From the buzziest indie film of the year to… a “Rocky” sequel? Deadline reports “Fruitvale Station” director-actor duo Ryan Coogler and Michael B. Jordan have found their next collaboration, and it’s certainly unexpected, at least to this writer. Coogler has been set to direct and Jordan is in early talks to star in “Creed”, a spinoff of Sylvester Stallone’s lucrative boxing franchise “Rocky.” Oh, and did I mention Sly’s going to reprise his role as Rocky Balboa?
If a deal comes together, Jordan would play the grandson of Apollo Creed, Rocky Balboa’s arch rival turned best friend. He’s grown up rich and sheltered thanks to his grandfather’s earnings and has no desire to fight, but has a natural gift for it and ultimately decides to go for it, seeking advice and eventually training with Balboa. Yikes. Deadline does go on to say that Coogler has thought of “Creed” as a dream project, so perhaps it will be better than it sounds, but for now, we’ll just be over here scratching our heads over this one.
Jordan, a veteran of two of TV’s most critically acclaimed dramas “The Wire” and “Friday Night Lights”, was seen in surprise breakout sci-fi hit “Chronicle” along with Alex Russell and Dane DeHaan and most recently as the star of “Fruitvale Station”, which won both the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. He most recently wrapped up shooting ensemble rom com “Are We Officially Dating?” along with Zac Efron and Miles Teller, and is attached to indie drama “Pretenders.” And there’s still that “Fantastic Four” question mark hanging over his head.