Stallone Making Rocky 7 After Rambo 5?

Published 6 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:27 pm,

rocky balboa Stallone Making Rocky 7 After Rambo 5?

Despite some rumblings here and there, here’s a little piece of news that I didn’t see actually becoming a reality. We already know Sylvester Stallone is well underway with his awesome looking The Expendables, and that he’s already got Rambo 5 in the pipeline. But that’s not all – apparently after that, Sly is going to give his most well known character another bout in the ring with another Rocky flick.

Stallone reportedly spoke to Tele 5 in Germany recently and since then, the quotes from that interview have made their way online and spread like wild fire (don’t they always?). The quotes are being sourced everywhere from Teen Say (special thanks to /Film for picking it up from them), where Stallone reveals his desire/intention to make Rocky 7. Here’s what he had to say:

“I know I’ll probably make a fool of myself if I make another ‘Rocky’ film after turning 60…. I also know there’s gonna be a lot of criticism. Even my wife says, ‘Don’t do it. You’re embarrassing the kids’. But I told her, ‘If I don’t try I’ll be a really unhappy man…. You have to do it. Artists like me have to go through the dark over and over again.”

“When I was 21 years old and at drama school. My teacher said to me, ‘If you ever put your head out there, thousands of people will try to cut it off, but that’s exactly what you need to do as an artist.’

“I know it’s ludicrous and everyone would laugh. I would laugh about it. But I also know that I’d be successful if I can make this a film about becoming older, not about boxing but about myself.”

I’m sure there will be much debate on whether Stallone should go ahead and make another Rocky film, and therefore I know I’m not alone on being on the side of the fence that thinks he should just leave the franchise be. I thought Rocky Balboa was suppose to be Rocky’s “one more time” film and that would be it. To me, Sly ended that franchise perfectly with Balboa, tying it up in such a way that to me, the idea of making another takes a lot of the weight out of the whole thing.

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With Rambo I can understand making another one, since there’s still a lot that can still be done with the character (I think if Stallone delivers more of the carnage he did in the latter half of Rambo last year, we’ll all be happy). But what else can he do with Rocky? It seems he’d just be retreading old water for no real reason other than milking the cash cow making it for the hell of it. Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure with the passion Sly has for the character, that a Rocky 7 would be be done well (if he strives for the quality of the last one). But to be honest, I’m a bit miffed as to what the point really is in making it. But that’s just me.

What are your thoughts on this: Should Stallone make Rocky 7? Or did he tie the franchise up perfectly with Rocky Balboa and he should just leave it at that?

Rocky 7 doesn’t have any official shooting or release date set yet, but presumably if it goes ahead it’d start shooting in late 2010/early 2011.

Sources: TeenSay and /Film

TAGS: Rambo 5, Rocky
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  1. As much as I’m opposed to over the hill actors playing “action” roles (Indy 4), I’m all for this one for several reasons

    - Stallone is in AMAZING shape. Do a search on YouTube on his recent workout videos. For someone in the mid 50′s, he’s in an insane shape. Growth Hormone really helped him out (he’s a big supporter of taking GH after a certain age)

    - Rocky 6 was a pretty good movie. It was a little depressing but none the less they did not go with the typical Hollywood route. They addressed his age in the movie and the storyline and worked their way around. I was scared that they would do the Hollywood thing where they put a bunch of make up on the old actor, bring in stunt doubles that ruin the action scenes because you see it’s someone else, etc.

    So yes, I’m on board and look forward to hearing the storyline for it.

  2. I don’t see the point either, there’s other roles he could redo instead.

    I’d prefer that he did a Tango & Cash sequel, with Kurt Russel and Teri Hatcher returning to their roles.

    Oh and it’d definitely need Harold Faltermeyer remixing his awesome original score.

  3. No more!! It ended quite sweetly and poignantly, especially with the alternate ending which I choose to imagine as cannon

    More Rambo though!!! How’s about going back to wipe out the Taliban he palyed goat soccer with in Rambo III? And that cute little kid sidekick has become a virulant Islamo Fascist- terrorist (I know completley improbable as Obama has said their are no Islamo Terrorists) and he has to fight the kid he helped train, sort of a (bearded) Islamo Loony Rambo Vs. Rambo. Youth, Beard and the promise of 15 Virgins in the afterlife Vs. Sly.

  4. Rocky 6 was Slys triumphant return to form after years of slumming it in mediocre flicks. Then came Rambo 4 which knocked everyones socks off and showed what an excellent action director he turned out to be.
    But another Rocky would be a mistake. He is just too old, and 6 seemed like the perfect end for the character.
    What I do want to see is Demolition Man 2!!!!!!!

  5. Lord Garth,
    What was the alternate ending?

  6. Well it looks like its at least running through his brain the idea of doing another Rocky film. I think we all thought him making Rocky Balboa was to bring his character full circle. Whats else can he possibly do now? The chatcter is old. I read years ago with the plot to make Rocky Balboa that he actually had Rocky dying at the end of it, and he had film infront of a test audience and it didnt go over very well. All he can do really is to make him pass away(hate to say it) and finally end it all. Even though id love to see him going toe to toe with someone with the fake power punches of 1-5. It really depends on what he has in his mind on what to do with Rocky.

  7. @M.K.,

    How do you know he never said it?

  8. I like the guts on Stallone. He doesn’t care what people think. If he wants to make the movie then he will. Rocky Balboa was not bad by any means.

  9. He trains James Franco (his new son) to be a new Rocky. I know it sounds like Rocky V but maybe he’s passing the torch.

  10. If Stallone wanted to make a sequel to Nighthawks, Demolition Man, Cobra or The Specialist I’d be fine with any of them. I don’t mind another Rambo. Better yet, how about more fare like the upcoming Expendables- where he plays a new character altogether, even if that character is on familiar ground?

