After 2006’s Rocky Balboa, you might have thought we’d seen the last of the franchise that shot Sylvester Stallone to superstardom in 1976. However, now a spin-off is planned, with Stallone teaming up with Fruitvale Station direction Ryan Coogler for Creed, according to Deadline.
Michael B. Jordan is in early talks to play the grandson of Apollo Creed, famously portrayed by Carl Weathers in the first four Rocky movies, and still probably Rocky’s greatest opponent. Stallone is also set to play Balboa once more, taking on the role for the seventh time.
The movie will be about Creed’s grandson, who was raised in the lap of luxury but still possesses a natural instinct for boxing. However, his family do not want him to pursue a career in the ring. Despite that Rocky Balboa, who is now out of the game and has no desire to return to boxing, agrees to step in and mentor the young man.
Ryan Coogler has said that this is a dream project for him and when his agent put him in touch with Stallone, the actor thankfully agreed. Coogler is currently co-writing the screenplay with Aaron Covington, and if everything works out, the film will reunite him with his Fruitvale Station star, Michael B. Jordan. There’s no news on when it might shoot.