Sylvester Stallone is enjoying a bit of a renaissance over the past several years. After years of starring in direct-to-dvd releases, the star of such fine fare as Rhinestone made his return to the big screen with Rocky Balboa back in 2006. Thought to be the famous boxing character’s swan song, Rocky Balboa brought a close to the story that Stallone began telling back in 1976. While Stallone may have been done with the story, Hollywood knows a good money maker when it sees it, and has decided to give fans at least one more round with the aging boxer but, this time, instead of seeing him taking punches in the ring, he will be sitting on the sidelines as a trainer in Creed, the first Rocky spinoff.
Creed, the new film from Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station), offers Michael B. Jordan as the son of Balboa’s rival/best friend, Apollo Creed, as he tries to live up to his father’s legacy. Take a look at the trailer.
Writer Peter David may have said it best:
Upcoming movie CREED teaches valuable lesson: live long enough and you become Burgess Meredith.
— Peter David (@PeterDavid_PAD) July 1, 2015
Joking aside, the movie seems to be a very solid outing from Michael B. Jordan, who audiences will see in the upcoming Fantastic Four soon enough. This isn’t Jordan’s first rodeo with Coogler, as the two worked together on the much-praised Fruitvale Station, and generally when an actor has a comfortable relationship with the director, good things happen. Generally (*cough* Tim Burton and Johnny Depp *cough*).
While Stallone is definitely on the sidelines in the trailer, fans of Rocky will no doubt cheer at his return. And that last line in the trailer? Oh, man, I don’t know about you, but I still have goosebumps. Then again, I’m a sucker for Balboa.
Whether or not the film will be worthy of the “Rocky” moniker is still to be seen but one thing is for sure: it has to be better than Rocky V.
Creed hits theaters on November 25, 2015.
Are you in for one more round with the Italian Stallion?