Stallone Retires Rambo, Will Reprise Rocky

Sylvester Stallone has made a decision regarding his two most iconic characters – putting one in the retirement home for good, and giving the other at least one more time to shine.

Speaking with Variety, the actor revealed that a sequel to “Creed” is a certainty and he’ll be back to play Rocky Balboa again. MGM, which co-financed “Creed,” is onboard with the CEO saying: “There’s no doubt that we’re making a ‘Creed 2’.”

“Creed” helmer Ryan Coogler and Stallone have already developed ideas for the new “Creed” with one version partly taking place in the past and bringing back Carl Weathers to play Apollo Creed: “Ryan has some ideas of going forward and backward and actually seeing Rocky and Apollo together. Think of ‘The Godfather 2.’ That’s what he was thinking of, which was kind of ambitious.”

Co-star Michael B. Jordan isn’t sure how it would work: “So it’s going to be a CGI-version of Sly? I’m trying to think about it. Knowing Ryan, he’ll find a clever way to make that work.” The other option is continuing on with Apollo’s son Adonis (Michael B. Jordan) taking on a more ferocious opponent and dealing with Bianca who wants to get out and experience the world before her hearing goes.

The catch in all this is Coogler whose dance card is filling up fast and who is confirmed to be in talks for Marvel’s “Black Panther” film. Stallone says: “I know Ryan is probably going to be gone for a couple years. So there will be a quandary on: Do we work with another director and have Ryan produce, or do we wait? There’s a diminishing time acceptance of a sequel. Now they are cranking them out in a year.”

Meanwhile, and despite planning over several years to do a fifth one, Stallone has retired his iconic military war hero John Rambo with the actor revealing he has no intention of reprising his role: “The heart’s willing, but the body says ‘Stay home!’. It’s like fighters that go back for one last round and get clobbered. Leave it to someone else… There’s nothing left. When they asked me to do another ‘Rambo,’ I said, ‘If I can’t do better than I did last time, and I can’t, then why’?”

He’s also not involved in the “Rambo” TV series in development at Fox which follows the son of his character: “I don’t want to cast aspersions, but it’s delicate to try to replace a character with his son. I’ve seen the son of Flicka, the son of Tarzan, the son of King Kong, the son of Godzilla. It’s a very difficult premise.”