Sylvester Stallone has confirmed he will direct and produce Creed 2, the sequel to the hit Rocky spin-off starring Michael B. Jordan as Adonis Creed, the son of Rocky’s fallen friend Apollo.
Stallone will also return as Rocky Balboain the film, though it could yet prove to be his final outing as the Italian Stallion if the star’s comments are taken at face value.
The Oscar-winner took to Instagram to confirm the news, posting a picture of himself alongside Jordan with the caption: “Looking forward to directing and Producing The incredibly talented Michael B Jordan in CREED 2 next year … One more Round ! #creed2 #mgm#fighting #workout #exercise #boxing”
“One more Round” appears to suggest this could end up being Stallone’s final outing as Rocky, which wouldn’t be a massive shock.
In Creed, Rocky revealed he had cancer and while Balboa was in remission by the end of the movie, loaded wouldn’t rule out the sequel tugging on the heartstrings with the untimely demise of the franchise’s original hero.
Stallone is no spring chicken after all and the Rocky films have made a habit of killing off key characters for dramatic effect.
Rocky’s original trainer, Mickey, met his maker in Rocky III. Apollo Creed, of course, died at the hands of Dolph Lundgren’s Ivan Drago. Even Rocky’s wife, Adrian, died in the time between Rocky V and Rocky Balboa along with her brother, Paulie.
It stands to reason that Rocky might be next. And while it’s more likely that the character would succumb to illness, fans would undoubtedly love to see Rocky go down in the ring, preferraby as part of a rematch with Drago.
Stallone has already confirmed that Lundgren will reprise his role as Drago in the sequel, though it looks increasingly unlikely that he will return as a boxer.
One possible pitch could see Adonis Creed go up against Drago’s own son, seeking revenge for the untimely death of his father at the Russian’s hands.
No release date has yet been confirmed but it’s expected that Creed 2 will arrive at some point in 2018.
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