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‘Fruitvale Station’ Team Eyeing ‘Rocky’ Spin-Off ‘Creed’ With MGM

Ryan Coogler would direct and Michael B. Jordan is in talks to star

After over-performing at the box office in the past two weekends and receiving stellar reviews since its premiere at Sundance, “Fruitvale Station” director Ryan Coogler and actor Michael B. Jordan may now be looking to move into the boxing ring for their next project.

MGM has set Coogler to direct, and is in early talks with Jordan to star in, “Creed,” the latest installment in the “Rocky” franchise that would focus on Apollo Creed’s grandson.

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Sylvester Stallone is on board to reprise his role as Rocky Balboa, with Coogler penning the script along with Aaron Covington. Deadline Hollywood broke the news.

The story would follow Creed’s grandson, who has grown up reaping the spoils of all his grandfather’s winnings and is forbidden by his family to enter the world of boxing. Against his family’s wishes, he is drawn to boxing and seeks out Balboa to teach him how to fight and follow in his grandfather’s footsteps.

Irwin Winkler and Robert Chartoff, who produced the original film, will produce with Stallone and Kevin King.

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Both Jordan and Coogler have taken their time in finding their next project since “Fruitvale Station” bowed to high praise at Sundance. Coogler is repped by WME and Jordan is repped by WME, the Schiff Co. and Lawyer Gregory Slewett.

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