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Michael B. Jordan Gets His 'Eye Of The Tiger' Role In CREED!
Actor Michael B. Jordan has been the talk of the town since the highly underrated release of the 2012 found-footage sci-fi teen superhero drama, Chronicle. Highly regarded for his amazing on-screen presence in TV and film, Jordan's name has been tossed through the superhero movie hemisphere from rumors of a role as Johnny Storm in the upcoming reboot of Fantastic Four, to the somewhat-serious mention of a romantic pairing with Spider-Man as a new take on the character, M.J..
Surely enough, it is a bright and bold sign that Jordan's career has taken off in solid fashion, especially while off the heels of a stellar performance from the same actor/director duo for their multi-festival award winning film, Fruitvale Station, featuring Jordan's biographical portrayal of tragic events that led to the tragic police shooting of unarmed victim, Oscar Grant, back in 2009.
Today's reporting from Deadline states that the actor is set to star in a prestigious role for an upcoming MGM film following the highly successful Rocky film series. The film in question is titled Creed, with filmmaker Ryan Coogler tapped to direct, and partnered with actor Sylvester Stallone to return to the franchise once more since 2006 in Rocky Balboa.
According to Deadline, Jordan's character will tying into the first four films of the franchise as the grandson of the late film character Apollo Creed, who was originally played by actor Carl Weathers. The intended plot follows the young man as he grows up living a well-off life thanks to the success of his late grandfather. He also discovers he has a natural knack for boxing just as his grandfather, and, in search of a mentor, turns to none other than Rocky himself, the retired living who fought and trained with his father in and out of the ring until his death in Rocky 4.
Fan ranting away right now as this will be Stallone's seventh turn at the role in the hit film franchise that made Rocky a household name, coined the phrase, "Go For It!", made hits out of powerful music by artists including Bill Conti, 80's rock band Survivor, and John Cafferty, and turned the front steps of the Philadelphia Museum Of Art into a cinematic landmark. The story itself is so compelling just reading about it, given that this film will pair two characters from grew up on different sides of the economy, with potential themes that surround confronting past demons, identifying what makes a man great in the pursuit of his own unique dreams in the course of learning about himself and knowing himself, and the power of staying hungry. I predict that these are answers to questions Jordan's character will face when this film goes into production, and I can't wait to see what happens next.
Creed comes as Stallone is also setting up the Broadway musical production of "Rocky" for next Spring. Creed producer Kevin King will be joined by Irwin Winkler and Robert Chartoff, the original producers who also worked on the first Rocky film in 1976. Stallone is also set to fit a pair of boxing gloves opposite actor Robert DeNiro for their own boxing comedy/drama, Grudge Match, set to release this Christmas.
I think it's safe to say you know your movie sucks when you not only screw the rights holders whose name and content you base your unsanctioned film on, but when said rights holders join the chorus of critics panning your movie from literally every angle of the internet. That is the level of achievement you have reached if your name is George Nolfi and you've directed a film called Birth Of The Dragon, long hyped to be a hopefully legendary homage to Bruce Lee, the late founder of Jeet Kune Do and patriarch of American martial arts movie fandom.
Director Kim Jee-Woon's 2005 action drama, A Bittersweet Life, certainly lended one of the most brutal and memorable titles Korean cinema had to offer near the start of the millenium with actor Lee Byung-Hun front and center. Fast forward to present day where Twentieth Century Fox is poised to advance a remake effort with the promise of actor Michael B. Jordan leading the cast.
Jennifer Yuh, Nelson (Kung Fu Panda 2, Kung Fu Panda 3) is being tapped to direct the remake with the goal of steering it as potential franchise starter with Jordan playing a high-level mob enforcer who becomes romantically embroiled in a deadly cover-up with his boss's young mistress. 21 Laps's own Shawn Levy, Dan Levine and Dan Cohen are producing in association with CJ Entertainment with Jason Young overseeing for Fox.
Jordan is next slated to appear in the February 16, 2018 release of Creed helmer Ryan Coogler's Marvel adaptation, Black Panther, opposite lead star Chadwick Boseman. (Deadlin…
Normally when I screen an independently-produced film, I offer as much of a curve as I possibly can while reviewing. I'm a regular advocate of DIY filmmaking for creatives who have observed their own respective talents and strive to build themselves and bring good storytelling and equally fierce screenfighting to the fray in their projects. Some are zero-budgeted while others have some type of investment involved with a crew of enough experienced people to help bring the essential pieces together for a single movie. Conclusively, when it works, it works.
That said, I'm not going to go into the specifics regarding the development and history leading up to the production of a'Ali DeSouza's feature debut, Jackson Bolt, starring actor and decorated martial artist, Robert Parham. My knowledge on that end is nil. However, what I do know, pertaining to the latter statement of my introductory paragraph, is that while when a film works when all the right and functional pieces …