There is no denying that Ryan Coogler’s Creed, the latest film in the Rocky franchise, has packed a bigger punch than many would have anticipated. Already it has raked in over $100 million, has been hugely successful with critics and is still going strong. Creed has pumped new life into the franchise and MGM CEO Gary Barber recently confirmed to Variety “There’s no doubt that we’re making a Creed 2.” This sentiment has been echoed by Michael B. Jordan stating that he is willing to return to his character and there is little doubt that Sylvester Stallone, Rocky himself, will stick by the franchise to the end.
The only fly in the ointment is director Ryan Coogler. Coogler has signed on to direct Black Panther, an addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe that is due to be released in 2018, which would mean he would be unavailable to direct a possible Creed 2. Stallone, expressing his opinion to Variety, felt that this would be the case, stating: “There is a diminishing time acceptance of a sequel. Three years is a little too much.” When asked about what a sequel would cover, Stallone felt that the progression would be similar to Rocky himself: “You’ll have him [Creed] face a different opponent, which I would say is a more ferocious, big Russian.”
Variety‘s interview with Stallone also talked about the recent rumours of Rambo 5, another franchise Stallone is intrinsically linked with. When asked about the possibility of a new Rambo film, Stallone shot the idea down: “The heart’s willing, but the body says ‘stay home!’ It’s like fighters that go back for one last round and get clobbered. Leave it to someone else.”
He was also asked about his involvement with Fox‘s new series Rambo: New Blood, which covers the adventures of Rambo’s son: “I don’t want to cast aspersions, but it’s delicate to try to replace a character with his son. I’ve seen the son of Flicka, the son of Tarzan, the son of King Kong. It’s a very difficult premise.” Well, you pulled it off fairly well in Creed, Sylvester.
Creed is still showing in cinemas and features Michael B. Jordan as Adonis Creed (the son of legendary Rocky adversary Apollo Creed) and Sylvester Stallone as Rocky Balboa. Check out the trailer below to learn more.