Creed was arguably the most surprising movie of last year because it rejuvenated life into the Rocky franchise which many thought was impossible. The spinoff soared with the amazing direction of Ryan Coogler and the great performances from Michael B. Jordan and veteran Sylvester Stallone. Being the financial success that it was, a sequel is imminent and Stallone spoke with Variety about that subject.
While it appears that Ryan Coogler may be directing Black Panther for Marvel, it is unclear if he will return for a Creed sequel. “I know Ryan is probably going to be gone for a couple years,” Stallone says. “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.”
In terms of story, Stallone and Coogler have been throwing out some ideas as to where the sequel could go. One idea was going back in time and bring back Carl Weathers to play Apollo Creed, who died in Rocky IV at the hands of Ivan Drago. “Ryan has some ideas of going forward and backward and actually seeing Rocky and Apollo together,” Stallone revealed. “Think of ‘The Godfather 2.’ That’s what he was thinking of, which was kind of ambitious.” Stallone went on to say that he recently ran into Weathers, who is still in great shape for a man of his age. “I can’t believe I got in the ring with him,” he says. “Even if it was play fighting.”
Michael B. Jordan seemed a bit more skeptical of this idea. “So it’s going to be a CGI-version of Sly?” However, he went on to add, “I’m trying to think about it. Knowing Ryan, he’ll find a clever way to make that work.”
Another idea that Stallone teased was a more linear story Adonis paralleling Rocky´s career. “You’ll have him face a different opponent, which I would say is a more ferocious, big Russian,” Stallone says. “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.”
For more from Stallone, check out Variety´s full cover story here.