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Stallone reveals a couple of possible directions for Creed sequel

01.05.2016

More CREED is on the way.

We already knew that development had begun on some ideas that would allow Michael B. Jordan to carry the ROCKY franchise forward in a new direction after having the torch passed to him in November. MGM and Warner Bros. were extremely high on what director Ryan Coogler had put together, and, with the general public really embracing CREED upon release, the opportunity to pull the trigger on sequels has presented itself.

So what story might these sequels tell?

Leave it to Sylvester Stallone to begin pulling back the curtain on some of the concepts he and Coogler have discussed, one of which would involve bringing back Carl Weathers as Apollo Creed and examining more of Rocky's past with the late boxing legend.

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.

Or...?

You’ll have him face a different opponent, which I would say is a more ferocious, big Russian. 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.

Ummm... Are either of these options really doing it for anyone? Another Drago-type storyline that shows more of what Russia is like today? Neither of these seem to really focus on what made CREED feel so fresh - the natural progression of Jordan's Adonis as a character with Rocky serving mostly in a mentor capacity. Going back to the well with Rocky too much is going to get this series stuck again, as new blood is really what is needed to keep it moving ahead.

Coogler didn't seem all too pleased with Stallone revealing these ideas - “Oh no!” he says with a sigh. “There are no secrets with Sly.” And let's face it... Coogler is a key component of how this is all going to turn out. He was a major driving force in CREED happening as it did to begin with, but now he's in high demand. He's going to be off shooting BLACK PANTHER soon enough, so is he going to be directing CREED 2? Or is he going to be involved, but not at such a high degree as before, perhaps just serving in a producing capacity? Does the CREED sequel wait for him to have an open spot in his calendar to make it work, or is the rush for a follow-up needed to capitalize on the success of the first film? A lot of questions to consider, but one of the bigger ones is bound to be "Don't they have any better ideas?"

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Source: Variety

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8:25AM on 01/06/2016
The reason Sly was nominated for a Golden Globe is because he was amazing in Creed. You need Stallone's Rocky in the next Creed film to have that mentor in Adonis ear. I'm not quite sure which direction they should go, but going to Russian seems way too obvious.
The reason Sly was nominated for a Golden Globe is because he was amazing in Creed. You need Stallone's Rocky in the next Creed film to have that mentor in Adonis ear. I'm not quite sure which direction they should go, but going to Russian seems way too obvious.
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2:24AM on 01/06/2016
Or maybe get Milo Ventimiglia back as Rocky's son (or recast him, whatever. He's been recast 4 times already anyway) and have him and Adonis kind of fight for Rocky's approval. In a way, they're both alike with their good education and lived under their father's shadow, but Adonis is his exact opposite as well because he walked away from a good career to be a boxer, while Robert Jr. walked away from his father's world and become an accountant.
Or maybe get Milo Ventimiglia back as Rocky's son (or recast him, whatever. He's been recast 4 times already anyway) and have him and Adonis kind of fight for Rocky's approval. In a way, they're both alike with their good education and lived under their father's shadow, but Adonis is his exact opposite as well because he walked away from a good career to be a boxer, while Robert Jr. walked away from his father's world and become an accountant.
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10:21PM on 01/05/2016
Rocky VI and Creed were both amazing, that much is true. But as I said when both were announced...I can't handle seeing Rocky die. Eventually they're going to go there and I won't be able to handle it. It'll be a grown-ass man crying in the theater, like, the beginning of Up or the end of Toy Story 3-level tears.
Rocky VI and Creed were both amazing, that much is true. But as I said when both were announced...I can't handle seeing Rocky die. Eventually they're going to go there and I won't be able to handle it. It'll be a grown-ass man crying in the theater, like, the beginning of Up or the end of Toy Story 3-level tears.
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9:59PM on 01/05/2016
I liked Creed, but honestly the best parts were with him and Rocky. If Stallone/Rocky isn't back, I'm honestly not too interested in seeing a series on Adonis, even though Jordan did well in the role.
I liked Creed, but honestly the best parts were with him and Rocky. If Stallone/Rocky isn't back, I'm honestly not too interested in seeing a series on Adonis, even though Jordan did well in the role.
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5:21PM on 01/05/2016

They need to keep Sly away from the writing credits....

