Every word, every syllable, every grammatical error was my fault. It was shocking that it never happened, but they said, “Hey, you got paid, so what are you complaining about?”. He was furious”.

Despite this dispute, Stallone has continued to work with producer Winkler.

In 2021, everything from “Rocky” boxing gloves to “Rambo” headbands were auctioned off in an event that raised about $1.5 million.

Featured memorabilia included Stallone’s boxing gloves from “Rocky III,” which sold for between $10,000 and $20,000, as well as handwritten notebooks from the first four “Rocky” movies, priced between $40,000 and $20,000. $60,000.

“Rambo” fans were offered a collection of machetes from the first three films, for between $10,000-$20,000 each, as well as the headband worn by Stallone in “Rambo: First Blood Part II” ($8,000- $10,000), among other products.

Stallone, who was born in New York in 1946, rose to fame with the 1976 Oscar-winning boxing movie “Rocky.”soon becoming one of the biggest action movie stars in Hollywood.

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