Rumours thrive that Sylvester Stallone is going to be playing the personality of ‘Rocky Balboa’ once again, in a brand new film set inside the ‘Rocky’ universe.
The extremely popular character Rocky Balboa first appeared in the Oscar-winning 1976 movie ‘Rocky’ and has been the central character in a minimum of six films to date.
MGM films have officially offered the brand new project, currently known only as ‘Creed’ to director Ryan Coogler.
The proposed film is really a spin-off as opposed to a straight sequel.
Michael B. Jordan, star of this year’s ‘Fruitville Station’ as well as HBO TV drama ‘The Wire’, will play the grandson of recurring series character Apollo Creed. The planned story would call for young Creed to enter the world of boxing, with Stallone’s Balboa playing the function of his guide.
Director Ryan Coogler, who worked with Jordan in the aforementioned ‘Fruitville Station’ film, is claimed to be enthusiastic about the concept and is hoping to co-write the script.
Apollo Creed, as portrayed by Carl Weathers, was originally presented as Rocky’s rival. In the initial position, Creed (who was supposedly based on a combination of Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard and Joe Louis) was the World Heavyweight Boxing Champion as well like the confidence businessman. When challenged with the lack of proper opponents, Creed decided to put his championship on the line against a local, unknown fighter.
The initial film mostly centred around the chosen fighter Rocky Balboa as he trained for the largest fight of his life. In the later films, Apollo Creed became a tutor and 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 downfall, he’s significantly mentioned in both follow-up movies and remains extremely popular with fans of this series.
The ultimate movie in the original Rocky series, ‘Rocky Balboa’ was released in 2006 to a keen critical and commercial reception. In 2010, Sylvester Stallone was inducted into the Worldwide Boxing Hall of Fame and Museum for his creation and portrayal of Rocky, also as the many tributes he has paid to boxers and the sport of boxing in his career.