In a new interview with Variety, Sylvester Stallone revealed that he’s getting ready to step back in the ring to play Rocky Balboa again after a successful comeback in Creed, which won him the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor and an Oscar nomination.
MGM, which financed the Warner Bros. drama with New Line Cinema, is on board for the sequel. “There’s no doubt that we’re making a ‘Creed’ sequel,” says MGM CEO Gary Barber.
It’s undetermined if ‘Creed’ director Ryan Coogler, who was recently announced as the director of Marvel’s Black Panther, will return to helm Creed 2. “I know Ryan is probably going to be gone for a couple years,” Stallone says. “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.”
Ideas for the sequel are already in development. One story idea would take place in the past, which would could bring back Carl Weathers to play Apollo Creed, who died in 1985’s ‘Rocky IV’. “Ryan has some ideas of going forward and backward and actually seeing Rocky and Apollo together,” Stallone revealed. “Think of ‘The Godfather 2’. That’s what he was thinking of, which was kind of ambitious.” Stallone said he’d recently bumped into Weathers, who looked like he was still in good shape. “I can’t believe I got in the ring with him,” he says. “Even if it was play fighting.”
Coogler was surprised to discover that Stallone has already revealed some of thier story ideas. “Oh no!” he says with a sigh. “There are no secrets with Sly.” Jordan sounds more skeptical. “So it’s going to be a CGI-version of Sly?” he teases, adding that he’d like to be in the next film. “I’m trying to think about it. Knowing Ryan, he’ll find a clever way to make that work.”
Another idea would be a linear storyline with Apollo’s son Adonis (Michael B. Jordan) facing another challenger. “You’ll have him face a different opponent, which I would say is a more ferocious, big Russian,” Stallone says. “You can start to meld my experiences and then you start to bring different cultures into it. And you can see what’s happening with the Russians today in America. The complication will come with the girl’s ambition, because she’s not Adrian. She has places to go, things to see, the clock is running on her hearing.”