Rumours abound that Sylvester Stallone will probably be playing the character of ‘Rocky Balboa’ once again, in a new movie set in the ‘Rocky’ world.
The incredibly popular character Rocky Balboa first appeared in the Oscar-winning 1976 film ‘Rocky’ and is the central protagonist in a minimum of 6 movies to date.
MGM films have basically offered the brand new project, currently identified only as ‘Creed’ to director Ryan Coogler.
The proposed film is invariably a spin-off as opposed to a straight sequel.
Michael B. Jordan, star of this year’s ‘Fruitville Station’ as well as HBO television drama ‘The Wire’, would play the grandson of returning series character Apollo Creed. The proposed story line would call for the young Creed to enter the world of boxing, with Stallone’s Balboa playing the position of his mentor.
Director Ryan Coogler, who worked with Jordan in the aforementioned ‘Fruitville Station’ movie, is claimed to be enthusiastic with the idea and is hoping to co-create the script.
Apollo Creed, as portrayed by Carl Weathers, was firstly presented as Rocky’s adversary. In the original role, Creed (who was purportedly similar to a mixture of Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard and Joe Louis) was the World Heavyweight Boxing Champion also as a confidence businessman. When faced with a deficiency of appropriate opponents, Creed decided to put his trophy on the line against a local, unknown fighter.
The first film largely centred round the chosen fighter Rocky Balboa as he trained for the biggest fight of his life. In the later movies, Apollo Creed became a adviser plus a close pal to Rocky.
Weathers played Creed in each ‘Rocky’ film until ‘Rocky IV’, where the character was killed in a fight with Russian boxer Ivan Drago (portrayed by Dolph Lundgren).
In spite of the character’s death, he is prominently mentioned in both follow-up movies and remains popular with fans of this series.
The ultimate film within the original Rocky series, ‘Rocky Balboa’ was released in 2006 to a strong critical and commercial reception. In 2010, Sylvester Stallone was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame and Museum for his creation and depiction of Rocky, as well like the many tributes he has paid to boxers and also the sport of boxing in his profession.