Director Ryan Coogler and actor Michael B. Jordan are in talks to make a Rocky spin-off film, Creed. Coogler recently took his feature film debut Fruitvale Station to the Sundance Film Festival at the beginning of this year, which was hugely successful and Jordan also starred in the film.
The spin-off is to focus on the grandson of Apollo Creed, played by Carl Weathers in the Rocky films, with Jordan as the proposed grandson. Sylvester Stallone, who loved the idea and felt the story was strong enough, will also return to the role of Rocky Balboa, but only in a supporting role as a retired fighter-turned-trainer.
According to Deadline, the story is as follows, “Raised in an upper-crust home thanks to the ring riches earned by his grandfather, the young man doesn’t have to box and his family doesn’t want him to. Yet, he has the natural instinct and gifts and potential that made his grandfather the heavyweight champion until Rocky Balboa took his crown in 1979?s Rocky II. Creed’s grandson needs a mentor and turns to Balboa, who is out of boxing completely and not eager to return.”
Coogler, who originally came up with the idea to produce a seventh installment to the Rocky franchise, will co-write with Aaron Covington. Producers include Irwin Winkler and Robert Chartoff, who produced the original, and Stallone and Kevin King.
For those who are unfamiliar with the Rocky franchise, Apollo Creed a.k.a. “The Master of Disaster” was the champion who Rocky Balboa met and fought with in Rocky.
More as it comes…