New poster for The Rock's Hercules:
Portugal theatrical poster for Jean-Claude Van Damme's Swelter
“Rocky is such a great character and I think it would be cool to see him again” he explained. “But more than anything I’ve always been interested in supporting characters. It might just be growing up and seeing people that look like me always relegated to the side, always playing support.”
The previously supporting characters who will take centre stage are Creed’s family, and Coolger went onto discuss why he loves the Apollo character so much and why he wants to tell this particular story…
“When I watch the first one now, I’m really fond of him. Obviously he was based on Muhammad Ali, and if you did a poll of everyone’s favourite athlete, Ali still wins. So he was based on this charismatic guy – outspoken and things – but also I think that Stallone when he wrote that script was playing with stereotypes a little bit… you’ve got this black dude who is successful as an athlete, he’s also very intelligent and a very smart character.
“Our film is basically about what happened to this dude’s family. Where is his family right now? I feel like if you look at that, it would be ‘What if Muhammad Ali had died in the ring and he was 40-years-old? What would happen to his family?’ That is kind of what the movie is.”
Coogler is currently working on the Creed script, so expect more news on this one as and when he is done, and look out for Fruitvale Station in UK screens this week."