Carl Weathers played Apollo Creed in "Rocky." Now the franchise reportedly will tackle a film where Rocky trains Creed's grandson.
Yo, Adrian! Rocky Balboa remains unstoppable. A seventh "Rocky" movie is in the works, according to Deadline, and this time Rocky will be training one-time opponent Apollo Creed's grandson to duke it out in the ring.
No date has been announced for the new film, titled "Creed," but Deadline has a plot summary. Fans will recall Apollo Creed was Rocky's title opponent in the original "Rocky," which came out in 1976. In the upcoming film, Creed's grandson was raised rich thanks to grandpa's boxing winnings, and doesn't plan to become a fighter despite his natural talents. When he does decide to get in the ring, of course it's Rocky who steps in to train him in the family sport.
Deadline says that Michael B. Jordan, who plays Oscar Grant in the based-on-true-events "Fruitvale Station" and played Wallace on "The Wire," is in talks to play Creed's grandson. Naturally, Sylvester Stallone, 67, will return as Rocky -- who else could possibly take over that role?
There's another "Fruitvale Station" connection: Ryan Coogler, who directed that film, is set to direct, Deadline says.
Stallone last played Rocky in the 2006 reprise film "Rocky Balboa," in which he comes out of retirement for one final fight. He'll also play a boxer later this year in "Grudge Match," which also stars Robert De Niro -- himself famed for playing a fighter in 1980's "Raging Bull."
First published July 24 2013, 12:33 PM