Lace up your boxing gloves because Rocky Balboa appears to be headed back to the big screen – just not in the way you might have expected.
Big news today reveals that MGM has tapped Fruitvale Station director Ryan Coogler to helm Creed – a spin-off film about Stallone’s fictional boxer’s most famous opponent's grandson. Coogler is eyeing Fruitvale Station star Michael B. Jordan to star.
The premise of the project is that Jordan will play Apollo Creed’s grandson – a youngster born into a life of privilege thanks to his late grandfather’s legendary ring exploits, but who burns to box himself. With his family opposed to him entering the ring (after all, boxing cost his grandfather his life), the young Creed turns to a familiar face to train him – Rocky Balboa.
Rock has been out of the ring and out of the sport for years, but apparently sees something in his rival and friend’s grandson that lures him back in. Rocky essentially becomes Mickey, which is a pretty neat evolutionary step for this series. Certainly more believable than watching Stallone trade punches with a man half his age for another go-round.
Coogler cited Creed as his “dream project” and it appears that dream is set to become a reality. Everyone involved, including Stallone, is excited about the film – and Michael B. Jordan should be a great fit for the role of Apollo Creed’s grandson. The young actor was an athlete and played one on television series Friday Night Lights.
What do you guys think about this story? I’m intrigued by the idea of a Rocky spin-off that stays true to the spirit of the early films while allowing Stallone to still be part of the action without stretching my willing suspension of disbelief to the breaking point. Coogler and Jordan have created some impressive work in Fruitvale Station – so the idea of them reuniting for this project sounds interesting to me. Are you guys ready for more boxing action set in the Rocky universe? Get ready to rumble in the comment section.