    But I’m in agreement here with most of you. Rocky Balboa was a great film which had closure. It had themes of loss and themes of moving on. The arc of the Rocky character is complete. The character of Paulie is also complete. One of the best scenes in the film is when Rocky and Paulie are standing outside of an empty lot where the old ice rink used to be (in reality the location HAD been razed) and we not only feel the loss of Adrian, but also how the characters feel about it years after her passing. It’s a powerful moment, and a bit of remorse on Paulie’s side.

    The only thing I can possibly see- and this is out of left field, because it is a bit of a stretch- is that Rocky Balboa…becomes a ref (?) or sportscaster (??) as well as running the resturant–and there might be something along those lines. But again, character arcs are done. There also would not be a big fight to look forward to. There’s really nothing more to say, even though some commentary could be said overall about the state of boxing’s slow decline in gaining favor of MMA.

    But…we ended the series on such a high note.
    Those closing credits made it all the more sweet.

    Let’s not jam it up.

  11. Y’now what? I take it back. There *is* one way.

    Stallone writes and/or directs…. a remake and casts a new actor for Rocky. Only instead of boxing, it’s MMA.

    I know.
    I’m bad.

  12. In a previous comment that was flagged for reasons unknown (it didn’t violate any guidelines) In a nutshell, I suggested that there is no place to take the characters or the story, and that the last film ended on a high note with satisfactory closure.

  13. The way I see it is that Stallone is gonna do what he’s gonna do and that all us Rocky fans will go see another Rocky film just because we love the character. Personally, I think that Rocky Balboa was about Rocky proving to himself that he still had fight in him and deserved the respect of his fans (both real world and movie world). If Sly does go ahead with the idea of a 7th Rocky, I agree it would be a huge risk, but dude; watching an aged Rocky knock the tar out of a boxer half his age and possibly win? That would just be freakin awesome!

  14. It’s just a rumor. Sly never said this.

  15. I thought that Rocky Balboa was a GREAT way to finish the Rocky franchise and I feel it allowed Sly to make Rambo 4 AND to get The Expendables going. I really hope he would just leave Rocky alone and continue to create new characters OR make a sequel to Cliffhanger or one of his other good films. I love the Rocky character, but enough is enough already.

  16. I am fairly shure I’ve read that quote before, and he was talking about making rocky 6. So this is an old quote.
    I haven’t got anything to back this up, but I am almost sure this is an old quote.

  17. Gary

    Alternate ending on the blu-ray is Rocky wins by decision

  18. I am so excited to hear that Sly is thinking of doing another Rocky. I understand that he is 63, however, there are so many things he could do for the plot. For instance, how about Rocky becoming a manager like Micky. Opening up the old boxing place Micky had, finding a down on his luck guy who is just like Rocky. He trains him and takes him to the ring…??? Or, he could fall in love with Little Marie…the plots could be endless. If he writes the movie right, puts time and love into the movie line, it would be great and all the people out there who critize him would feel like a fool. Just like they did when they all heard Rocky Balboa was opening. That movie was great, almost as good as Rocky 1. Go Stallone.

    The Rocky character is the most inspirational character on the big screen. Anybody who likes the movies will tell you that his will for life and keep moving on lifts you out of a funk and gives you the strength to keep going. If you are reading these posts Sly, don’t let anybody stop you from doing another movie. It will be a hit. Please make another.

  19. Yeah! Bring back TANGO & CASH!!!!!!!!

  20. I loved Rocky 6. I thought it was a good end to the story. I also wonder what the point of making another one is but if it’s in his heart then he should make it. I just hope it’s as good as the last.

  21. I found no evidence that this quote was pre-Rocky 6.

    And I agree that he should just leave it alone – Rocky 6 was a perfect end to the series.


  22. I think 6 movies is enough for the “Rocky” franchise. I’d say do a sequel to Tango & Cash. I can’t wait for The Expendables!

  23. that would be amazing rocky vs a bear for all I care just make it I’ll watch it, those films are incredible I grew up to them

  24. NO SLY NO!

    i love rocky, have all 6 of em, love and still watch 1, 2 , 4, and 6.

    And 6 was the end, finito! Bravo and long live the ITALIAN STALLION!

    im perfectly content with that image with rocky in the snow. fist in the air.
    a legend that at times superceded real life lol. Didnt even know he was made up till i was like 13.

  25. OH!! unless

    ROCKY comes back as a clone some alien species formed after finding cells off his old gloves. actually off IVAN DRAGOS old gloves because
    1. there should be plenty a good sample and
    2. you know that bum disappeared one night under the regimes watch.

    they cloned him because some alien up and comer is said to be the best the UNIVERSE has ever seen.
    Rockys clone and alien fight it out in quadrant 4 for the title with rocky taking it in the end! GO……. U.S.A. lol

  26. Yes, Demolition Man 2, with Sly, Wesley Snipes, Sandra Bullock and Denis Leary.

  27. sure, why not? it’s just a movie.

    demolition man, yes. tango and cash, no..H*ll NO! IF THERE IS A G*D IN HEAVEN THERE WILL NEVER BE ANOTHER TANGO AND CASH!

  28. Rocky Balboa was one of the few Stallone movies that nobody could make fun of, and to make another Rocky movie after the classy way Rocky Balboa ended would spoil it considerably.

    We don’t need another Rocky movie, period.


    A sequel to Demolition Man would be interesting. But NO sequel to Tango and Cash, please!

  29. Demolition Man 2!!!!!

    Basic plot. Time travel, send the now adjusted to the future Sly back in time to the ravaged 90′s so he can face off with Simon Phoenix once again.

    Could be fun.

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