November 25th, 2015 | Rocky VII, aka “Creed” to Debut

Well, well, well…lookie what we have here.

Details for the Rocky spin-off, Creed, are beginning to emerge.

The synopsis:

“Adonis Johnson (Actor Michael B. 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?”

Sounds good.

Count me in for opening night.

Vince, from Friday Night Lights is all grown up and starring in the new Rocky-ish project. Also, I miss Coach Taylor badly.
Vince, from Friday Night Lights is all grown up and starring in the new Rocky-ish project. Also, I miss Coach Taylor badly.

It should be noted that Michael B. Jordan played memorable characters in two of the better TV dramas of the past 15 years. He starred as ‘Wallace’ in HBO’s dramatic hit series The Wire, and played star quarterback ‘Vince Howard’ on Friday Night Lights (NBC).

Side note: I really miss Friday Night Lights – especially Coach Taylor.

Coach Taylor is the kind of father nobody’s ever had.

Coach Taylor is the kind of man you dream about being when you dream about being a perfect man.

Coach Taylor is the salt of the earth’s inner core (assuming the inner core is extremely salty).

Anyway – back to Creed. 

Owen Williams over at Empire Online opined that this project feels more like Rocky VII, and less like the spin-off that Stallone has insisted it is going to be.

And that’s a problem because……….?

It’s not a problem.

Rocky VII totally works.

As far as I’m concerned they can make as many Rocky films as they want to.

I’ll watch them all.

Perhaps the final scene of the final movie can be Sylvester Stallone’s actual, real life, death rattle.

I’d buy a ticket.

Play Burning Heart in the background and I think it would make for a terrific scene.

Filming has already begun on this spin-off, er, sequel.

Other cast information, according to Williams:

Tessa Thompson (Selma) is Adonis’ musician love interest Bianca; Phylicia Rashad (The Cosby Show’s Claire Huxtable) is Apollo’s widow Mary Anne Creed; and Brit boxer Tony Bellew is another boxing champ and Adonis’ rival, “Pretty” Ricky Conlan.

No word yet on possible appearances by Clubber Lang’s or Drago’s offspring.

Speaking of Burning Heart, and Apollo dying – here you go (note this video is not the actual placement of this song in Rocky IV – it’s a re-edit):