Sly Stallone did this interesting interview with Variety and I think it’s a really good read. Sly talks about a lot of things with them. Sly talks about how he was robbed by the studios of ownership of the Rocky character… the studios fully own the character rights and Sly doesn’t own any of it. Sly says he didn’t get paid much of the first three Rocky movies and says he would have gotten paid a lot more even if he did own the full rights to the character. Some of you may ask yourself, “Sylvester Stallone is a millionaire and very rich, why would he care about making more money off the character???” I’m sure some of you are thinking to yourselves that Sly is just a whiner but I don’t think so… I think Sly totally deserves to own full rights for the Rocky character since the character was all his creation. After all the hard work and successes he did out of that character, I think he totally deserves to get paid fully and fairly. The studios obviously just didn’t care. They own the full rights to Rocky when they shouldn’t. It was Sly that helped make the studios millions… they should have thought about that but all the studios cared about was the money. Think about how unfair it is that when you create something and it was successful but you got paid less for your art? Sly has every right be pissed off, in my opinion.
Sly also talks about other things in his career… he talked about how his career almost came to an end and how nobody was interested in making Rocky VI (“Rocky Balboa”). Now that MGM finally agreed to make “Rocky Balboa” which came out in 2006, look where that got Sly? “Creed I & II” happened after that and now it’s looking like that MGM studios really want to make Rocky 7 now.
Sly says in this interview that he has an idea for another Rocky movie and he says that MGM is all over it and they want the movie to get made real fast. MGM is dying for another Rocky movie after them refusing to make “Rocky Balboa” in 2006 at first.
The new Rocky movie is not going to have anything to do with the Creed spinoffs and it’s looking like it’s going to be a seventh installment of the original Rocky series. People never thought a Rocky 7 would ever happen but it looks like it’s gonna happen ’cause MGM wants it pretty badly. Sly also says there might be a Rocky prequel TV series that will be streaming service exclusive which is also interesting.
Read the interview here:
Sylvester Stallone Feels Robbed of an Ownership Stake in ‘Rocky’: ‘I Was Furious’
I’m all for another Rocky movie and I’m all for that Rocky prequel TV show too. I think a Rocky prequel is a good idea. Just imagine what a young Rocky Balboa’s life would have been like? They would need to hire a young actor to play a younger version of Rocky Balboa which that idea would be very intriguing really. They would also need a younger Paully, a younger Mickey and maybe a younger Apollo Creed too.
Anyhow, I respect Sly so much. I admire him for going through so many struggles in life and somehow managed to get back on top again. He’s a pretty strong guy too. I also respect him for his honesty too ’cause not many actors admit that he’s been in some pretty horrible films. Sly’s not afraid to admit that he’s been in some pretty bad movies. I would think it’s safe to say that Sly has gotten much better at choosing his films, though.
Sly is in Philadelphia still working hard on filming, “Creed 2”. Of course, during break of filming, Sly had to do some reminiscing about the history of Rocky by visiting some old filming locations. See Sly’s instagram for more.
Sadly, Mick’s gym is closed down and Adrian’s Pet Shop got demolished like last year.
I can’t blame Sly for wanting to visit old Rocky filming locations and reminisce the past. Rocky means a lot to Sly and you can tell that he LOVES playing the character. When Sly filmed the very first Rocky, he was pretty young back then. Sly was just 30 years old when he filmed the first Rocky. Back then, he wasn’t a rich man at all like other movie stars. Now after that first Rocky movie, Sly is a superstar and icon in Hollywood. He did it all himself really.
One day I would love to visit Philadelphia so I can see all the Rocky locations with my own eyes. I would especially love to try running the art museum stairs and see the Rocky statue!
I love the first “Rocky”. It’s one of my favorite films ever made and a very important film in my life that has inspired me. It’s not just a movie about boxing. It’s a movie about “life”. A movie about moving forward, things like that.
The first Rocky helped give us 6 more sequels. Yes, the movie “Creed” counts as Rocky 7.
