Rumours thrive that Sylvester Stallone will probably be playing the personality of ‘Rocky Balboa’ again, in a new film set inside the ‘Rocky’ world.
The incredibly popular character Rocky Balboa formerly appeared in the Oscar-winning 1976 movie ‘Rocky’ and has been the central hero in no less than six movies to date.
MGM films have officially offered the brand new project, at present recognized only as ‘Creed’ to director Ryan Coogler.
The proposed movie is invariably a spin-off as opposed to a straight sequel.
Michael B. Jordan, star of this year’s ‘Fruitville Station’ and also HBO television drama ‘The Wire’, will play the grandson of habitual series character Apollo Creed. The planned plot would call for young Creed to enter the world of boxing, with Stallone’s Balboa playing the role of his counselor.
Director Ryan Coogler, who worked with Jordan on the aforementioned ‘Fruitville Station’ film, is said to be enthusiastic about the idea and is eager to co-write the screenplay.
Apollo Creed, as portrayed by Carl Weathers, was originally presented as Rocky’s antagonist. In his initial position, Creed (who was apparently similar to a combination of Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard and Joe Louis) was the World Heavyweight Boxing Champ as well as a confidence entrepreneur. When challenged with the lack of appropriate opponents, Creed decided to put his title on the line against a local, unknown fighter.
The first film largely centred round the elected fighter Rocky Balboa as he trained for the biggest fight of his life. In the later movies, Apollo Creed grew to becomte a mentor plus a close friend to Rocky.
Weathers played Creed in every ‘Rocky’ film until ‘Rocky IV’, where the character was killed in a fight with Russian boxer Ivan Drago (portrayed by Dolph Lundgren).
Despite the character’s downfall, he’s significantly mentioned in both follow-up films and remains popular with fans of the series.
The final film within the original Rocky series, ‘Rocky Balboa’ was released in 2006 to strong critical and commercial reception. In 2010, Sylvester Stallone was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame and Museum for his formation and depiction of Rocky, as well like the many tributes he has paid to boxers and the sport of boxing in his profession.
Stallone To Play ‘Rocky’ Yet again