Stallone will reprise Rocky as a retired fighter-turned-trainer.
‘Fruitvale Station’ creative duo, director Ryan Coogler and actor Michael B. Jordan, are said to be teaming with MGM for ‘Creed,’ a continuation of Sylvester Stallone’s ‘Rocky’ saga.
The film would see Jordan playing 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.”
Deadline has confirmed that Stallone will reprise his role as “The Italian Stallion,” with Coogler set to pen the script with Aaron Covington.
Irwin Winkler and Robert Chartoff, who produced the original film, will produce with Stallone and Kevin King.