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Jul 28, 2013

CREED: Sylvester Stallone Producing Apollo Creed, ROCKY Spin-off Film

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Rocky spin-off film moving forward with Sylvester Stallone. Sylvester Stallone plans a Rocky spin-off focusing on the grandson of Apollo Creed. Raised in the lap of luxury, Creed’s grandson still possesses a natural instinct for boxing despite the disapproval of his friends and family. Creed’s grandson disapproves of boxing but will inevitable be unable to escape his natural draw to the ring. Rocky Balboa, now a fight trainer in the film, will step in to mentor the young man.

Michael B. Jordan, recently seen in Fruitvale Station (expanded nationwide on the 26th) is already in early talks to play the titular role. Stallone will reprise his role as Rocky Balboa for the seventh time. Ryan Coogler (Directorial DebutFruitvale Station) will direct from a screenplay he is co-writing with Aaron Covington, that will also hark back to the mythology of the first three Rocky films. Sylvester Stallone is also going to produce the film with Robert Chartoff, Irwin Winkler, and Kevin King. There is no clear start date for production.

The character Apollo Creed was introduced and seen in the first four films in the Rocky franchise. Creed was the heavyweight champion of the world, played by Carl Weathers. Creed was the main antagonist, the Goliath to Rocky’s David. Rocky II saw Creed more as an anti-hero, focusing on his own fame-fall after failing to successful beat Rocky in the first film. As the films continue, Creed and Balboa continue a friendship-rivalry up until Creed’s death in the ring.

The spinoff will be backed by MGM studios.

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Source: Movieweb