It’s awards season again! New and old faces have been making the rounds in various awards nights but one of the year’s biggest surprises is actually an industry veteran: Sylvester Stallone. The star who made “Rocky Balboa” and “Rambo” household names is back in game for some awards.
The massive success of “Creed” has put him back in the radar and talks of “Creed 2” are buzzing around. In fact, Variety noted that MGM CEO Gary Barber said, “There’s no doubt that we’re making ‘Creed 2.’”
Stallone has also weighed in on the prospects of the sequel to “Creed.” According to him, “There is a diminishing time acceptance of a sequel.” He added, “Three years is a little much.” There is, however, some doubt as to who will be directing “Creed 2.”
Ryan Coogler may not be at the helm of the sequel and this was confirmed by Stallone himself. However, the good news for Coogler is that even if he is not selected as the next film’s director, he will be an executive producer. In fact, Stallone and Coogler have already been brainstorming for the “Creed” sequel.
In similar news, Stallone, who is now 69 years old, has shelved plans for “Rambo V”. He said in another Variety article that he was content where he left “Rambo IV” which was released in 2008. His reasoning goes like this:
As an action film, I was very satisfied that it dealt with the Burmese situation. It had one foot in a current event, the longest civil war in history, 65 years at that time. It was so brutal, which civil war is, I was shocked they even gave me an R-rating. I didn’t want to compromise. I said, ‘This is probably going to be the last decent film of this genre that I’m going to do as a solo act.’ When that was accomplished, I never felt the same willingness to do it again.”
So that’s that. The future for Sylvester Stallone seems rooted on “Creed” and “Rambo” is now simply a footnote in the actor’s long and successful career. Now, all eyes are on the franchise’s star Michael B. Jordan who has a very real shot at making it big because of “Creed”.