Attention fans of the ‘Rocky Balboa’ franchise! Producer Irwin Winkler announced the start of work on the 10th film in the series starring actors Sylvester Stallone and Michael B. Jordan. According to the website Deadline, the businessman spoke about the project while participating in the Contenders Film cinema event, held in Los Angeles. He said that there is already a story, he said that pre-production is expected to begin at the end of 2024 and revealed that Michael B. Jordan will be the director.
Michael B. Jordan made his directorial debut in ‘Creed III’ (2023). The film did not feature Stallone’s return as Rocky due to tensions between him and the franchise’s rights holders. In the first two ‘Creed’, released in 2015 and 2018, Rocky Balboa appeared in retirement, as the mentor and trainer of the young boxer Adonis Creed played by Jordan. In fact, the first two ‘Creed’ will be shown today (November 19) on Globo, the first at 12:30 pm and the second at 4:05 pm.
“We are planning ‘Creed IV’ right now,” revealed Irwin Winkler at the Las Vegas film event. “We have a really good story and a great plot. We are a little late because of the strikes [dos sindicatos de roteiristas e atores de Hollywood]but in a year we will be starting pre-production.”
Winkler closed on the film by celebrating Michael B. Jordan’s return to directing. The 92-year-old producer praised the actor and filmmaker: “He did a great job, he is comfortable behind the camera.”
Irwin Winkler is the main protagonist of the confusion that ended up separating Stallone from his most famous character. By making his absence from the cast of ‘Creed III’ public, the star celebrated the work of his friend Michael B. Jordan, but criticized the franchise’s producer. In July 2022, Stallone made an Instagram post with several attacks on Winkler. The businessman has an Oscar for best film, won in 1977, precisely for the production of ‘Rocky: A Fighter’ (1976).
Stallone shared a drawing on Instagram that depicts a snake with Winkler’s head and wrote: “A VERY flattering portrait of the Great ‘Rocky’/’Creed’ Producer, IRWIN WINKLER, from one of the country’s greatest artists…”.
Then the actor explained his discomforts: “BUT after IRWIN controlled ROCKY for more than 47 years, and now CREED, I would really like to have at least a little of WHAT’S LEFT of my RIGHTS back, before they pass ONLY TO YOURS CHILDREN – I think it would be a FAIR gesture from this 93 year old man [sic]?”. Watch the trailers for the first three ‘Creed’ below:
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