'Fruitvale Station' Duo Making 'Rocky' Spin-Off 'Creed' with Sly Stallone
by Ethan Anderton
July 24, 2013
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?