Ryan Coogler Talks About His Rocky Spin-Off Creed Posted by Joseph Lee on 06.05.2014
Focusing on his family...
In an interview with IGN, director Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station) spoke about his plans for a Rocky spin-off called Creed, which would follow the family of Apollo Creed after Ivan Drago killed him in Rocky IV. He revealed that he has been talking with Sylvester Stallone to produce and appear in the movie.
He said: "Rocky is such a great character and I think it would be cool to see him again. But more than anything I've always been interested in supporting characters. It might just be growing up and seeing people that look like me always relegated to the side, always playing support."
He also spoke about why he wanted to tell this story and why he loves Apollo Creed. He added: "When I watch the first one now, I'm really fond of him. Obviously he was based on Muhammad Ali, and if you did a poll of everyone's favorite athlete, Ali still wins. So he was based on this charismatic guy – outspoken and things – but also I think that Stallone when he wrote that script was playing with stereotypes a little bit… you've got this black dude who is successful as an athlete, he's also very intelligent and a very smart character. Our film is basically about what happened to this dude's family. Where is his family right now? I feel like if you look at that, it would be ‘What if Muhammad Ali had died in the ring and he was 40-years-old? What would happen to his family?' That is kind of what the movie is."