MGM Wants More Rocky Films?! Oh No!
by Alex Billington
May 29, 2008
I've been neglecting this news all day today only because it really isn't anything big. One of the chairwomen of MGM just said a few things about prospective sequels and future franchises and the whole world erupts with speculation and debate. So the story goes that MGM's new chairperson Mary Parent, who just joined eight weeks ago, said at an event at Cannes via indieWIRE that Rocky is in the running for yet another sequel. Apparently all MGM has left is their 4000 film library to dig through and remake or restart. Not that this is necessarily bad, as we I know most of us enjoyed Rocky VI, but it becomes an issue when they try to stretch that franchise too far. And this is one of those times, where Rocky has fought his last fight.
In addition to mentioning a remake of RoboCop, that we've talked about before (and might even end up becoming 3D), as well as a remake of Fame, Parent went on to state that they're "toying" with the idea of even more Rocky films. Does this mean Milo Ventimiglia is going to fight? His dad is really beat up at this point. I don't think he's got even one more fight in him. She even questioned the audience, by a show of hands, who might be in for another sequel. Thankfully, indieWIRE said there were only a few enthusiastic audience members.
This really isn't anything even close to reality at the moment, so don't start a fight over the news. If anything, it's a painful glimpse at the reality of Hollywood and its studio executives. They're in it for the money and milking every last dollar out of a franchise. Apparently Parent feels that Rocky really ain't dead yet. I beg to differ. Just because we'd all love to see Rocky fight till we die, that's a pipe dream. Especially when we know Sylvester Stallone himself is quite old anyway and everything we'd get from this point forward wouldn't even come close to living up to the original films. Sure it may make a few dollars here and there, but it's a bad idea, on all accounts.
You can leave a message below if you'd like, but we all know this is a bad idea already.