'Fruitvale Station' Duo Making 'Rocky' Spin-Off 'Creed' with Sly Stallone

July 24, 2013

Ryan Coogler and Michael B. Jordan

Right now, director Ryan Coogler and star Michael B. Jordan are enjoying plenty of critical success from their Sundance selected, Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award winner, Fruitvale Station. The film is slowly making its way to more theaters across the country, and the film has landed Coogler and Jordan an interesting project set up at MGM. The duo are currently in early talks for a film called Creed, a spin-off from the Rocky series which would follow the grandson of Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) as he follows his natural instinct and talent to get into the boxing ring with champ Rocky Balboa as his mentor. Wait, what?

That's right, Sylvester Stallone will reprise his role as Rocky to mentor the grandson of Apollo Creed, who ended up being on the wrong end of a fatal blow after Rocky followed the boxer's wishes to keep from stopping a fight with Soviet fighter Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren). The young Creed doesn't need to box, and his family, living comfortably on Apollo Creed's boxing empire, doesn't want him to, but there's no stopping his passion. Coogler intends to tie the film into the mythology of the first three Rocky films and move the story forward from there. No specifics are given on how that'll work, but this sounds promising.

Jordan showed tremendous dramatic chops in Fruitvale Station (read my review here) and this film was one that Coogler described as a dream project when he landed agency representation. The director has great potential to become the next Spike Lee, albeit with a little less aggression and more subtlety. The idea must be pretty great if Stallone even considered coming back as Rocky Balboa for a seventh round. It'll be interesting to see if fans f the franchise turn out for this project. Personally, this sounds like a great combination of established intellectual property and an original idea. Cool?

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  • truong18
    this will be interesting so see
    Cool premise.
  • Moutchy
    Well that could be interesting.
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  • Neva Fornaro
    Love the idea!
  • whoa
    Please don't compare him to Spike Lee. Lee is an all-time great and Coogler is his own type of filmmaker. Lazy and stupid comparison.
    • Cody W
      Well Lee being an all time great is highly debatable, he hasnt had a halfway decent movie since inside man IMO and even that was somewhat mediocre.
      • ikkf
        Spike Lee is inconsistent at best. Most of his movies just seem really unfocused.
      • whoa
        When I view filmmakers on their legacy, I like to look at their entire filmography. So when one makes - 'She's Got to Have It', 'Do the Right Thing', 'Mo' Better Blues', 'Malcolm X', '4 Little Girls', 'He Got Game', '25th Hour', 'Inside Man', 'When the Levees Broke' - yes I think they can be considered a legend. And this argument is about Coogler being unfairly compared to Spike. For all we know Coogler could be 10x the filmmaker Spike is, and just because they're both black doesn't mean they're alike.
  • Russell Shouse
    I always thought that a spin-off involving apollo creed would be great.
  • Spike Lee without the personality wouldn't be Spike Lee. Anyone else is just their own filmmaker. This sounds somewhat interesting. It has potential to be well done.
  • grimjob
    I really like this idea. Love the Rocky franchise, and this is an interesting direction to take it in.




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