Spinoffs, remakes, prequels, and sequels: no franchise is safe, and today’s news from Deadline proves it. After earning huge acclaim with their indie flick Fruitvale Station, director Ryan Coogler and star Michael B. Jordan already have their next collaboration lined up – and it just might knock you out.
The duo will team up for Creed, a spin-off of the Rocky franchise in which Jordan will play the grandson of Carl Weathers’ Apollo Creed character who is trained by – you guessed it – Sylvester Stallone reprising his role once more as Rocky Balboa. Rocky will be long-retired at this point in the story and presumably won’t step into the ring as he did in Rocky Balboa. Creed’s grandson, raised in a family of wealth thanks to his grandfather’s boxing prize money, has a natural talent for the sport. He disobeys his family’s wishes and tracks down Rocky in the hopes of finding a boxing mentor, and Balboa gets in the kid’s corner.
As a big fan of the Rocky franchise, I actually think this could be a very cool project. Apollo Creed was always one of the best characters in the ongoing tale of the Italian Stallion, and watching his relationship with Rocky turn from adversary to best friend over the course of the first three films was fun to see. The idea for this movie was hatched by Coogler, who told his management this was his dream project when he first signed with a talent agency. After the success of Fruitvale Station, it appears as if he’ll be able to live his dream soon enough. He wants to make this his next directing gig, so expect things to come together quickly for this one.
Jordan, who was extremely memorable in his role in “The Wire” and has experienced more recognition from his recent work in “Friday Night Lights” and Chronicle, seems like he has the right combination of charisma and attitude to come from the fictional Creed bloodline. And of course having Stallone return to produce the movie and reprise what is perhaps his most iconic role should be fun to see. Sly certainly isn’t slowing down when it comes to filmmaking – he’s 67 and hard at work on The Expendables 3 – so it’d be cool to see him pop up in a few of these films in a Mickey-type role to bring the whole story full circle. Wonder if he still has enough eye of the tiger left in him to recreate that beach training montage from Rocky 3…
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