To be certain, the “Fruitvale Station” team of director Ryan Coogler and star Michael B. Jordan spent some considerable time wrapped up in the devastating true story that anchored their Sundance and Cannes selected film. And with the recent outcome of the George Zimmerman trial following the death of Trayvon Martin, it once again brought up those issues of race and class as the duo were out promoting the film. So perhaps something lighter isn’t exactly surprising, but you may be taken aback by the upcoming project’s shape.
Coogler and Jordan are teaming with Sylvester Stallone to make “Creed” which is, you guessed it, a spinoff from the “Rocky” franchise. And yes, Sly will once again reprise his role as Rocky Balboa. The script, which will be penned by Coogler and Aaron Covington, will follow Apollo Creed’s grandson (Jordan), living the high-life, thanks to the success of his grandfather, who decides to get into the ring himself, seeking out a reluctant Rocky to be his mentor. Maybe he’ll box the grandson of Ivan Drago? It’s not the most inspired concept, though it was probably this or a prequel—but mostly we’re just bummed there’s no way for Carl Weathers to return.
Thoughts? Is this a clever way to keep the “Rocky” franchise going or should they give it a TKO already? [Deadline]