After beating the competition at the box office last weekend, with a $58 million opening weekend and $110 million globally after less than a week of release, ‘Creed III’ has ensured that the sports franchise that grew out of the ‘Rocky’ films is alive, well, and punching above its weight (the third film, in fact, made more in three days than its two predecessors earned during its five-day holiday launch).
So when Michael B. Jordan told Deadline last week that he was “excited” to build a universe around boxer Adonis Creed, his family, friends and colleagues, it seemed we were getting closer to that becoming a reality.
Deadline offers an update that some ideas are being discussed.
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What would the ‘Creed’ spin-off look like?
It’s still early days on all this, and neither Jordan, MGM, nor Amazon (which owns MGM) have officially commented, but word is that we could see an anime series based on the ‘Creed’ film which will allow the team to tell more. story set in the world.
And, following on from ‘Creed III,’ there’s also talk of a show being based on Adonis and Bianca’s (Tessa Thompson) daughter, Amara, played by deaf actress Mila Davis-Kent in the film. What exactly that might be remains to be seen––whether it follows him now or even in his adulthood.
There’s also been mention of a live-action series, but again, that’s sketchy at this point.
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What about the ‘Drago’ spin-off?
First mentioned last July, a spin-off film focusing on Dolph Lundgren’s Ivan Drago and his son Viktor Drago (played by Florian Munteanu in 2018’s ‘Creed II’ and who appeared briefly in ‘Creed III’) appears to be still in development. with Robert Lawton writing the script.
There hasn’t been much news for now, though we’re sure Amazon wants Lundgren back on screen.
Will Sylvester Stallone be involved in the spin-off?
Any new ‘Creed’ development seems unlikely to feature the involvement of Sylvester Stallone, who, let’s not forget, is the progenitor and star of the entire ‘Rocky’ film franchise, without which there would not be ‘Creed’ in the first place.
Sly was outspoken in his dissatisfaction with the lack of reciprocity in terms of rights between himself and producer Irwin Winkler. The producers refused to reinstate Stallone’s rights and the actor/writer has cut ties with the franchise.
And Sly’s problems include not even watching ‘Creed III’, in which he doesn’t appear as Rocky. “You can’t reconcile with someone who’s so, so evil, in my opinion,” he told Jessica Shaw at Sirius XM.
Which means we’re unlikely to see ‘Rocky & Friends’ as one of the big new offerings from The Creed. Even if the success of the latest film proves, Adonis Creed’s world has moved on from Rocky.
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‘Creed III’ was produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Chartoff-Winkler Productions, Outlier Society Productions, Proximity Media, and Balboa Productions, and is slated for release on March 3.