Sylvester Stallone and Michael B. Jordan teaming for ROCKY Spin-Off, CREED
Adriannnn!! I can hear the cry by Rocky Balboa (Stallone) to his then girlfriend Adrian, played by Talia Shire as if it was yesterday that I was sitting in front of my TV as a kid watching Rocky for the first time. The Rocky franchise has come a long way, with both good and bad outcomes, since the first film in 1976. It looks as though the franchise is going even further.
Deadline reports that MGM has teamed with Michael B. Jordan, Ryan Coogler and Sylvester Stallone for a Rocky spin-off called about Apollo Creed. The movie titled Creed, will feature Jordan as the grandson of Apollo Creed in a continuation of the Rocky saga that Coogler is going to write with Aaron Covington. Stallone will reprise Rocky Balboa as a retired fighter-turned-trainer.
The deal comes after solid box office for Coogler and Jordan’s Fruitvale Station. Coogler plans this to be his next film, and has been interested in working on Creed (his dream project) for awhile.
According to Deadline:
[box style=”quote”]The intention is for Jordan to play the grandson of Apollo Creed (played in the early movies by Carl Weathers). Raised in an upper-crust home thanks to the ring riches earned by his grandfather, the young man doesn’t have to box and his family doesn’t want him to. Yet, he has the natural instinct and gifts and potential that made his grandfather the heavyweight champion until Rocky Balboa took his crown in 1979′s Rocky II. Creed’s grandson needs a mentor and turns to Balboa, who is out of boxing completely and not eager to return.[/box]
For those of you not familiar with the relationship between Creed and Balboa:
[box style=”quote”]Balboa was Creed’s father’s greatest opponent and later his best friend until that fateful moment when Balboa heeded Creed’s wishes and didn’t stop the fight against the Soviet fighter Drago (played by Dolph Lungdren in 1985′s Rocky IV) before the giant delivered what proved to be a fatal beating.[/box]
I know that many of you may be thinking that a 7th Rocky film is unnecessary, and others may be thinking that a reboot for a classic franchise sucks (even though this is not your traditional reboot). I loved the way that Balboa and Creed started as adversaries and then became close friends. Michael B. Jordan was great when I first saw him in Parenthood, and has been great on the big screen with Chronicle. I need to check out Fruitvale Station because it’s been getting a lot of buzz since Sundance.
What do you think about this news?