'Rocky' spin-off opens in UK cinemas later this month
Sylvester Stallone has discussed potential ideas for a sequel to his new film Creed.
The film is a Rocky spin-off and focuses on the character of Adonis Creed, the son of Rocky’s foe Apollo Creed. Adonis Creed is played by Michael B. Jordan in the film, which sees him seek out Stallone’s character Rocky Balboa as he trains to become a professional boxer.
The film is released later this month (January) in the UK but was a box-office hit upon its release in America at the end of 2015. Speaking to Variety, Stallone admitted that he and director Ryan Coogler have discussed a possible sequel to the film and suggested that it could shift between time frames in a similar style to The Godfather 2.
“Ryan (Coogler) has some ideas of going forward and backward and actually seeing Rocky and Apollo together,” Stallone said. “Think of The Godfather 2. That’s what he was thinking of, which was kind of ambitious.”
Coogler has become an in-demand director following his work on Creed and is in talks to direct Marvel’s upcoming Black Panther movie. Stallone admitted the availability of the director could cause issues with the Creed sequel.
“I know Ryan is probably going to be gone for a couple years,” he added. “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.”
Creed hits UK cinemas on January 15. It is Stallone’s first outing as his most famous character since 2006’s Rocky Balboa, which revived his popular boxing film franchise after a 16-year hiatus. The original Rocky film won the Best Picture prize at the 1976 Academy Awards.