I haven’t seen Creed yet – it’s not officially out in the UK till this Friday – though our very own Ross Hughes was able to attend a preview and, as his review makes clear, was rather impressed. He’s not alone, with the Stateside release of the movie getting a very positive response from critics and becoming a major commercial success. I suppose it’s no surprise that a sequel is now in the works for the sequel/reboot [there’s a lot of those at the moment] which could lead to a whole new series. In a recent article in Variety with Sylvester Stallone and Ryan Coogler, the director of Creed, Sly revealed not only that Coogler may not be directing the sequel, possibly because he’ll be busy with Marvel’s Black Panther, but also spoke of some ideas that are being considered for the second movie.
“Ryan has some ideas of going forward and backward and actually seeing Rocky and Apollo together. Think of The Godfather 2. That’s what he was thinking of, which was kind of ambitious.”
What he seems to mean here is that the sequel could actually be more of a prequel and be partly set in the past, which is interesting, and that we’ll see Apollo Creed again. Considering how good the CGI was in Ant-Man that made Michael Douglas look much younger, they could pull this off. Then there’s also a more linear option which may have slight echoes of Rocky IV.
“You’ll have Adonis face a different opponent, which I would say is a more ferocious, big Russian. You can start to meld my experiences and then you start to bring different cultures into it. And you can see what’s happening with the Russians today in America. The complication will come with the girl’s ambition, because she’s not Adrian. She has places to go, things to see, the clock is running on her hearing.”
It came through today that MGM is eyeing a November 2017 release date for the sequel to Creed, which would allow the film to open exactly two years after the first chapter starring Michael B. Jordan hit cinemas. This new series really look like it’s Gonna Fly.
Meanwhile Sly has now, in complete contradiction to what we’ve been hearing of late, stated that he’s not playing Rambo in the upcoming TV series, saying:
“The heart’s willing, but the body says Stay At Home”.