Fans of the “Rocky” franchise got a surprise last week when it was announced that another spin-off from the Sylvester Stallone-starring series (in addition to the “Creed” films) was in the works at MGM.
“Drago” would, as the title implies, see Dolph Lundgren’s Ivan Drago return.
Sly was quick to publicly denounce the project, declaring it another example of producer Irwin Winkler’s greed – having not included him in any such plan to tackle a movie about Drago and son. The Oscar winner was also quick to point the finger at friend and constant collaborator Lundgren, suggesting the actor was not being very loyal committing to such a project behind his back.
Lundgren jumped on his socials, responding that, “Just to set the record straight regarding a possible Drago spinoff. There’s no approved script, no deals in place, no director and I was personally under the impression that my friend Sly Stallone was involved as a producer or even as an actor. There was a press leak last week which was unfortunate. In touch with Mr Balboa – just so all the fans can relax… There ya go.”
Sly has since removed the posts that mention Lundgren. Reason? “they’ve spoken and both are on the same page”, we’re told. Whether that means Lundgren is refusing to do the movie unless Stallone is involved, or Sly has accepted his “Rocky IV” co-star’s reasoning for doing the film, is yet to be seen. But it is good to know that Sly and Dolph haven’t had a fallen out.
Be interesting to see what becomes of “Drago” though…