I like all the Rocky movies including Rocky V but nothing will top the first one. My favorite scenes from the first Rocky are in the videos above.
I may be a huge fan of Sly Stallone and watched almost all of his films but his work in Rocky will always stand out to me the most.
Check out Sly Stallone’s instagram. He’s posting a bunch of photos from the first “Rocky” movie of the Rocky vs. Creed fight. Is this Sly’s way of trying get a buzz going for “Creed II”??? Probably.
The first and original “Rocky” movie in 1976 never gets old. I can watch that movie so many times and never get tired of it!
I already have all the Rocky movies on DVD and I also have the first Rocky film on BluRay but it is cool that these movies are finally on Netflix. For some reason Netflix neglected “Rocky Balboa” (Rocky 6) but maybe they’ll get that on there sometime in the future.
I love all the Rocky movies. Yes, I even think “Rocky V” was a great flick even though Sly himself admitted it was a horrible film.
While I am a huge fan of Sylvester Stallone and still am… “Rocky” was the beginning for me. That was how I got into Sly’s movies ’cause of Rocky and Rambo. Hopefully, Netflix will make the Rambo movies streamable too.
I’m definitely looking forward to seeing, “Expendables 3” later this year, though.
Sly maybe done with the Rocky series but he never said anything about retiring the character for good! There’s a spinoff movie coming from the Rocky franchise. A film called, “Creed”, which will focus on the life of Apollo Creed’s grandson. MGM studios is setting Ryan Coogler to direct and Michael B. Jordan to play the grandson of Apollo. Sylvester Stallone is set to reprise his role as Rocky Balboa for the 7th time.
The story will be about Appolo’s grandson wanting to become a boxing champion much like his grandfather, Appolo, but he doesn’t have to and his family doesn’t want him to. So he goes for Rocky Balboa who is a retired boxer and becomes a mentor for Apollo’s grandson (Rocky will be his possible trainer too, I bet?).
Read the full story, here.
MGM studios must of gotten Sly’s written permission to make this movie since Sly fully owns the rights to the Rocky franchise. So Sly himself must be all for this film! I’m all for Sly playing Rocky one more time. He deserves another shot since, “Rocky Balboa”, the last Rocky film was kind of a disappointment and a let-down. “Rocky Balboa” was a good movie, don’t get me wrong but could have been a better film.
Sly has been talking about bringing Rambo back to the big screen for one last time!
I’m definitely looking forward to the “Creed” film and looking forward to seeing what they’re gonna do with it! I wonder if they’ll bring back Burt Young to play Paullie again as well?
“Rocky – The Musical” has been in the talks for years, and it’s finally happening with newly hired writers. Songwriters, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty have been hired to write, “Rocky – The Musical” along with novelist, Thomas Meehan. Just last April, the creators and producers held a private reading of the musical with the Rocky creator himself, Sylvester Stallone. While Sly himself will not star in the musical, he will still be a part of it by being an artistic partner and producer. Sly still owns the rights to the Rocky franchise.
Rocky the Musical will hit the theatre stage in Germany in 2012 and will arrive in Broadway in New York sometime in 2013.
More on the story, here.
I wish them the best of luck. It’s going to be hard to find an actor that can match Sly’s look and it’s going to be very challenging to imitate Sly’s speaking voice in the first, “Rocky”. Everyone tries to imitate Rocky’s speaking voice, but yeah, it’s very hard to do. In my opinion, Sly can’t be copied. I’m interested on who they’re going to hire to play Rocky Balboa for the musical. They’re obviously gonna go for a young actor.
I just wonder if they’re gonna have Frank Stallone cameo the musical. When they start singing, “Take You Back” (which is a song that Frank wrote for the movie), that’s when Frank would come out singing the song with the cast on stage. That would get the audience going.
Sly’s been talking about “Rocky – The Musical” for a long time and he’s actually making it happen.
Remember, the Rocky and Little Marie scene? This is going to be a hard scene to pull off for the play, again Sly’s speaking voice. I’ll be amazed if they can actually pull this musical off.