Although 2014 is just about over, Hollywood multi-hyphenate Sylvester Stallone is among those already looking to the future. Stallone revealed via Twitter that he has lined up his next three projects: He’ll begin production in Philadelphia on the Rocky spinoff Creed immediately, then shoot Rambo: Last Blood (confirming ComingSoon.net’s own title scoop from earlier this year) and follow both with the mobster biopic Scarpa.
Stallone will reprise his role as Rocky Balboa for Creed opposite Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station, Chronicle) and Tessa Thompson (Dear White People, When a Stranger Calls). The story follows Jordan as the grandson of Apollo Creed. The elder Creed, played by Carl Weathers, appeared in the first four Rocky films until a fight with Ivan Drago in Rocky IV led to his death in the ring. The new film will see Rocky stepping in as the younger Creed’s reluctant trainer.
It is believed (although not fully confirmed at this time) that Stallone will also direct Last Blood, which will serve as the fifth (and likely final) entry in the action franchise launched in 1982 with First Blood. In 2009, a rumored synopsis hit for a fifth film that made it seem like Stallone was planning to adapt James Byron Huggins’ novel “Hunter.” At this time, however, official plot details are unavailable.
Scarpa, finally, will follow the life of Gregory “The Grim Reaper” Scarpa, the chief enforcer for the Colombo crime family, who was also an FBI informant for over thirty years. Brad Furman (The Lincoln Lawyer, Runner Runner) is attached to direct with the script hailing from Nicholas Pileggi (Goodfellas, Casino).
Stallone’s original Tweets, which include a peek at his writing office, are posted below: