‘Creed’ Spinoff Movie ‘Drago’ Is Set for MGM With Robert Lawton Writing
Screenwriter Robert Lawton will be writing a “Creed” spinoff entitled “Drago” for MGM, according to TheWrap.
“Drago” will center on Russian fighter Ivan Drago, played by Dolph Lundgren, who first appeared as the antagonist in 1985’s “Rocky IV,” and his son Viktor Drago, played by Florian Munteanu, who made his debut in 2018’s “Creed 2.”
Lawton was given the job after his spec script, “Becoming Rocky”, about the making of the first “Rocky” film won a 2021 Nicholl Fellowship.
Lundgren, had also mentioned interview with THR last year that a “Drago” film was in the works, saying, “By the way, I think there’s some talk about doing a whole spinoff on Drago with MGM. So you may get more of that.”
“Rocky” writer, star, director and producer, Sylvester Stallone, is currently in conflict with “Creed” producers Irwin Winkler and his son David.
Stallone called David Winkler “painfully untalented” and his father Irwin the “remarkably untalented and parasitical Producer of ‘Rocky’ and ‘Creed’” in a now deleted social media post.
“If it wasn’t for Winkler there would’ve been at least another three ‘Rocky’’s, that would’ve been wonderful,” Stallone added. “Frankly that crew are the worst unhuman beings I’ve ever met in the movie industry. I will forever love the loyal fans and keep punching.!!! REMEMBER IT FEELS GOOD TO CLEAR YOUR HEART,” said Stallone.
In a follow up post, which is also now deleted, Stallone said, ““After IRWIN controlling ‘ROCKY’ for over 47 years, and now ‘CREED,’ I really would like have at least a little WHAT’s LEFT of my RIGHTS back, before passing it on to ONLY YOUR CHILDREN,” Stallone wrote. “I believe That would be a FAIR gesture from this 93 year old gentleman? This is a painful subject that eats at my soul , because I wanted to leave something of ‘Rocky’ for my children, but it’s always great hearing from the loyal fans…Keep Punching.”
The third installment in the “Creed” franchise opens Nov. 23. Michael B. Jordan, who stars in the title role as Adonis Creed, son of Apollo Creed, will also be making his directing debut with this film.