Thursday, July 25, 2013

Rocky Returns?

Now this is interesting. Seven years ago we watched Rocky Balboa hold his own in the ring and walk into the sunset, never to be seen again, we assumed. Well, never might be shorter than we thought. Per Deadline, the team of writer/director Ryan Coogler and star Michael B. Jordan, whose ripped-from-the-headlines tearjerker Fruitvale Station is currently gobbling up accolades from critics, may be reuniting for MGM's Creed, a unique Rocky spin-off that would see the Italian Stallion become mentor to the grandson of his deceased friend Apollo Creed (who was played by Carl Weathers, and who bit it at the hands of Dolph Lundgren's Ivan Drago in 1986's Rocky IV). 

This film would see Jordan following in Weathers' footsteps, playing a child of privilege tasked with living up to his legendary name. I gotta be honest, there's no reason this should sound like anything but a mercenary cash grab, but after reading the potential plotline, I'm...intrigued. While the logical part of me feels Rocky Balboa in '06 was a perfect end for the character, and to quit while you're ahead, this is a way to carry the legacy forward without a dreaded reboot. While the idea for this originated with Coogler rather than series creator Stallone, the fact that Sly is onboard to reprise the beloved boxer is a positive sign, and Jordan is a charismatic rising star who I can easily see as the scion of Apollo. Assuming Creed moves forward, I'm sure I'll have plenty more to say as things develop.

(Source: Deadline)

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