Deadline reports that the previously-announced Rocky spin-off fixing on Russian boxer Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren) and son Viktor Drago (lorian Munteanu) is still part of Amazon and MGM’s future plans.
When the project was first announced last year, an online kerfuffle erupted between Rocky IV and Creed 2 co-stars and friends Lundgren and Sylvester Stallone, latter annoyed the Swedish actor had not made contact to word him up on the potential project. The Johnny Mnemonic actor responded to Stallone’s vent claiming he was under the impression that Sly was not only aware of the project but involved it. Lundgren further stressed that there was no script and no deal in place yet.
After that, talk went quiet on the project – Lundgren seemingly opting out of the spin-off out of loyalty for Stallone.
This week, Michael B.Jordan, Amazon Prime and MGM announced that a slate of films set in the world of the ‘Creed’ films – which has been dubbed ‘The Creedverse’ – was in the works. Among the projects, series and films surprising (an animated Creed series) and not so surprising (a spin-off featuring on Adonis Creed’s young on-screen daughter).
Deadline, who had the scoop, also touched on the Drago project :
As previously announced, there has been a Drago spinoff movie in the works at MGM, written by Robert Lawton. That film would center on Rocky Balboa’s foe, Russian boxer Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren), and his son Viktor Drago (Florian Munteanu), who was introduced as Creed’s adversary in Creed II. There had been some chatter that the Drago offshoot could lend itself to a series but, according to sources, the intention remains to keep it as a movie. So far, a script has been commissioned, but it is unclear whether it would get made.
Jordan had mentioned building a universe around the Creed series of films was on the docket. No surprise, through three movies, the Creed franchise is approaching the half-billion-dollar mark at the global box office.