Just when you thought a franchise couldn’t get milked anymore than it already has been, Sylvester Stallone is going back to the well yet again to star and produce Rocky 7. However while the previous film Rocky Balboa was a followup to the entire franchise before it, the new film will be entitled Creed and is set to focus on the grandson of deceased boxer Apollo Creed.
MGM is setting Ryan Coogler to direct Creed, and the studio is in early talks with Coogler’sFruitvale Station star Michael B. Jordan to play the grandson of Apollo Creed in a continuation of theRocky saga that Coogler is going to write with Aaron Covington.
Stallone will be returning to the film to star as the trainer to Creed’s grandson in a symbolic passing of the torch in the franchise. While the film will feature the character of Rocky Balboa, it’s clear that this is an attempt to relaunch the franchise for modern audiences and keep the series of films going long after Stallone steps away from the character of Rocky.
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However, that clearly isn’t going to be happening anytime soon. While he’s taking on a Mickey role in Creed, Stallone isn’t going anywhere and likely will appear in these films as long as people produce them.
But before you start bashing your head against the wall wondering why this film is being made, director Ryan Coogler is apparently going to weave the mythos of Rocky and the pre-established films into this new one in a sort of meta-update of the franchise. To add to that, Deadline reports that Coogler is a fan of the films and is viewing this as a passion piece much in the same way J.J. Abrams is handling the next installment of Star Wars.
Either way, Rocky is coming back the theaters and the franchise that refuses to quit is still powering onwards.