Sylvester Stallone Returning As Rocky In CREED With FRUITVALE STATION Star And Director

Peter Martin, Managing Editor

Sylvester Stallone will once again play Rocky Balboa, this time as a trainer in a movie to be called Creed.

According to Deadline, MGM has set Ryan Coogler to direct, and is in early talks with Michael B. Jordan to star as Apollo Creed's grandson. Coogler made his directorial debut with the powerful drama Fruitvale Station, in which Jordan gave a magnificent performance as Oscar Grant,

Stallone, now 67, is about the same age that Burgess Meredith was when he played Rocky's trainer Mickey in the first film, back in 1976, so this is a natural progression for the character and the series. The current regime at MGM is evidently on a mad dash to remake all the properties they own -- Robocop, Poltergeist, Red Dawn, Ben-Hur, The Incredible Shrinking Man, and so forth -- so it's not surprising that they'd want to continue the ever-popular Rocky series.

Fruitvale Station is such a strong, independent film that my natural inclination is to sigh and despair that another indie director is about to get sucked into the Hollywood studio death machine. The report from Deadline claims that Coogler originated the idea for a new installment of the series, and then got Stallone on board. To be fair, the premise of Rocky Balboa training the grandson of his old opponent-turned-friend Apollo Creed, played by Carl Weathers, holds a certain mount of potential.

Also on the positive side, Jordan showed in Fruitvale Station that he can absolutely deliver a stirring star turn, and it's great to see a new, young African-American director helming a Hollywood studio movie. Will the machine crunch up those dreams? Will Stallone's role remain in a supporting performance? As always, time will tell.

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  • mercy

    Sly photo maybe older? I doubt he has the hip-joints and disks in good enough shape to produce this muscle~fat ratio. He had muscle-enhancing drug issues, got caught with an illegal batch. Maybe he took painkillers + got somehow those illegal muscle-enhancers so he could spare his heart.

    I think Stallones performances, last Rocky for example were so good, that he should be EXCUSED for those illegal stuff. Anyone please try to build up these muscles at 67!

  • Marcel Samson

    Nobody should probably even try to look like that at 67, to be honest. Just accept the fact that you're not 25 anymore man....

  • Mehaillien Thundercross

    If the legacy of Rocky was to continue, I think this is really the only way to make it work. Good idea, let's hope it doesn't stink.

  • hayastanci

    hello world

  • Jeremy Couturier

    I like this, I like this quite a bit. Especially since Coogler is pushing this.

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