Here it is folks, your first look at Creed.
Warner Bros. Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures have released the full synopsis for their upcoming Rocky spinoff Creed, which is filming in Philadelphia as I type. Directed by Ryan Coogler, the film is described as a continuation of the Rocky story, starring Sylvester Stallone reprising his role as Rocky and Michael B. Jordan, who plays the son of Rocky’s nemesis Apollo Creed. The synopsis reads as follows:
HughE Dillon was camped out in Green Eggs Café this morning taking photos of the cast and crew of the upcoming Rocky spinoff Creed. They were across the street filming scenes at The Victor Café in South Philly, which has been transformed into “Adrian’s” for the film. We shared some of those images from Instagram earlier, but now that HughE’s back from his escapades, he’s sent us a few others showing Stallone and cast mate Michael B. Jordan (who’s playing the grandson of Apollo Creed, Adonis Creed) in the midst of a chilly shooting sesh.
I gleaned a few nuggets of wisdom from Hughe’s experience:
- “It was very serious on set.”
- “If you look closely, Sly is wearing serious lifts in his shoes.”
- They are shooting at The Victor Café until tomorrow night.
- The crew evidently screamed at HughE when they saw him taking photos, but they couldn’t do anything about it, because “I was in a private cafe, eating lunch and it wasn’t in their budget to buy the whole thing out.”
Our own gentleman paparazzo HughE Dillon is in South Philly today on the set of the new Rocky spinoff Creed, which finds Rocky training the grandson of his foe Apollo Creed. The filming is taking place at Victor Cafe, which has been made over once again as Adrian’s, the restaurant that was featured in 2006’s Rocky Balboa.
Lancaster resident Peter Rowe and his friends got a big surprise when they decided to race up the famous “Rocky Steps” at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on Friday: Sylvester Stallone was standing at the top.
“Man, you guys are fast,” Stallone told Rowe, 22, and his friends. “You make me look bad.”
Rowe (far right in the above photo) graduated from Azusa Pacific University in December with a degree in international business management and a minor in Christian ministry, and the two other guys in the photo were college friends paying him a visit.
Rowe decided to show them the sights in Philadelphia, including the Art Museum. Well, make that the Art Museum steps, which Stallone famously ran up as Rocky. Rowe admits the trio didn’t actually make it inside the world class museum.
He says that soon after their chance encounter with the star, who is in town shooting Creed, the next film in the Rocky franchise, Stallone started walking back to his car. Seeing their chance, they asked if he would pose for a selfie with them.
“He told us, ‘OK guys… look tough!'” says Rowe.
We asked Rowe if he would send us the photo. Alas, he says he sold the rights to the Associated Press (where we wound up obtaining the photo, legally) for $100.
“But now I think I didn’t get enough, based on the way people were reacting,” he says.
(AP Photo/Peter Rowe)
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.
The success of Rocky isn’t just due to Sylvester Stallone.
Sure, he wrote the scripts and starred in the films — and the character’s enduring popularity was due to the sequels, most of which he directed. But the first film was helmed by John G. Avildsen, who won the Oscar for Best Director for his efforts. It was Avildsen’s skillful direction — and his selection of Bill Conti for the score — that set the tone for the character.
“We thought it was going to be the bottom half of a double bill in a drive-in in Arkansas,” Avildsen said earlier this week, in town for a screening of Rocky at the art museum. “We had no expectations for it.” All six Rocky Balboa movies have been released in a Blu-ray set for MGM’s 90th Anniversary. The original movie has been restored. “I see stuff I never saw in the original movie,” Avildsen said. “Snowflakes, and breath.” The set also includes 8mm “home movies” of Rocky that Avildsen shot while making the film.
I chatted with him while he was in town about the movie and its legacy.