He was amazing in the role, but they need something that IS NOT reminiscent of any previous Rocky films. Maybe let Adonis win the title early, then realize how tough it is to hold onto it. Just please don't do Rocky dying or a "hungry street thug" he has to overcome (and please, please, please no Russians). They made his rise a little too quick so he's already the #1 contender for the title so it's going to take something clever to build to a suspenseful final act.

But I have faith in
He was amazing in the role, but they need something that IS NOT reminiscent of any previous Rocky films. Maybe let Adonis win the title early, then realize how tough it is to hold onto it. Just please don't do Rocky dying or a "hungry street thug" he has to overcome (and please, please, please no Russians). They made his rise a little too quick so he's already the #1 contender for the title so it's going to take something clever to build to a suspenseful final act.

But I have faith in Jordan. He was magnificent in the role and I can't wait to see him in it again.
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4:08PM on 01/05/2016
How is Rocky and Apollo going to work on screen together if you plan on bringing Sly and Carl back and yet set it in the past? No amount of prosthetics or cgi can change their age.
How is Rocky and Apollo going to work on screen together if you plan on bringing Sly and Carl back and yet set it in the past? No amount of prosthetics or cgi can change their age.
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5:17PM on 01/05/2016
CGI can. Did you see what they did with Michael Douglas in Ant-Man?
CGI can. Did you see what they did with Michael Douglas in Ant-Man?
5:26AM on 01/07/2016
I did. Do you know how much those few minutes cost?
I did. Do you know how much those few minutes cost?
9:36AM on 01/07/2016
@Kill Billionair No, I don't know how much those minutes cost. I was referring to the fact that they CAN use CGI to age regress actors. I wasn't trying to get into the financial feasibility of it or anything that in-depth. CHEERS!
@Kill Billionair No, I don't know how much those minutes cost. I was referring to the fact that they CAN use CGI to age regress actors. I wasn't trying to get into the financial feasibility of it or anything that in-depth. CHEERS!
10:51AM on 01/07/2016
What's your point then if it is indeed financially unfeasible to do a whole film with CG? KANPAI!
What's your point then if it is indeed financially unfeasible to do a whole film with CG? KANPAI!
12:14PM on 01/07/2016
@Kill Billionair My point was just to rebutt what IHRTNJ had stated. He never indicated that it would be a whole movie in his comment. Perhaps just a flashback or two. Who knows? But the technology is there. It may be cost-prohibitive at this point but who knows later.
Since you brought it up (and I'm curious now) what DID those few minutes cost? (not being a smart alec. Just really curious what it was) Thanks and have a good day!
@Kill Billionair My point was just to rebutt what IHRTNJ had stated. He never indicated that it would be a whole movie in his comment. Perhaps just a flashback or two. Who knows? But the technology is there. It may be cost-prohibitive at this point but who knows later.
Since you brought it up (and I'm curious now) what DID those few minutes cost? (not being a smart alec. Just really curious what it was) Thanks and have a good day!
7:08PM on 01/07/2016
Let me clear the air guys... I might not have seen Ant- Man but I saw Tron Legacy and guess what? It looked like shit. No amount of advanced, EXPENSIVE cgi is going to convince me that Carl Weathers and Sly are back in their buddy days of the 80s.
Let me clear the air guys... I might not have seen Ant- Man but I saw Tron Legacy and guess what? It looked like shit. No amount of advanced, EXPENSIVE cgi is going to convince me that Carl Weathers and Sly are back in their buddy days of the 80s.
12:58PM on 01/08/2016
@djlender No idea, but it's safe to assume that it cost more than 5 times what it'd cost to shoot without CG. Perhaps in another 5 to 10 years it'll be cheap enough to do.

@IHRTNJ Young Bridges looks fucking awful in Tron 2, but that was years ago (decades, considering how rapidly CG evolves. Young Douglas looks pretty damn convincing in Ant-Man. Even better, I'd say, is Young Schwarzenegger in the abysmal Teminator: Genisys.
@djlender No idea, but it's safe to assume that it cost more than 5 times what it'd cost to shoot without CG. Perhaps in another 5 to 10 years it'll be cheap enough to do.

@IHRTNJ Young Bridges looks fucking awful in Tron 2, but that was years ago (decades, considering how rapidly CG evolves. Young Douglas looks pretty damn convincing in Ant-Man. Even better, I'd say, is Young Schwarzenegger in the abysmal Teminator: Genisys.
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