Sylvester Stallone Announces Retirement From Rocky/Creed Movie Franchise

 

Well, we knew this day would come. Rocky Balboa is hanging up his gloves. After six ‘Rocky‘ films and two ‘Creed‘ movies, Sylvester Stallone is ready to jump out of the ring.

In a video posted to his Instagram account this week, Stallone talked to the cast and crew of Creed II and basically passed the torch to Michael B. Jordan

“Well, this is probably my last rodeo because what I thought happened, and has happened, I never expected. I thought Rocky was over in 2006 [Rocky Balboa]. And I was very happy with that. Then all of a sudden this young man presented himself and the whole story changed. It went on to a new generation. New problems. New adventures.

And I couldn’t be happier as I step back because my story has been told, there’s a whole new world that’s going to be opening up with the audience, with this generation. Now you [pointing to Michael B. Jordan], have to carry the mantle.”

In the caption for the video, Stallone thanked all the Rocky fans out there and said although it’s sad, all things must pass and end at some point.

He’s thanking us, but really we should be thanking him for creating something truly special that has inspired millions of people around the world. Much love, Stallone.

Warner Bros. Releases First Poster And Official Synopsis For Creed 2 (PHOTO)

Creed 2, the highly anticipated sequel to the 2015 film Creed, is scheduled to hit theaters November 21, 2018, which is only five months away now. People were beginning to wonder when Warner Bros. would start promoting the film.

Well, wonder no more. The studio released the first poster, which shows Michael B. Jordan looking all sorts of jacked. He might be in the best shape of his life.

In addition to the poster release, they also released the official synopsis you see below…

“Life has become a balancing act for Adonis Creed. Between personal obligations and training for his next big fight, he is up against the challenge of his life. Facing an opponent with ties to his family’s past only intensifies his impending battle in the ring. Rocky Balboa is there by his side through it all and, together, Rocky and Adonis will confront their shared legacy, question what’s worth fighting for, and discover that nothing’s more important than family. 

Creed II is about going back to basics to rediscover what made you a champion in the first place, and remembering that, no matter where you go, you can’t escape your history.”

The first trailer for the movie is expected to be released tomorrow, so we will obviously share that once it hits the internet.

For now, enjoy the poster.

‘Creed 2’ Begins Filming, Sylvester Stallone Shares First Behind-The-Scenes Video

 

You ‘Rocky‘ fans are in for a treat. It’s been nearly three years since ‘Creed‘ was released. The ‘Rocky’ spinoff was a huge hit with both the audience at home and the critics. It took home over $170 million at the box office and scored a 95% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

And now, we’re preparing for Creed II, which is set to be released later this year. Sylvester Stallone went on his social media accounts today to share the good news that filming has officially started on the sequel.

He didn’t give us a look at any of the stars, but he did show us his trailer, so that counts for something. Steven Caple Jr. will be directing this sequel and both Michael B. Jordan and Tessa Thompson have returned.

Collider provides us with more information:

“Written by Stallone and Cheo Hodari Coker (Luke Cage) and taking direct inspiration from Ryan Coogler‘s 2015 awards-worthy pic, Creed II will see Jordan return as Adonis Johnson, son of Apollo Creed, to continue his training under Rocky Balboa in order to prep for what’s sure to be a brutal fight against Vitor Drago (Florian Munteanu), the son of Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren).”

Creed II is set to hit theaters November 21, 2018, so maybe we’ll see our first trailer by the end of summer. We will keep you posted.

‘Rocky’ Spinoff ‘Creed 2’ Gets Official Release Date, And It’s Sooner Than You Might Expect!

You have just one more year to wait for the long-waited follow-up to Creed. It was announced this week that Creed 2 is scheduled to be released inside a theater near you November 21, 2018.

As some of you know, Sylvester Stallone has been teasing the sequel for a while now. Most people thought it wouldn’t be released until 2019, but thankfully we won’t have to wait that long. Stallone will be writing and directing Creed 2, so it should be interesting to see his vision come to life.

Stallone has also teased the possibility of a connection to Rocky IV in this upcoming sequel…

“Including another Rocky vs Drago showdown – not least because Dolph Lundgren confirmed he’d be heading to the Creed sequel earlier this year. Rocky IV saw Sly’s Rocky head to Moscow to avenge the death of opponent Creed at the hands of Dolph Lundgren’s Ivan Drago, so perhaps revenge is a dish best served very cold indeed.”

It should be a wild ride. If they’re planning on this November 2018 release date, we have to imagine filming will begin within the next few months.

We’ll keep you posted as more information is released.

Creed 2 Is Happening And Sylvester Stallone Just Announced He Will Be Directing It!

Some huge news just dropped on the Rocky/Creed franchise. We assumed a sequel to the 2015 film would happen, but now we have official word from Sylvester Stallone that a Creed 2 is in the making.

Not only did he announce the sequel, he also revealed that he will be the one directing it. You may remember that Ryan Coogler directed the first Creed film, and it was a hit with the critics. It received a 95% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Heck, Stallone received an Academy Award nomination for his supporting role in the film.

Stallone announced the exciting news on his Instagram account. He posted a picture of himself standing next to Michael B. Jordan, “Looking forward to directing and producing the incredibly talented Michael B. Jordan in CREED 2 next year…One more round!”

 

I am excited for this; however, I hope Stallone really means ONE more round. Just one. I don’t want this turning into some Fast & Furious sh*t, where it starts with simple boxing matches and ends with Jordan fighting aliens on Mars.

No release date has been announced, but if they begin filming next year as the post suggests, then it will probably be released in 2019. We’ll keep you posted.

How do you feel about the news? Are you excited Stallone will be directing the project?

Will Rocky Die In New ‘Creed’ Film? Official Synopsis Hints At Serious Illness

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You may want to stuff some tissues in your pocket when you go see the upcoming Rocky spinoff, Creed. According to the official synopsis released yesterday, Rocky Balboa will be facing his deadliest opponent outside of the ring.

Check out the release down below, and then we’ll talk about what this all could mean.

“From Warner Bros. Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures comes award-winning filmmaker Ryan Coogler’s ‘Creed.’ The film explores a new chapter in the ‘Rocky’ story and stars Academy Award nominee Sylvester Stallone in his iconic role. The film also reunites Coogler with his ‘Fruitvale Station’ star Michael B. Jordan as the son of Apollo Creed.
 
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?”

A lot to take in, right? It certainly sounds like Rocky has cancer or maybe his head is about to explode from all the injuries he suffered inside the ring. We aren’t exactly sure what the illness is, but we are wondering if this is Rocky’s final film.

It would certainly make sense. Passing the torch to the new fighter played by Michael B. Jordan. This could be a very effective way of starting a new franchise.

Of course, this is all just speculation. We do know Warner Bros. is confident about this film. Scheduling it for a November 25, 2015 release date. It will be facing some tough competition that week.

Creed was written and directed by Fruitvale Station director, Ryan Coogler.