Couldn’t get enough of Rocky? Well MGM is getting ready to produce ‘CREED’ a reboot of the popular movie series centering on Rocky Balboa’s partner Apollo Creed.
According to Deadline, MGM is getting Ryan Coogler to direct Creed starring Michael B. Jordan as the grandson of Apollo Creed in the continuation of the Rocky saga.
Sylvester Stallone will reprise Rocky Balboa as a retired fighter-turned-trainer.
This will be the seventh film in the Rocky series. But, many think this sequel is going to be different. Here is how the production came from an idea to pre-production:
When he [Ryan Coogler, director of ‘Fruitvale Station’] signed with WME, Coogler identified Creed as a dream project. While Coogler already had the relationship with Jordan, the agency put him together with Stallone. Stallone, who is right now heavily involved in a stage musical transfer of his original Oscar-winning 1976 film Rocky, loved the idea and felt it was strong enough for him to bring back his signature screen character. Stallone and Coogler then approached MGMs Gary Barber and Jon Glickman, and they flipped for it. The film will be produced by Irwin Winkler and Robert Chartoff, who produced the original, along with Stallone and Kevin King [Deadline].
The movie is to center on the grandson of Apollo Creed. He’s raised in an upper-crust home thanks to his grandfather, the young man doesn’t have to box and his family doesn’t want him to. But, he has the natural skill, instinct and gifts that made his grandfather the heavyweight champion. Creed’s grandson turns to Balboa, who is out of boxing completely and not eager to return.
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