Who's ready for another round with the Italian Stallion? He may be getting a little long-in-the-tooth to square off in a boxing ring, but Sylvester Stallone has never stopped thinking about Rocky Balboa.
The impact the Rocky series has had on pop culture cannot be understated. It's a true underdog tale that transcends time and inspires viewers to get out there and take control of their lives. The last installment in the saga, Rocky Balboa, was released back in 2006, bringing the boxer's insatiable spirit to the big screen for a whole new generation of viewers. That flick saw the geriatric boxer reunited with Apollo Creed's former trainer, Duke, in a quixotic effort to build strength for one final bout. Despite the far-fetched premise, the film actually worked thanks in large part to the enduring charisma of the franchise's buff leading man. At 60 years old, many assumed this would be Stallone's last bout in the series, but he's apparently still finding ways to keep his career-defining role present in the public eye.
More recently, Stallone portrayed a retired, aging Rocky for both Creed films as a mentor to Michael B. Jordan's Adonis Creed. Following the premiere of Creed 2, Stallone implied he was stepping away from the role that made him a household name in a heartfelt Instagram post though he might go back on his word.
“As I step back, cause my story has been told, there’s a whole new world that’s gonna be opening up for the audience, for this generation.”
Even at 74 years of age, the acting legend has made it known that he isn't quite ready to close the door on playing the iconic fighter. Whether or not another Rocky-centric story will come to fruition remains up in the air, but the Rambo actor did share a piece of exciting news for fans of the original films.
While a new Rocky movie would be the best possible news for fans of the series, a new cut of a classic entry is pretty much the next best thing.
Sylvester Stallone inadvertently announced a Rocky 4 director's cut via Instagram on June 29, 2020, after first mentioning it in a post dedicated to the release of Rambo: Last Blood's extended cut. A commenter asked him if there was a chance for Rocky Balboa to get a similar treatment, but Stallone said it wasn't in the works.
However, in quashing the potential for an extended cut of the final Rocky film, he also spilled the beans on the recut he was working on to commemorate the fourth Rocky movie's 35th anniversary. Some fans might be nervous about any attempt to tamper with the cinematic perfection that is Rocky 4, but in the words of Stallone, the cut so far looks "amazing." We'll take the Stallion at his word. Keep watching the video because Sylvester Stallone just dropped some epic Rocky news!
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