Pretty Much Pop #149: Rocky and Creed

It’s our most successful sports film franchise ever, starting with the Best Picture winning, highest grossing film from 1976, continuing through 1990’s Rocky V and 2006’s Rocky Balboa under Sylvester Stallone’s leadership, which in fits and starts then shifted to a new generation of filmmakers for three films focusing on the son of Apollo Creed, the antagonist from the first film.

Mark, Al, Sarahlyn, and Lawrence talk about the ups and downs of this journey with a special focus on the newest film, Creed III, directed by its star Michael B. Jordan. How can such an apparently simple formula stay fresh? Is there any rationale for a larger Rocky-verse?

For various articles about things going on in the franchise, check out Sarahlyn mentions the NPR podcast The Statue.

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