Creed II ended with a scene that I found very perplexing. After the main character won the decisive fight, he called his trainer Rocky Balboa to celebrate. Rocky punched him, but didn’t get in the ring. “It’s your time,” Balboa told Creed.
And then, like a sad version of the Rocky theme music played, Rocky took a seat at ringside and adjusted his trademark hat.
It felt like a goodbye to Rocky – but how could you do more Creed movies without Rocky Balboa? Apparently you can, like Creed III hits theaters next spring without Rocky or Sylvester Stallone. When I spoke to Creed IISteven Caple Jr., when the movie was released I asked if the movie was meant to be a farewell to Rocky, he suggested the two characters might split into separate franchises: A Creed series and a Rocky series.
In a new interview with The Hollywood ReporterStallone essentially confirms this idea, when he says that even though he’s not in Creed IIIthe studio that owns the rights to the concept “wanted another Rocky” from him. But, at least until now, he hasn’t agreed to do so due to his continuing frustration that although he created the character of Rocky, wrote almost all of his films, and acted in them as well, he does not own the rights. to his signature creation. (The franchise’s longtime producers own the material.)
Of a potential seventh Rocky movie, Stallone said, “I was ready to do it. But I said, ‘After 45 years, can we change the playing field a bit? Are you leveling? Can’t I get a piece of what I created all those years ago? »
Stallone claims he didn’t even want a piece of the previous films, just this new one that was being discussed. “I don’t want anyone controlling it,” he said. “If I write it and the studio agrees to do it, it’s done.”
Obviously, the question was not solved, because until now the new Rocky does not happen. And given that in that same interview, Stallone says any kind of settlement on the Rocky rights will “never” happen, we really could have seen the last of the Italian stallion on screen in the final moments of Creed II. Creed III is still set to open in theaters on March 3, 2023.
The worst movie titles in history
Some of those movies were good, some bad. But they all have one thing in common. They have absolutely terrible titles.