Rocky … Again?

Photo by Ferdaus Shamim/Getty Images

Photo by Ferdaus Shamim/Getty Images

At some point this month, you’ll no doubt be seeing paparazzi photos of Sylvester Stallone in and around Philadelphia. The mega-rich star is coming to town to shoot the newest movie in the once-thought-to-be-dead Rocky franchise: Creed. It’s about Apollo Creed’s grandson, Adonis, who wants to step into the ring to honor the legacy of Apollo (who died in Rocky IV); a reluctant Rocky eventually agrees to manage and train him.

I know you’re probably rolling your eyes right now. I did. I even imagined myself writing some ranting screed called “It’s Time to Let Rocky Die.” But I’ve changed my tune.

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M. Night Shyamalan in Town Shooting Low-Budget “Microfilm” Sundowning

Feb. 25: "Out in the cold with our production designer."

Feb. 25: “Out in the cold with our production designer.”

A few weeks ago we reported that M. Night Shyamalan will re-team with Bruce Willis for the locally set film Labor of Love, but before he starts on that, the Philly director has a “microfilm” to get out of the way first.

Shyamalan’s Twitter feed has been all abuzz with news about a small-budget flick he’s filming in town called Sundowning, which only has a cast and crew of 10. suggests that Bruce Willis and Denzel Washington may make an appearance in it, but that’s not confirmed.

He started tweeting about it on Feb. 14, which, if you’ll remember, was in the midst of Winter Storm Pax. Here’s what we know about it so far:

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M. Night Shyamalan and Bruce Willis to Re-Team for Philadelphia Project


Sixth Sense and Unbreakable duo M. Night Shyamalan and Bruce Willis are in talks re-team again for a project set in Philadelphia.

According to Deadline, the film, Labor of Love, will star Bruce Willis as a Philly book store owner whose wife dies in an accident. Later he worries that he was never able to express his love, so he sets out to walk across the country for her — from Philadelphia to Pacifica, Calif.

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Can a Philly Movie Studio Really Compete with Hollywood?

Jeffrey Rotwitt at Sun Center Studios in Chester, PA outside of Philadelphia.

He never admitted to anyone that it was a crazy idea, even though at first glance it was obviously crazy. He did keep a self-deprecating joke at the ready: He liked to say that the vision had come to him after he drank a bad vodka tonic. But once the joke was out of the way, he laid down the elements of the plan like bricks in the wall of some inevitable future. Read more »