Sylvester Stallone to Go Back to His ‘Rocky’ Role for ‘Creed’ Spinoff

Will He Ever Retire the Rocky Character?

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Sylvester Stallone to Go Back to His ‘Rocky’ Role for ‘Creed’ Spinoff
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It's the movie franchise that just won't die! Nearly 40 years after the original "Rocky" movie made a splash on the big screen, Sylvester Stallone will step back into the boxing ring (sort of) for a movie about Apollo Creed's grandson.

According to Deadline, seven years after the last "Rocky" installment, Stallone will reprise his role as retired boxer and modern day mentor Rocky Balboa for the new project, while actor Michael B. Jordan is reportedly being wooed for the role of Apollo Creed's grandson, in what will be the seventh film in the "Rocky" series.

Unfortunately, Carl Weathers won't be able to reprise his role as Apollo in the new flick, titled "Creed," since his character was killed off sequels ago! Ditto for Talia Shire, whose character, Adrian, died during the last go-around. But after 40 years, why hasn't 67-year-old Stallone retired the Rocky character for good? Decades ago he planned to.

In a 1979 interview with Roger Ebert, Stallone gave a preview of the then-upcoming flick, "Rocky III," and said, "There'll never be a 'Rocky IV.' You gotta call a halt…It's like this. I could go on playin' Rocky forever, but it's like even the Bowery Boys got a little embarrassing when they were 50 or 60. They shoulda been the Bowery Seniors."

Several decades (and sequels) later, Stallone explained why he agreed to do the fifth Rocky film, which showed the beloved character at a low point.

"I'm greedy -- what can I tell you," he said in a 2010 interview posted by The Sun. "It was a mistake because the audience didn't want to see the downside of the character. They wanted him to remain on top. I should have known that." But he added, "The day I can't walk is the day I quit movies. Just because society says I'm old doesn't mean I am."

But after the sixth "Rocky" movie, Stallone declared that his days as the underdog boxer were done. "The last Rocky took 19 years to get off the ground, and it was quite a challenge," he told Time in 2010. "It'd be interesting to do a Frank Capra-esque one, where Rocky runs for mayor: a simple blue-collar guy goes all the way. But I learned in 'Rocky V' that you really can't tamper with that formula. When he's outside the ring, that's another character. You've seen the end of Rocky. I'm really happy with the way he rode off into the sunset."

It looks like Rocky is going for another ride, but maybe that's because Stallone already knows his legacy will be the Philly boxer with the big heart. He told GQ, "The character of Rocky, I'm fused to that. He dined with the staff, dined with kings, but at the end of the night he paid the check and left through the service entrance. I'll always have this blue-collar connection. For every guy, there is an opportunity to be a lot better than he thought he could be. We can't all be the star of the team, but we can be a star in our life."

Or the star in a bunch of sequels...

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