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It took Ryan Coogler two years to convince Sylvester Stallone to make Creed

01.04.2016

With 2015 in the rear-view, I think it's safe to say that Ryan Coogler's CREED has emerged as one of the years best; it even popped up on a few of of the JoBlo team's 2015 top ten lists. The Rocky franchise went out on a high with 2006's ROCKY BALBOA and if it weren't for Ryan Coogler's persistence, that would have been the end of it; thankfully, CREED lived up to its predecessors. While chatting with Deadline, Sylvester Stallone said that he saw ROCKY BALBOA as such a wonderful send-off for the character that he resisted Ryan Coogler's attempts to craft sequel/spin-off for two years.

It took him about two years to convince me. I had been very, very grateful the way last chapter of Rocky Balboa wrapped up his story in a satisfactory way for the audience. When Rocky waves goodbye, that was a goodbye to the audience and a thank you. I just thought, “Finally,” and thought it was a wonderful send-off. Rocky stayed dormant for six or seven years, and then this fellow comes in, and says, “Oh, can we dig him up?” I go, “No, no, no, no.” Then he proceeded to tell me this story. My first reaction was it was disconcerting. It shows Rocky outside the ring, fighting the fight that he really can’t win. It’s a fight against the greatest opponent in the world; life. I said, “No, kid, I think we’re tampering with something here we should leave alone."<

Thankfully for Ryan Coogler, and us, the young writer/director didn't give up and, upon completing FRUITVALE STATION, returned to pester Stallone.

So he goes away and does Fruitvale Station. Wins all these awards, and he’s offered multiple job opportunities and he keeps coming back to Creed. I see this and say, this fellow here obviously is functioning on a different kind of energy. It is heartfelt, not monetary, not ego. It’s as though he has to finish a mission, which was a love letter to his father who had been very, very ill and that stimulated the idea. There was just something about this kid, who was very, very physical in his manner, but sensitive and emotional. It kind of reminded me…of me, truth be told. So I finally said, “You know what? Someone took a chance on me, once. I’m just going to throw caution to the wind and let him run with it.”

CREED is still playing in theaters, go check it out if you haven't already!

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10:09PM on 01/04/2016

OVERRATED

I'm a HUGE of the rocky series, and yeah that includes V and VI, and I have to say, I must be the in the very small minority of people that thinks this movie is way overrated. First of all, I never got the appeal of Michael B.Jordan. He did one movie and were supposed to buy that he's some star all of a sudden. Secondly, its sad to see Stallone like this. I don't know about you guys, but of Rocky cant get in the ring himself, their shouldn't be a movie. im sorry but it was just sad seeing
I'm a HUGE of the rocky series, and yeah that includes V and VI, and I have to say, I must be the in the very small minority of people that thinks this movie is way overrated. First of all, I never got the appeal of Michael B.Jordan. He did one movie and were supposed to buy that he's some star all of a sudden. Secondly, its sad to see Stallone like this. I don't know about you guys, but of Rocky cant get in the ring himself, their shouldn't be a movie. im sorry but it was just sad seeing Balboa in that state, and it kind of put a damper on the series. And thirdly, this movie is so formulaic its not even funny. Theirs nothing different about this movie, its by the numbers...anyways I don't get the love, you guys basically got a fan fiction film based on Rocky by a guy who wanted to insert his own past with his father on screen, it doesn't deserve to be apart of the Rocky series, but it could do well on its own possibly, no hate here just my honest opinion.
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10:28PM on 01/04/2016
Yes, you are in the insanely small minority.

I think both "Creed" and "Balboa" are nearly perfect, and I weirdly think you missed the point of the series. Rocky isn't just about fighting, he's about heart.
Yes, you are in the insanely small minority.

I think both "Creed" and "Balboa" are nearly perfect, and I weirdly think you missed the point of the series. Rocky isn't just about fighting, he's about heart.
5:10AM on 01/05/2016
Yeah, I don't know what the hell you mean. First, when you say Michael B. Jordan's only done one movie... What's that mean? Do you mean you've only seen him in one movie? Do you mean he's only been in one movie worth seeing? Because he's been in probably a dozen movies, and has been acting as far back as The Wire and The Sopranos, so I don't know what the hell you're talking about... Second, if you thought it was sad seeing Stallone like this, congratulations. That was the point. It was
Yeah, I don't know what the hell you mean. First, when you say Michael B. Jordan's only done one movie... What's that mean? Do you mean you've only seen him in one movie? Do you mean he's only been in one movie worth seeing? Because he's been in probably a dozen movies, and has been acting as far back as The Wire and The Sopranos, so I don't know what the hell you're talking about... Second, if you thought it was sad seeing Stallone like this, congratulations. That was the point. It was supposed to have been sad. Lastly, I don't understand how you can claim to be a fan of Rocky 5, and what I'm assuming was supposed to be 4 (you've got your roman numerals mixed up.), but you can call this film formulaic. After the first one, they've all been formulaic. Nobody goes in expecting these things to be insightful, but if they had, "Balboa" and "Creed" would have been the closest things to it.
8:23AM on 01/05/2016
Well if you think Rocky V is a true Rocky film, then you're sadly wrong. Also, I think you missed the point of Creed. I mean, if you dislike Creed simply because its Jordan boxing instead of Rocky, just say that. But when you peel away the different layers of an athlete, the more interesting he/she gets. When Rocky points to the mirror and says "this is the most difficult opponent you'll ever meet, I believe that in the ring and in life" (something along those lines). I think that best
Well if you think Rocky V is a true Rocky film, then you're sadly wrong. Also, I think you missed the point of Creed. I mean, if you dislike Creed simply because its Jordan boxing instead of Rocky, just say that. But when you peel away the different layers of an athlete, the more interesting he/she gets. When Rocky points to the mirror and says "this is the most difficult opponent you'll ever meet, I believe that in the ring and in life" (something along those lines). I think that best describes Rocky since he fought for his life in the ring and in life considering he's lost everyone. Now that he has to literally fighting for his life, it truly shows why Rocky is an amazing man.
12:36PM on 01/05/2016
Okay ya your right kinda, i think i rambled too much, after thinking about it, these are my problems with the movies.
1.) I don't like Michael B. Jordan
2)Sly wasnt front and center

I guess I just dont like the creed angle,
Okay ya your right kinda, i think i rambled too much, after thinking about it, these are my problems with the movies.
1.) I don't like Michael B. Jordan
2)Sly wasnt front and center

I guess I just dont like the creed angle,
8:47PM on 01/04/2016
Glad Sly decided to help make this film possible. Definitely one of the years best
Glad Sly decided to help make this film possible. Definitely one of the years best
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