His role in the first Creed movie may have earned him an Oscar nomination, but Sylvester Stallone has confirmed that the ride is over. He will not be returning to the role of Rocky Balboa for Creed III.
At the climax of Creed II he appeared to announce his retirement, saying his journey was over and telling Adonis Creed that it is:
“…your time now!”
During the press for Creed II he hinted that he may not return and that he considered the role of Rocky Balboas as done. Now he has confirmed it.
Fans will be glad to know that Sly has started writing a TV series based on Rocky Balboa, but it’s understandable he’ll unlikely involved in an on-camera capacity in that one.
Stallone hasn’t retired all of his characters though, he’s said to be involved in a sequel to 1993 actioner Demolition Man, in which he’d reprise his John Spartan, and is rumored to be shooting a fourth Expendables movie shortly.
The next installment will see star Michael B. Jordan directing his feature debut from a script by Keenan Coogler (Space Jam: A New Legacy) and Zach Baylin (King Richard). This is based on an outline created by original Creed director Ryan Coogler.
No plot details have been revealed yet, including whether any other characters from past Rocky movies could show up.
Charles Winkler, William Chartoff and David Winkler will produce.