“Rocky” is an iconic boxing franchise featuring Sylvester Stallone as the ultimate underdog Rocky Balboa. The production company is working on “Drago,” a spinoff of “Creed,” which is in turn a spinoff of “Rocky.” MGM is placing a hefty wager on the house of Drago.
Robert Lawton has been selected as the screenplay’s author. According to The Wrap, who broke the news of Lawton’s hiring, he was hired after impressing MGM officials with his spec script “Becoming Rocky,” which tells the story of how the original “Rocky” movie was made.
Despite the studio passing on his proposed movie, Lawton was hired to develop the narrative for Soviet boxer Ivan Drago, who faced Rocky in 1985’s “Rocky IV.” In the 2018 film “Creed II,” Viktor Drago, the son of his character, competed in the ring with Adonis Creed, a rival rival’s child. Although there had been rumors, MGM had never made an official announcement about its plans to produce a film about Drago. MGM chose not to respond.
It’s unknown if Lundgren or Florian Munteanu, who played Viktor Drago, would return for the spinoff of the spinoff plot. Details of the plot are being kept secret. Adonis and crew will make a comeback in “Creed III,” which is slated for release on November 23, 2022, before the Drago family narrative is adapted for the big screen.
In his first feature-length directing gig, Michael B. Jordan, who plays Adonis Creed, goes behind the camera. In the third “Creed” film, Munteanu, Tessa Thompson, Phylicia Rashad, and Jonathan Majors also appear. This is the first “Rocky” film without Stallone, at the very least, making an appearance. He continues to work on the film, nevertheless, as a producer.
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