Earlier this week it was reported by Deadline, that Sylvester Stallone was currently in the process of writing the script for Creed 2. With filmmaker Ryan Coogler, who made the first installment now being preoccupied finishing up his Marvel Film Black Panther, which won’t hit theaters until February 2018. It’s makes a ton of sense as to why someone like Sylvester Stallone would want to go ahead and write the script for the sequel instead of waiting for Coogler. But is that necessarily a good idea for the franchise? I loved the movie #Creed, and was excited to hear they wanted to do a sequel. I know the Rocky universe is and will always be Sylvester Stallone’s baby, but I believe the smartest move would be to wait for Coogler to write the script, and here is why.
Stallone's Past Writings
Let’s look back at the past ten years and look at the films that Stallone has written. He is responsible for The Expendables 1, 2, and 3, Homefront, and Rambo. Out of all those films his best work was The Expendables 2 with a 66% on Rotten Tomatoes, and his lowest being The Expendables 3 with a 32%, giving him about an average score of a 49%. Now The Expendables franchise consists of great movies to watch, especially when I want to turn my brain off, but this is different when you’re writing a boxing-character driven story. I know some people will remind me that Sylvester Stallone did write all the Rocky movies, with the first one winning an Academy Award for Best Picture, and I love every single one of them (except for Rocky V). If Stallone came out and said he was writing another Rocky movie, I would be ecstatic and the first one in line to see it. I would trust him to write a great script, because who else knows the character of Rocky Balboa better than Stallone himself? But here’s where my next point comes in, he knows the character of Rocky Balboa. He doesn’t know the character of Adonis Creed because he didn’t write him, and at one point didn’t want him because he didn’t want to do a Creed film.
Ryan Coogler Knows Adonis Creed
Ryan Coogler was a huge fan of the Rocky franchise growing up, so much that it eventually led him to develop the character of Adonis Creed. In case you didn’t know, Coogler previously pitched the story of Creed to Stallone and was turned away. In Stallone's defense, Cooglar had very little experience at the time and it wasn’t until his critically-acclaimed film, Fruitvale Station, was released that heads started to turn, including Stallone’s himself. Creed was a project that Coogler had in mind since he was literally in film school. To have that many years of developing this character, writing him, understanding where he comes from, and why grew up wanting to be a boxer like his dad is a job I only trust Coogler to do. Not to say Stallone couldn’t knock it out of the park, because he could. But what truly made Creed a fantastic film to watch wasn’t the great boxing choreography, it was understanding and relating to the character of Adonis Creed. You felt the pain he was carrying with him because of his past, you understood why he didn’t want to live in the shadow of his dad Apollo Creed, and the burden that he had to carry because of that last name. Plain and simple, Ryan Coogler knows everything there is to know about Adonis Creed, and where his path is going to lead him next. If you want to do this right and give us the best possible sequel to Creed, then Coogler needs to be involved in the script writing process.
Whoever does write the script I just hope they do it justice and give us a great sequel that we can all love and enjoy. Because all we want to see is a great movie, and if they’re able to do that the studio might have another Rocky franchise on their hands. If Stallone is indeed going to go through with the script that he is currently writing, I just hope he reached out to Coogler to get some advice on the character of Adonis. Sylvester Stallone has proven he can write amazing sequels like Rocky II and Rocky Balboa (which are my favorites of the franchise), and I don’t see why he can’t do that again with Creed 2. In my opinion, I just think it would be wiser to go with the guy who wrote this new character in the Rocky universe because he knows everything about him. But I’m going to stay optimistic and hope that Stallone knocks it out of the park and gives us the Creed sequel that we deserve!