With Creed passing the magic $100 million mark at the domestic box office and picking up multiple award nominations, MGM CEO Gary Barber has stated that there is now, “…no doubt that we are making a Creed 2. Sylvester Stallone, who of course reprised his most famous role of Rocky Balboa for the film, has gone one step further and dropped some ideas he and director Ryan Coogler may have had on the direction Creed 2 could go:
“Ryan has some ideas of going forward and backward and actually seeing Rocky and Apollo together. Think of The Godfather 2. That’s what he was thinking of, which was kind of ambitious.”
Coogler’s reaction to Sly’s statement was somewhat sanguine. “Oh no!”, he remarked, “There are no secrets with Sly!”. Michael B. Jordan, who portrayed Apollo Creed’s illegitimate son Adonis in the film, was more incredulous, teasing, “So it’s going to be a CGI-version of Sly?”.
Whilst it’s easy to see a quick flashback or two of the two veteran pugilists, either de-aged or created solely using CGI, having large swathes of the film rendered this way is probably not conceivable just yet. Last year we had a 1980’s Michael Douglas open Ant-Man and an Arnie from the same era in Terminator: Genysis and whilst both were leaps and bounds ahead of previous efforts, there was still something off in the performances and looks. Apollo Creed died, of course, in 1985 in Rocky IV, fighting the fearsome Russian Ivan Drago in a supposed exhibition match. There is a precedence in the series however. Burgess Meredith reprised his role as Balboa’s trainer Mickey Goldmill in Rocky V (1990) despite his character having died previously in Rocky III (1982). Of course this could all simply be Stallone having some fun, although he did remark that he’d seen Carl Weathers recently and that he looked in good shape.
Creed was the first film featuring Rocky not written by Stallone himself, and writer-director Coogler, currently in talks to direct Marvel’s Black Panther, may not be available fully a second time around. Said Stallone:
“I know Ryan is probably going to be gone for a couple of years. So there will be a quandary on. Do we work with another director and have Ryan produce, or do we wait? There’s a diminishing time acceptance of a sequel. Now they are cranking them out in a year.”
Sly is obviously keen to step back on the canvas as Balboa once more and with him recently ruling out any more Rambo’s, at least starring himself, it looks like the plucky fighter could be his real legacy.