Rumours thrive that Sylvester Stallone will probably be playing the character of ‘Rocky Balboa’ again, in a new movie set in the ‘Rocky’ universe.
The extremely well-liked character Rocky Balboa initially appeared in the Oscar-winning 1976 film ‘Rocky’ and has been the central hero in no less than six movies to date.
MGM films have basically offered the brand new project, currently identified only as ‘Creed’ to director Ryan Coogler.
The planned movie is actually a spin-off as opposed to a straight sequel.
Michael B. Jordan, star of this year’s ‘Fruitville Station’ as well as HBO television drama ‘The Wire’, will play the grandson of habitual series character Apollo Creed. The planned story would call for the young Creed to enter the world of boxing, with Stallone’s Balboa playing the position of his mentor.
Director Ryan Coogler, who worked with Jordan in the aforementioned ‘Fruitville Station’ movie, is said to be enthusiastic about the idea and is eager to co-write the script.
Apollo Creed, as portrayed by Carl Weathers, was originally presented as Rocky’s rival. In his initial role, Creed (who was supposedly similar to a combination of Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard and Joe Louis) was the World Heavyweight Boxing Champ as well like the confidence businessman. When faced with a deficiency of suitable opponents, Creed decided to put his title on the line against a local, unknown fighter.
The first film largely centred around the elected fighter Rocky Balboa as he trained for the biggest fight of his life. In the later films, Apollo Creed started to be a tutor plus a close friend to Rocky.
Weathers played Creed in every ‘Rocky’ film until ‘Rocky IV’, where the character was killed during a match with Russian boxer Ivan Drago (portrayed by Dolph Lundgren).
Despite the character’s death, he is prominently mentioned in both follow-up films and remains popular with fans of this series.
The final film within the initial Rocky series, ‘Rocky Balboa’ was released in 2006 to a strong critical and profitable reception. In 2010, Sylvester Stallone was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame and Museum for his creation and portrayal of Rocky, as well like the many tributes he has paid to boxers and the sport of boxing in his career.