When Ryan Coogler’s Sundance and Cannes winner “Fruitvale Station” hit theaters in July, MGM quickly scooped up the maverick indie to write and direct this seventh film in the “Rocky” series, co-penned by Aaron Covington. How will Coogler fare on a big-budget Hollywood canvas? We shall see when Warner Bros. opens “Creed” on the awards (and family) friendly date of November 25.
“Creed” takes the original Apollo Creed/Rocky Balboa story and follows Adonis Creed (a ripped Michael B. Jordan), the son of world heavyweight champ Apollo, trying to make his way in Philadelphia. He turns to Balboa (Sylvester Stallone), his father’s close friend and fierce rival, for help and mentorship. Judging from footage in CinemaCon and the trailer below, it looks gritty and terrific. “It’s not ‘Rocky 7,'” Stallone told exhibitors. Tessa Thompson and real-life boxers Tony Bellew and Andrew Ward round out the cast.
Filming began in January 2015 in England and wrapped April in Philly, where the crew converted an empty store into a boxing gym. “Creed” names as producers Irwin Winkler and the late Robert Chartoff, who produced the original 1976 Best Picture-winning “Rocky,” along with Sylvester Stallone and Kevin King Templeton.