Sunday, October 6, 2013

Stallone To Play ‘Rocky’ Yet again

Rumours thrive that Sylvester Stallone will probably be playing the personality of ‘Rocky Balboa’ once again, in a brand new movie set in the ‘Rocky’ universe.

The incredibly well-liked character Rocky Balboa formerly appeared in the Oscar-winning 1976 film ‘Rocky’ and has been the central hero in no less than 6 movies to date.

MGM films have basically offered the new project, currently identified only as ‘Creed’ to director Ryan Coogler.

The proposed movie is invariably a spin-off as opposed to a direct sequel.

Michael B. Jordan, star of this year’s ‘Fruitville Station’ as well as HBO television drama ‘The Wire’, will play the grandson of returning series character Apollo Creed. The proposed story line would call for the young Creed to enter the world of boxing, with Stallone’s Balboa playing the job of his counselor.

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

Apollo Creed, as portrayed by Carl Weathers, was firstly presented as Rocky’s rival. In his original position, Creed (who was supposedly based on a mixture of Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard and Joe Louis) was the World Heavyweight Boxing Champion also like the savvy businessman. When challenged with the deficiency of proper opponents, Creed decided to put his trophy on the line against a local, unknown fighter.

The initial film mostly centred around the chosen fighter Rocky Balboa as he trained for the largest fight of his life. In the later films, Apollo Creed became a mentor plus a close pal to Rocky.

Weathers played Creed in each ‘Rocky’ film until ‘Rocky IV’, where the character was killed in a match with Russian boxer Ivan Drago (portrayed by Dolph Lundgren).

Despite the character’s death, he is significantly mentioned in both follow-up films and remains extremely popular with fans of this series.

The final film in the initial Rocky series, ‘Rocky Balboa’ was released in 2006 to keen critical and profitable reception. In 2010, Sylvester Stallone was inducted into the Worldwide 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 also the sport of boxing in his profession.


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