[UPDATE: CHUD readers have debunked this story. Apparently, there’s been some mistranslation and Stallone was speaking in the past tense, referring to the last Rocky film and not any plans for more. This confusion seems to have affected every single possible English language source that I had researched.]

[UPDATE 2: Stallone’s publicist (via AICN) has debunked this story definitively. Original story follows.]

After Sylvester Stallone wraps his fifth Rambo, apparently a curious creature feature and now officially given the go ahead to start shooting in the spring, it looks like Stallone is looking to once again revive his other iconic turn/cash cow. It seemed like a minor miracle to me that Rocky 6 was so well received and so going for a seventh roll of the dice seems at first like a gamble too far, but Stallone’s feeling quite philosophical:

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.

Do you know what, I think he’s right, actually. Rock on Rocky 7.

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MGM Wants More Rocky Sequels?

Rocky Balboa

During a presentation at the Cannes Film Festival, MGM chairperson Mary Parent mentioned that the company is toying around with the possibility of making more Rocky films. Parent’s big buzzword of the presentation was “franchise”. And she believes Rocky Balboa might have some more fight in him before he calls it quits for good.

Why? Why! WHY!?! Doesn’t MGM understand that Rocky Balboa was the perfect conclusion to the series? Usually I’m more than willing to give a heartfelt sequel a chance, but the idea is just ridiculous. Hopefully Sylvester Stallone won’t be baited by a cash grab. On the other hand I wouldn’t be against a Rocky spin-off starring Rocky’s son Robert Jr. (played in Rocky Balboa by Heroes star Milo Ventimiglia). But even then I’m not sure what they would hope to accomplish.

indiewire via moviehole