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Chalk this up in the “wha—seriously?” column: the Rocky franchise is getting a spin-off film.  A spin-off film about Apollo Creed’s grandson.  A spin-off film about Apollo Creed’s grandson starring Michael B. Jordan, directed by Jordan’s Fruitvale Station director Ryan Coogler… and produced and co-starring Sylvester Stallone, who will once again reprise his role of underdog southpaw Rocky Balboa, despite saying goodbye to the character in 2006’s Rocky Balboa.

According to /Film, Coogler announced that Creed has long been his dream project; further, when Stallone was approached with the idea, he “loved it.”  And now, Stallone will return to the franchise to star and produce, and several “other people involved in the original films” will be coming with him.

As far as the plot goes, Creed will concern itself with the story of former heavyweight champion (and onetime Rocky rival turned best friend) Apollo Creed’s grandson, as played by Jordan.  The young Creed is an upper class rich kid living off his deceased grandfather’s wealth.  However, instead of wanting to live the spoiled life, he rebels against his parent’s wishes and requests that Rocky train him to be a boxer.

It all sounds like pretty boilerplate Rocky movie stuff, but hey, it can’t be worse than Rocky V, right?

What do you think of the Creed movie news?