Sylvester Stallone Hints Rocky 4-Inspired Story for Creed 2
Posted 2017/07/03 2733 0
Sylvester Stallone has come up with an idea for Creed 2!
The latest post, which the actor shared on Sunday, was a photoshopped image of Creed star Michael B. Jordan (who played Adonis Creed, son of the late Apollo Creed in the 2015 film) and Drago actor Dolph Lundgren face-to-face in the ring with Stallone watching from outside the ropes. “Here’s a chance to stretch your imagination,” Stallone wrote in the caption. “HISTORY WILL ALWAYS REPEAT ITSELF IN ONE FORM OR ANOTHER, JUST GOT TO BE READY! … Sins of the Father…. #creed2.”
When Rocky fought Drago in Rocky IV, America was still in a Cold War mode, and Hollywood was in the middle of releasing a whole string of largely-jingoistic films touting America’s strength in the face of the ever-present Soviet threat. Rocky IV emerged as something of a Reagan-era classic, a shameless pro-American rouser that unabashedly cast Rocky’s fight against Drago as a metaphoric battle between American values and a dehumanizing Communist ideology.
With Russia back in the news, and firmly back on the enemies list for a lot of people, having Creed fight Drago would take on a significance beyond the personal meaning arising from the son avenging the death of the father. Those political overtones would no doubt make Creed 2 at least mildly controversial.
Released in 2015, Creed, the seventh film in the iconic boxing franchise, scored over $170 million at the box office and a Golden Globe win for Stallone, who was also nominated in the best supporting actor category at the Academy Awards (he lost the Oscar to Bridge of Spies star Mark Rylance).
Stallone previously said Creed would be his final appearance as Rocky, because there was no better ending for the character than where that movie left him. And that’s probably true. On the other hand, Stallone has also said he was through playing Rocky at least three different times (before III and then after V and Balboa) and each time he came back anyway.