Sly Stallone to Star in Sixth Rocky Movie
The sixth installment of the Rocky movie series is set to begin filming next year, starring a then-60-year-old Sly Stallone.
Yo Adrian! Rocky is planning another comeback. Fifteen years after starring in “Rocky V,” Sylvester Stallone is reprising his role as the boxing champ in the sixth “Rocky” movie, publicist Michelle Bega said Monday. The 59-year-old actor will write and direct “Rocky Balboa,” which will begin shooting in Philadelphia and Las Vegas next year.
Stallone told the Daily Variety trade magazine the movie will focus on an aging, widowed Rocky who is reluctant to get back in the ring but ends up doing it “just to compete, not to win.” “I am drawing on a lot of my feelings that are in sync with many people’s feelings about facing the last chapter of their lives and how they want it to be written,” Stallone said.
Stallone wrote all the “Rocky” films and directed the second, third and fourth entries. The first movie, released in 1976, won three Oscars, including best picture and best director for John G. Avildsen.
Actually, this could be an interesting film.
I enjoyed all of the Rocky films, with the notable exception of “Rocky V.” Because the later movies were rather formulaic and included such theatric notables as Mr. T and Hulk Hogan, most people forget how good the original was. But even the sequels focused mostly on character, with boxing as merely a driving force to explore the characters’ struggles.