Following both the critical and box-office success of Ryan Coogler’s “Creed,” talk quickly surfaced of a potential sequel that would continue the story of Michael B. Jordan’s Adonis Creed.
Around the same time Sylvester Stallone announced that he was retiring John Rambo from the screen and had no intention to play that character again, but seemed more open about potentially returning as Rocky Balboa for a “Creed” sequel.
This week, honored at the Santa Barbara film festival where his former “Rocky” co-star Carl Weathers presented him with the Montecito Award, Stallone sounds like he may have changed his mind. He tells Variety that his character’s story may have reached the end:
“I really have mixed feelings about this, seriously. I feel like Rocky, at the end of this movie on the steps, with the help of a young man, and he looks out and says, ‘From here, you can see your whole life’ – it sort of summarizes the whole thing. I don’t know how much further you can push Rocky.”
Why the change in attitude is unclear, though the rousing reception for “Creed” means both the actor and character would essentially “go out on top” if he chose to retire Balboa from the big screen. Will Jordan and co-star Tessa Thompson be strong enough to continue on their own?