There’s a good reason why there have been more films about boxing than there have been about any other sport. Well actually two good reasons. The first is that the story of one person pulling themselves up from the bottom and going it alone in the ring against a deadly opponent and their own demons is a perfect depiction of the old school American Dream. The second reason is the Rocky films – having an anthology of movies go your sport tends to keep you on top when it comes to sher numbers. So inevitably the Rocky franchise is fondly remembered for all of those things, and when we heard about Creed – the story of Apollo Creed’s son taking a similar journey – it was unsettling because Rocky is probably best left where it is as a fond memory. Fortunately the trailer for Creed that has just been released will set your kind at ease. On top of that it’s bund to get you excited. Check it out, courtesy of Screen Rant:
As you can see, the premise might be the same but this is an entirely different breed of boxing movie. Michael B Jordan stars as Adonis Jackson, and is reunited with writer/director Ryan Coogler who directed Jordan in the acclaimed Fruitvale Station. Creed is definitely in the same league as Fruitvale, with the Rocky movies serving purely as a foundation and point of orientation for Adonis’ story. Cool right? And Sly Stallone is along for the ride in a supporting role as Adonis’ mentor.
Even for a trailer alone, Creed clearly has some serious teeth, and will no doubt serve as a fitting release valve for Rocky fans and boxing movie fans alike.
I’d watch it, wouldn’t you? If so, you can catch it November 25th, 2015.
Let’s be honest, if you’re Dwyane “The Rock” Johnson – fake American wrestler turned real American sweetheart – your life is spectacularly insane at the best of times. You eat an insane amount of food, flex an insane amount of muscles, and you star in an insane amount of films. But when you start getting letters from legendary Hollywood directors praising your work out of the blue, that’s could be too much to handle, man.
The Wrap is reporting that Mr Johnson received a personal letter from none other than Steven Spielberg, and immediately lost a reasonable amount of his shit when the director complimented the actor on his work through the years.
Speaking to Esquire, Johnson said “It took me back to being just like a kid. I was so blown away.”
The letter went like this:
“Been enjoying your movies over the years. Very entertaining. I feel like I’ve really gotten to know you over the years, most recently after watching you host ‘Saturday Night Live.’ Great job. You continue to go for it. Proud of your work and look forward to meeting you.
I don’t know about you, but that would be too awesome to bear. The two have never worked together before, but this could be a strong indication that Spielberg will be bringing Johnson on board for something in the future. Maybe not his Cold War drama that he’s currently directing, but I could definitely see Johnson in The BFG.
It’s definitely worth checking out Instagram to see Johnson reading the letter and doing what I can only imagine is the closest he can get to giggling.
Johnson has just made serious waves with disaster movie Dan Andreas and is currently starring in HBO show Ballers. As for the future, who could say? Well, Spielberg could presumably.