Sylvester Stallone To Return in Creed 4 With Michael B. Jordan, Jonathan Majors if He Gets Back $2.7B Rocky Franchise Rights: “As long as the other fella’s not involved”

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Being featured as a small-time boxer who gets to fight in the big leagues, the world came to know Sylvester Stallone as a force to be reckoned with. Rocky, starring Stallone was also penned down by him and became one of his iconic roles and movies.


Years later, Stallone once again picked up the role of Rocky Balboa for the 2015 movie Creed. Starring alongside Michael B. Jordan, Stallone reprised his role in what would eventually come to be known as the Creed franchise. Things turned sour, and there’s only one way in which Stallone will reunite with the actors if some people are not involved.

Sylvester Stallone
Sylvester Stallone.

Sylvester Stallone Has A Condition For Joining Creed IV

Seeking mentorship from his father’s old friend and rival, Adonis Creed meets Rocky Balboa in the 2015 movie Creed. Michael B. Jordan, portraying the character of Creed acts as a new generation of boxers that the people can relate to much like Sylvester Stallone’s Balboa and the Rocky franchise.

Sylvester Stallone and Michael B. Jordan in Creed

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The duo starred in Creed I and Creed II together however, the Rambo: First Blood actor dropped out of the third part of the franchise. Stating that the movie was going in a different direction than what Stallone had originally intended, the actor dropped out of the third part of the franchise to leave it up to Michael B. Jordan and Irwin Winkler to deal with it.

The actor had a quarrel with producer Irwin Winkler over some rights issues of the Rocky and the Creed franchise which also added to the fallout of Sylvester Stallone with Creed III. The actor however stated that only for Michael B. Jordan, he wouldn’t mind returning to the franchise if the other people were not involved.


“Michael B. Jordan, nice guy, the studio’s wonderful. But it’s just the…it’s been such a real, rough emotional ride. That’s all. It really has. Now, if Michael B. Jordan, we come up with a story, I’ll do Creed 4 with him as long as the other fella’s not involved,”

Although it does seem a challenge, Michael B. Jordan could potentially partner with Sylvester Stallone to release Creed IV if the problem of character rights gets sorted for the studio and the creator of the movie.

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Sylvester Stallone Originally Did Not Want To Do Creed

Sylvester Stallone as Rocky Balboa
Sylvester Stallone as Rocky Balboa

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Directed by Ryan Coogler, Creed became a one-of-its-kind movie as people rushed to the theaters to see the merger between the old and the new generation of boxers. With Michael B. Jordan and Stallone portraying lead roles, the movie was bound to succeed but The Expendables actor did not think so during the beginning.

The actor recalled that Ryan Coogler had to convince Stallone to take up the role and it took him 2 whole years to do that! Eventually, Coogler’s persistence was what impressed Stallone so much that he took up the offer and the rest is history.

“So he goes away and does Fruitvale Station. Wins all these awards, and he’s offered multiple job opportunities and he keeps coming back to Creed. I see this and say, this fellow here obviously is functioning on a different kind of energy. It is heartfelt, not monetary, not ego. It’s as though he has to finish a mission, which was a love letter to his father who had been very, very ill and that stimulated the idea. So I finally said, ‘You know what? Someone took a chance on me, once. I’m just going to throw caution to the wind and let him run with it,’”

In the end, the Creed franchise came out to be one of the best sequels ever made that bridged the gap between the old and the new. The recently released Creed III is available to rent on Apple TV+.


Source: Cheatsheet


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