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Fruitvale Station‘s Michael B. Jordan and Ryan Coogler Are Going To Make A Rocky Sequel?!

Submitted by on July 25, 2013 – 1:21 pmNo Comment

Director Ryan Coogler and star Michael B. Jordan are reaping praise for the stark realism and relevant social commentary of their recent film Fruitvale Station. So with their new-found success and credibility, the duo is moving on to… a Rocky sequel?!

Deadline reports that both men are in early talks with MGM to make Creed, where Jordan will play the grandson of Rocky Balboa’s fallen friend and colleague, Apollo Creed. Creator Sylvester Stallone is supposedly so excited about the project that he has already agreed to reprise the role of Rocky, who will now be the younger Creed’s trainer.

This would be a bit of a departure from the duo’s most recent release, which is based on the true story of Oscar Grant, an unarmed black man who was shot by a Caucasian transit police officer in San Francisco.

The cynic in me says that Coogler and Jordan are trying to cash in on their success, or at least alternating “commercial” projects with more artistically fulfilling ones. But the Deadline article claims that this is in fact a “passion project” for Coogler:

Much the same way that Coogler burned with the desire to tell the tragic story of Oscar Grant in his feature debut and begged Jordan to play the role in the $900,000 budget film, this whole idea also came from Coogler. When he signed with WME, Coogler identified Creed as a dream project.

I can believe it. Though the franchise descended practically into (awesome) self-parody, the original Rocky is not only a classic sports film, but a fantastic, gritty, low-budget underdog tale.

I have only two concerns. First: Carl Weathers must appear in this. Since Weathers’ character died in 1985′s Rocky IV, it is unlikely he will be able to pass as his former self in flashbacks; but maybe he could appear as a spirit to his grandson. No, seriously. This has to happen.

Second: someone has to get started on Drago immediately. Somewhere in a former Soviet republic, the grandson of Ivan Drago wants to redeem his disgraced grandfather, who was sent to a Siberian gulag after humiliating the USSR by losing to the puny Italian Stallion. Please, please.

What do you think of the plans for Creed?

[Image via Vulture]

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