The Rocky franchise is one of those film series that might go down at times but can never be counted out. Everyone had thought that the storied franchise was done after 2006’s Rocky Balboa but new life was breathed into the franchise with last fall’s surprise blockbuster, Creed.
Creed was a massive critical and financial success that helped to successfully reboot the rapidly aging franchise for a new generation. The film grossed $173.6 million on a measly $35 million budget and made newcomer Michael B. Jordan into a bona fide star. It even helped to earn Sylvester Stallone an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
Creed actually managed to revive Rocky in the video game world, too. It brought about a mobile fighting game for smart devices, Real Boxing 2, as well as new a licensed casino title based on the franchise at large. This site called the latter a “heavyweight slot” that “packs a punch,” as players are encouraged to step into the ring against some of the most famous adversaries of the Italian Stallion from throughout the series. With this level of success in the theatres and even in gaming, it comes as no surprise that there’s already talk of a sequel to Creed. And we have the low down on some of the most enticing rumours for the upcoming film, including several seriously big cameos.
Much of Creed‘s success came from the unflinching realism of the film. One of the reasons the fights looked so real is these largely weren’t actors in the ring. Creed starred several real-life fighters as the opponents of the titular character; former super-middleweight champion Andre Ward played Danny “Stuntman” Wheeler and former light-middleweight champion Gabriel Rosado played another of Creed’s challengers. In fact, Creed’s opponent in the final bout was none other than current EBU cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew, so naturally we’re already thinking ahead of which fighters might make an appearance in the sequel.
Few fighters are more popular (or as talented) as Irishman Conor McGregor and according to one blog, director Ryan Coogler had hinted that he’d love to have McGregor at least make a cameo in the next film in the series. Unfortunately, it might be a long shot for fans of “The Notorious” as it definitely won’t be happening with Coogler at the helm. The director has been forced to drop out of the project due to his commitment for the upcoming Marvel film, Black Panther.
Thankfully, rising star Michael B. Jordan is still completely on board and he has big ideas for what to expect from a sequel. This article states that the actor feels the sequel needs a proper villain, not dissimilar to Ivan Drago in Rocky IV. He was actually responsible for the death of Creed‘s father, Apollo, and as close to a true villain the series has ever gotten. If Creed 2 ends up looking more like Rocky IV, we’re more than OK with that. It’s one of the best films in the franchise and it’d be great to see Jordan fight up against an honest-to-goodness bad guy. Who knows, maybe Conor McGregor might be just the man for the job.
Fans of the ROCKY franchise will be thrilled to see its latest installment, as our favourite on-screen boxer Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) passes on the torch in mentoring the son of his colleague Apollo Creed in Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan).
The stars of the Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station) penned and directed Film are in Toronto on a 24-hour whirlwind Press Day which saw them surprise fans at a private screening of Creed last night, introducing the drama at TIFF Bell Lightbox. And fans took to Instagram and Twitter expressing their shock and delight and later in the evening! We hear the Trio were spotted at a hot sports bar where Jordan caught-up on his football.
Coogler reunites here with up-and-coming Jordan after phenomenal acclaim on their 2013 drama Fruitvale Station. Stunning actress Tessa Thompson (Dear White People, Selma) also is a part of the tour, playing the role of Bianca in Creed. Despite quickly zipping by, we caught-up with the Trio earlier today and it was amazing getting a snap with Jordan who promised to do one on his way out after being in a rush. Thompson was relaxed and kindly stopped for a photo, while Coogler was enjoying his morning coffee as he geared-up what looks to be a long day as they visit the next city on their promo tour later today. Be sure to check-out their interview on The Roz & Mocha Show tomorrow on KISS 92.5. Later in the day, the Trio headed to Queen Alexandra Middle School, attending an assembly with 250+ students without warning and drawing cheers as they donated $5,000 to their current fundraiser campaign.
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Adonis Johnson (Jordan) never knew his famous father, world heavyweight champion Apollo Creed, who died before he was born. Still, there’s no denying that boxing is in his blood, so Adonis heads to Philadelphia, the site of Apollo Creed’s legendary match with a tough upstart named Rocky Balboa.Once in the City of Brotherly Love, Adonis tracks Rocky (Stallone) down and asks him to be his trainer. Despite his insistence that he is out of the fight game for good, Rocky sees in Adonis the strength and determination he had known in Apollo—the fierce rival who became his closest friend. Agreeing to take him on, Rocky trains the young fighter, even as the former champ is battling an opponent more deadly than any he faced in the ring. With Rocky in his corner, it isn’t long before Adonis gets his own shot at the title…but can he develop not only the drive but also the heart of a true fighter, in time to get into the ring? Warner Bros. Pictures Canada release Creed on Friday, November 25, 2015.
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