This is apparently who we’ve to blame for Sylvester Stallone’s “Rocky 7” pitch being pulped.
The legendary actor and filmmaker had mentioned in previous years that he’d crafted a story that would be fit for veteran boxer turned trainer Rocky Balboa to return ringside. It would’ve reportedly seen the Italian Stallion mentor a street fighter who lives in the United States illegally.
In a new post on Instagram, Sly tells a fan that producer Irwin Winkler (the “Rocky” series, “Creed”, “The Irishman”) led to the project being shelved.
Stallone, who will next be seen in a fourth “Expendables” film and is rumoured to be attached to a “Demolition Man” (1993) sequel, last spoke about his concept for “Rocky 7” in 2019.
“Rocky meets a young, angry person who got stuck in this country when he comes to see his sister,” Stallone said of the plot. “He takes him into his life, and unbelievable adventures begin, and they wind up south of the border. It’s very, very timely.”
Stallone recently completed a director’s cut of 1985’s “Rocky IV”. The Aptly named “Rocky vs Drago” hits theaters, via Fathom, November 11.