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'Fruitvale Station' duo in talks to join Sylvester Stallone for Apollo Creed movie

Ryan Coogler, the promising young director of Fruitvale Station, is planning to re-team with his film’s leading man, Michael B. Jordan, for his next film. But it won’t be another harrowing social commentary about race in America that relies on the festival circuit for its buzz.

As Deadline initially reported, the duo are in talks to join Sylvester Stallone in a clever extension of the Rocky Balboa franchise for MGM. Titled Creed, the movie centers on the wealthy grandson of Apollo Creed, the heavyweight champion of the world who first battled Balboa, then became his trainer, and later was killed in the ring by Soviet boxing robot Ivan Drago. Jordan would play the late champ’s grandson, who, despite his privileged background, is lured into the fight game and turns to Balboa for guidance.

“It is incredible that Rocky’s journey had come to a fulfilling end,” said Stallone, in a statement. “What is even more incredible is that it is going to continue thanks to MGM and a brilliant vision from a talented new director.”

The last Rocky movie, 2006’s Rocky Balboa — the sixth in the series — earned more than $70 million at the box office.

'Dark Knight Rises' TV spot: Getting strong now?

Fans of Batman are always digging though the Dark Knight’s comic book archives when trying to predict where Christopher and Jonathan Nolan are going to take their hero next. But as The Dark Knight Rises comes more into focus following the release of a third TV spot, it’s becoming clear they might be taking their cues from an entirely different source: the Rocky franchise.

I’m kidding, of course, but there are a few odd parallels between what’s been teased in the trio of recent clips and Rocky III and Rocky IV  — at least if you really want there to be. Most obviously, Bane is an amalgam of Clubber Lang and Ivan Drago, a brutally violent drug-enhanced freak. Like Rocky Balboa, Batman and Bruce Wayne are now enjoying the fruits of their labors and perhaps they’ve grown a little soft. Then, suddenly, Bane strikes, putting Commissioner Gordon in the hospital — read: Mickey’s death — and shaking Batman’s confidence. He’s got to get his mojo back to defend his honor and Gotham, but can he be that hero again? “You’re not Batman anymore,” whines Alfred, in the most recent TV spot. Ouch. That’s almost as harsh as Adrian shouting at Rocky from the top of the stairs in Rocky IV, “You can’t win!” Watch for more clues below. READ FULL STORY

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