The new Rocky spin-off, Creed, is currently shooting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on track to meet its July 25, 2015 release. Directed by Fruitvale Station director Ryan Cooger, and starring his Fruitvale Station star Michael B. Jordan, the film has been one that has been met with mixed reception for fans of the Rocky series. While some are excited to see Rocky back on the big screen, others see Rocky Balboa is a fitting end to the series with no need to continue. While I agree with the latter, I can’t help but get excited by the idea of Creed, because the talent behind it is so good. Knowing this wasn’t created by Stallone, and he got so inspired by it to sign on to make it, gets me even more excited about what’s to come.
Now, the first synopsis for the film has been released:
Adonis Johnson (Jordan) never knew his famous father, world heavyweight champion Apollo Creed, who died before he was born. Still, there’s no denying that boxing is in his blood, so Adonis heads to Philadelphia, the site of Apollo Creed’s legendary match with a tough upstart named Rocky Balboa.
Once in the City of Brotherly Love, Adonis tracks Rocky (Stallone) down and asks him to be his trainer. Despite his insistence that he is out of the fight game for good, Rocky sees in Adonis the strength and determination he had known in Apollo—the fierce rival who became his closest friend. Agreeing to take him on, Rocky trains the young fighter, even as the former champ is battling an opponent more deadly than any he faced in the ring.
With Rocky in his corner, it isn’t long before Adonis gets his own shot at the title…but can he develop not only the drive but also the heart of a true fighter, in time to get into the ring?
The synopsis is about what you’d expect from a film set in the Rocky universe, except for one thing: It appears that Rocky is sick in this film. While many are guessing it’s cancer, I’m leaning more towards him possibly having Parkinson’s Disease. It would be fitting for all the fights he has been in, and many boxers have faced the disease once they’ve retired. This actually sounds a lot like the idea behind Rocky 5, except handled much, much better.
On top of the synopsis, we also have the first photos from the set that have been released, which you can check out below:
It’s good to see that little things like Adrian’s, the restaurant that Rocky had in Rocky Balboa is actually being used here again as well. It’s little things like that, paying that close of attention to the continuity and details, that makes me really excited for this one. I’m actually anxious to see what will come from this film, and hope it’s worthy to carry the mantle of the Rocky series.