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Creed sequel might actually be a prequel about Rocky Balboa and Apollo Creed

on January 05, 2016, 4:40pm

Creed scored a $103 million box-office knockout this holiday season, and it looks like franchise creator Sylvester Stallone is already prepping a new installment. “There’s no doubt that we’re making a Creed 2,” MGM CEO Gary Barber recently told Variety, but there is plenty of doubt about what that sequel might entail.

According to the Variety report, Stallone and Creed director Ryan Coogler have already developed several ideas to move the story forward — or backward, as the case may be. “Ryan has some ideas of going forward and backward and actually seeing Rocky and Apollo together,” Stallone said. “Think of The Godfather 2. That’s what he was thinking of, which was kind of ambitious.”

Such a move would likely result in more of a prequel than a sequel, and it would almost certainly come at the expense of screen time for Michael B. Jordan’s breakout character Adonis Johnson. The logistics also present a challenge, as three decades have passed since Carl Weathers’ Apollo Creed was killed in Rocky IV.

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It would take some pretty heavy makeup to convince audiences that Stallone and Weathers are in fact 30 years younger, but at least they’re both in fighting shape. Stallone confessed that he recently ran into Weathers, who seems like he’s still got some gas left in the tank. “I can’t believe I got in the ring with him,” he said. “Even if it was play fighting.” (Ed. Note: Being an acting coach undoubtedly keeps Weathers in tip-top shape.)

Jordan sounds like he needs some more convincing. When asked about the possibility of a prequel, he quipped, “So it’s going to be a CGI-version of Sly?”

Thankfully, Stallone still appears open to a more traditional sequel focusing on Adonis. “You’ll have him face a different opponent,” he explained, “which I would say is a more ferocious, big Russian.” Flashbacks to Ivan Drago notwithstanding, there’s plenty of new material to mine in Russia’s strained relations with the United States. Based on Creed’s success and Rocky’s undeniable pedigree, consider us cautiously optimistic.