One of the most genuine surprises of this past year was sitting in and watching Creed. My god, what a fantastic film full of wonderful performances, high stakes and just the right amount of nostalgia to bring a tear to the eye. And the audiences came in droves and the critics chimed in; it was a bonafide hit.
With Creed grossing over $103 million dollars at the U.S. box office, it makes sense for a sequel to be gearing up. Not surprising, Sylvester Stallone is the one leading this charge, revealing in a new interview with Variety that he’s gearing up for another round as Rocky Balboa. Financiers MGM and studio Warner Bros. and New Line are all onboard. In the interview, MGM CEO Gary Barber had this to say:
“There’s no doubt that we’re making a ‘Creed 2.’”
Story details are pretty unclear at this juncture, as is the status of golden boy director Ryan Coogler. Coogler helmed Michael B Jordan to heaps of praise in Fruitvale Station; following it up with more heaping praise for Creed. He is in such high demand, the first time Marvel Studios approached him for Black Panther he turned it down. Well, the superhero studio backed by the mouse came back, no doubt, with a better offer and Coogler is now at the helm of the first black superhero on the big screen. This is a perfect marriage in my opinion…
But where does that leave us for Creed 2? I would only be, truly, interested if Coogler would return. Seems like I’m not the only one.
“I know Ryan is probably going to be gone for a couple years,” Stallone says. “So there will be a quandary on: Do we work with another director and have Ryan produce, or do we wait? There’s a diminishing time acceptance of a sequel. Now they are cranking them out in a year.”
That’s the only thing that gives me pause – in a world run by tentpoles and sequels/reboots/remakes, this one hit pay dirt so the powers that be want a greenlight – and now. If Coogler is unavailable I imagine MGM/WB won’t wait and will go after another established name. To me, it would be to the detriment of the project. Coogler found that perfect balance and I would love for him to continue the story of Apollo Creed’s son and the Italian Stallion.
Speaking of which – what IS the story about anyways? Here’s where things get interesting.
Coogler and Stallone have already developed ideas for the new “Creed.” One version of the story would take place in the past, which would mean — in a surprise that would energize the franchise’s fans — bringing back Carl Weathers to play Apollo Creed, who died in 1985’s “Rocky IV.” “Ryan has some ideas of going forward and backward and actually seeing Rocky and Apollo together,” Stallone revealed. “Think of ‘The Godfather 2.’ That’s what he was thinking of, which was kind of ambitious.” Stallone said he’d recently bumped into Weathers, who looked like he was still in good shape. “I can’t believe I got in the ring with him,” he says. “Even if it was play fighting.”
The Godfather 2 of sequels in the Rocky Universe? Okay. I’m in. Jury is still out if this is the legit direction Coogler and Stallone want to take the franchise; it might be all talk for all we know.
Stallone went on:
Another option would be a linear story with Apollo’s son Adonis (Michael B. Jordan) taking on another challenger. “You’ll have him face a different opponent, which I would say is a more ferocious, big Russian,” Stallone says. “You can start to meld my experiences and then you start to bring different cultures into it. And you can see what’s happening with the Russians today in America. The complication will come with the girl’s ambition, because she’s not Adrian. She has places to go, things to see, the clock is running on her hearing.”
I love this idea as well and it shows us one thing – Stallone seems to be spitballing here and no direction (or director) has been reached as of yet. Stallone, for all we know, is just spitballing to the people over at Variety. But I will say, I like the idea of all these stories. I can’t help but be more than a little excited for the idea of a Godfather 2 type tale with Coogler directing. If that is something Rocky fans can get in a sequel, I say wait for Coogler to finish his Marvel duties and then bring him back into the fold.
We will keep you updated on this story just as soon as more details become available. In the meantime keep your eyes here on GeekNation!
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