MGM & Michael B. Jordan Teaming With Stallone On 'Rocky' Spinoff 'Creed'
Reported by Outsiders - 2013.07.24
Sylvester Stallone is bringing Rocky Balboa back but not to the squared circle but as a retired fighter-turned-trainer for MGM's Creed. MGM is in early talks with Michael B. Jordan (Pictured) to play the grandson of Apollo Creed in a continuation of the Rocky saga. The project will be helmed by Ryan Coogler and will be scripted by Coogler and Aaron Covington.
The story behind the movie is to have 'Jordan play the grandson of Apollo Creed (played in the early movies by Carl Weathers). Raised in an upper-crust home thanks to the ring riches earned by his grandfather, the young man doesn’t have to box and his family doesn’t want him to. Yet, he has the natural instinct and gifts and potential that made his grandfather the heavyweight champion until Rocky Balboa took his crown in 1979′s Rocky II. Creed’s grandson needs a mentor and turns to Balboa, who is out of boxing completely and not eager to return. Balboa was Creed’s father’s greatest opponent and later his best friend until that fateful moment when Balboa heeded Creed’s wishes and didn’t stop the fight against the Soviet fighter Drago (played by Dolph Lungdren in 1985′s Rocky IV) before the giant delivered what proved to be a fatal beating.'