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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.

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