If you’ve followed Sylvester Stallone since his “Rocky” days – he played a small-time boxer who advanced to heavyweight champion – then you were thrilled to see his return in the boxing film series. Director Ryan Coogler made an amazing come back with “Creed,” despite Stallone producing the earlier films. But now, Stallone and MGM CEO Gary Barber confirmed that a “Creed” sequel is on its way in an exclusive interview with Variety. However, the release date isn’t available.
Barber and Stallone are aware that making a sequel may include a few complications, but they are prepared to match Creed’s success. Coogler has some ideas in the making and reportedly, Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) who died in the 1985’s Rocky IV, might be back in the sequel. Stallone claimed that Weathers is in great shape these days since “Rocky IV.”
Another idea would be a linear story with Adonis that mirrors the plot of “Rocky IV.”
“You’ll have him face a different opponent, which I would say is a more ferocious, big Russian,” Stallone said to Variety.
Stallone is unsure if Coogler will be back to direct the sequel as they say he’ll most likely be working on “Black Panther” for Marvel and Disney for the next two years.
“I know Ryan is probably going to be gone for a couple years,” said Stallone. “So there will be a quandary on: Do we work with another director and have Ryan produce, or do we wait? There’s a diminishing time acceptance of a sequel. Now they are cranking them out in a year.”
The “Rocky Franchise” includes seven films: Rocky (1976), Rocky II (1979), Rocky III (1982), Rocky IV (1985), Rocky V (1990), Rocky Balboa (2006) and Creed (2015)
The latest installment, a Chartoff-Winkler and New Line Cinema production, grossed $103 million at the U.S box office and won several other awards, including a Las Vegas Film Critics Society award for Stallone.
After 39 years, Stallone, 69, is back on the Oscar stage, and this time he came to win. He became emotional as he won his first Golden Globe for the ”Best Supporting Actor” category. Originally, he earned Oscar nominations for Lead Actor in “Rocky,” but didn’t win.
“You think about these things happening and they usually don’t, and now it is happening, so I’m really enjoying it,” he said.
As for his future, Stallone is undecided about continuing as an action star and hopes that “Creed” leads to the beginning of more dramatic roles.
“I had never, ever thought of myself as an action person,” he says. “I’m just not that athletic.”
Fans are wondering what to expect for the up-coming sequel and of course, for the future of Stallone’s career.
Written By: Taylor Bennett