Dolph Lundgren Tells Rocky Fans to ‘Relax’ After Stallone Slams Drago

Dolph Lundgren took to social media to “set the document straight” relating to the latest controversy that’s consuming the “Rocky” franchise. Selection reported July 28 that MGM is growing a “Drago” spinoff film with screenwriter Robert Lawton, an announcement that was later condemned by “Rocky” franchise creator and actor Sylvester Stallone. Lundgren advised “Rocky” followers to chill out after Stallone spoke out in opposition to the movie, and he confirmed he’s now in contact with Stallone concerning the potential spinoff after assuming Stallone could be routinely concerned.

“Simply to set the document straight relating to a doable ‘Drago’ spinoff. There’s no accredited script, no offers in place, no director and I used to be personally below the impression that my buddy Sly Stallone was concerned as a producer and even as an actor,” Lundgren wrote. “There was a press leak final week which was unlucky. In contact with Mr. Balboa – simply so all of the followers can chill out…There ya go.”

Plot particulars a few “Drago” spinoff haven’t been revealed, so it was unclear when the venture was introduced if Lundgren, who debuted as Ivan Drago in “Rocky IV,” or Florian Munteanu, who portrayed Drago’s son Viktor in “Creed II,” would reprise their roles.

“I APOLOGIZE to the FANS, I by no means needed ROCKY characters to be exploited by these parasites,” Stallone wrote concerning the spinoff film. “By the way in which, I’ve nothing however respect for Dolph however I want HE had advised me what was occurring behind my again. Preserve your REAL buddies shut.”

It was not the primary time in July that Stallone had spoken out concerning the “Rocky” franchise. He beforehand condemned producer Irvin Winkler for not giving him any management of the sequence, writing, “After Irwin controlling ‘Rocky’ for over 47 years, and now ‘Creed’, I actually want to have not less than somewhat [of] what’s left of my rights again, earlier than passing it on to solely your youngsters..

As for the “Drago” film, Lawton was employed because the movie’s author after impressing MGM executives along with his spec script “Changing into Rocky,” concerning the making of the primary “Rocky” movie.

“I’m extremely humbled and grateful for this chance, and I’m approaching it as an unlimited fan of the ‘Rocky’ franchise, who occurs to be a screenwriter,” Lawton mentioned in an announcement to Selection.

Forward of the “Drago” spinoff, the Michael B. Jordan-directed “Creed III” will open in theaters March 3, 2023.

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