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In today’s age of bloated cinematic universes, storytelling homogeneity, and corporations forsaking finality for a whiff of financial longevity, it seems even classic American franchises aren’t safe from continuous expansion and reimagining. Less than a year after Sylvester Stallone very publically, very cordially said goodbye to the character of Rocky Balboa – a social media farewell that coincided more or less with “Creed II,” his eighth time playing the iconic boxer – it seems there are already plans in the works for him to return to the role.
In a recent interview with Variety, Stallone, who turned 73 earlier this month, disclosed that yet another installment in the ‘Rocky‘ franchise is being drawn up. But instead of “Creed III,” this new story sounds more like a “Rocky VII,” a movie that would see “the onetime boxing champ befriending a young street fighter living in the U.S. illegally.” The longtime producer of the “Rocky” films, Irwin Winkler, is also quoted as saying that they are negotiating to get Stallone to write and star in the production.
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If you’re thinking that it’s high past time Hollywood move on from Rocky, there’s more: Stallone also told Variety there are “discussions” to throw a very modern twist in the franchise; namely, create a prequel series about the boxer for TV, “likely for a streaming platform.”
The narrative is eerily similar to Stallone’s other iconic franchise, that of “Rambo,” of which the upcoming fifth installment – titled...
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