Sylvester Stallone had very publicly announced the retirement of the character last year, but in a recent interview with Variety, he’s revealed that a seventh film of the franchise is being developed.
The latest film is said to see Balboa take a young street fighter under his wing, who is living illegally in the US.
“Rocky meets a young, angry person who got stuck in this country when he comes to see his sister. He takes him into his life, and unbelievable adventures begin, and they wind up south of the border. It’s very, very timely.”
Creators are negotiating with Sylvester Stallone, hoping for him to write the script as well as star in it, with Stallone saying he’s played the character for so long he feels some resemblance between them both.
“It’s like my brother,” he says. “It’s the only voice that I can say what I want without being ridiculed, or being silly, or being precious or sentimental, because he is that way.
“Rocky can’t keep quiet. He just talks and talks and spills his guts. And as a writer, if you do that quite often, it looks as though you’re just lost in the world of exposition.
“But he’s actually saying something, and because of the way he speaks and his naiveté and gentle quality, you listen. Rocky can say things that my other characters can never say.”