Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Stallone To Play ‘Rocky’ Again

Rumours proliferate that Sylvester Stallone will probably be playing the character of ‘Rocky Balboa’ again, in a brand new film set inside the ‘Rocky’ universe.

The incredibly admired character Rocky Balboa first appeared in the Oscar-winning 1976 film ‘Rocky’ and is the central protagonist 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 future film is really 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’, would play the grandson of habitual series character Apollo Creed. The planned story line would call for the young Creed to enter the world of boxing, with Stallone’s Balboa playing the function of his guide.

Director Ryan Coogler, who worked with Jordan in the aforementioned ‘Fruitville Station’ film, is said to be enthusiastic with the idea and is eager to co-create the screenplay.

Apollo Creed, as portrayed by Carl Weathers, was initially presented as Rocky’s adversary. In his original position, Creed (who was supposedly similar to a mixture of Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard and Joe Louis) was the World Heavyweight Boxing Champ also as a confidence entrepreneur. When faced with the deficiency of appropriate opponents, Creed decided to put his trophy on the line against a local, unknown fighter.

The original film mainly centred round 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 adviser plus a close pal 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).

In spite of the character’s downfall, he’s prominently mentioned in both follow-up movies and remains extremely popular with fans of this series.

The ultimate film within the initial Rocky series, ‘Rocky Balboa’ was released in 2006 to a keen critical and commercial reception. In 2010, Sylvester Stallone was inducted into the Worldwide Boxing Hall of Fame and Museum for his creation and portrayal of Rocky, also like the many tributes he has paid to boxers and the sport of boxing in his career.


Stallone To Play ‘Rocky’ Again

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