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I know it is not on disc yet, however........


"Stallone, MGM to mount "Rocky" comeback


12 Dec 2002, 3:21pm ET


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LOS ANGELES, Dec 12 (Reuters) - The bell may be ready to

ring for round 6 in the long-running series of "Rocky" movies

that made Sylvester "Sly" Stallone a household name and

Hollywood star.


Film studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. (NYSE:MGM) has signed

Stallone to write a "Rocky IV" screenplay with an update to the

story of the scrappy Philadelphia boxer who rises from a club

fighter to champion of the world, gets knocked down, then rises

again, an MGM spokeswoman said on Thursday.


Details were sketchy because Stallone, who wrote and

directed 1976's original "Rocky," has just been hired, but the

idea is to avoid the big-budget style of Hollywood sequels and

return to the small, independent film feel of the original.


Early plans have Stallone, 56, portraying the fighter Rocky

Balboa, again. But this time, he is running a youth center when

he is lured out of retirement for one last fight.


The first "Rocky" was a labor of love for Stallone who, at

that time, had only been in bit parts in movies such as 1974's

"Lords of Flatbush." Not only did he write "Rocky," he directed

it and played Balboa.


"Rocky" was made for just over $1 million and raked in $220

million in worldwide ticket sales. It earned critical acclaim

and won the Oscar for best movie.


"Rocky II" followed in 1979, and in the subesequent years

MGM, Stallone and producers Irwin Winkler and Robert Chartoff

teamed up for more movies culminating in 1990's "Rocky V." All

the sequels grossed over $100 million in ticket sales, except

for the final one, which took in a disappointing $40 million.


The idea of making "Rocky VI" a low-budget production would

keep to MGM's two-pronged approach of producing sequels of

popular titles already in its 4,000-film library and staying

away from expensive productions that, if they flop, can hurt

the company's earnings.


It ran into such a budget-busting problem this past summer

with "Windtalkers," a $100 million-plus movie that looked good

on paper because it had a big-name star, Nicolas Cage, and

director, John Woo, but flopped at box offices.


MGM fared much better with the low-budget September film

"Barbershop," which was made for less than $15 million, but

snared roughly $75 million in domestic ticket sales."


Notice the Reuters writer mistakenly wrote Rocky IV instead of VI.

Should be an interesting project.
 

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Considering that Rocky V was supposed to be the "return to form" for the franchise and sucked all a**, I don't think anyone will take this very seriously...


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He also did not direct the first or last films. The where directed by the same guy John G. Avildsen. I don't think he will direct 6. Stallone will probably take over like he did in 2,3,4.
 

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This reminds me of Airplane II. We see Robert Hays run past a movie poster for Rocky XVIII that shows an old man wearing boxing gloves...I guess we're closing in on that sequel as well!:rolleyes:


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This will never happen. I've heard that there is no exec assigned to this project...and this is an exchange of favors between agents.
 

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I can't wait for Rambo 4, I want to see Rambo kick some terrorist bootie.
 

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Hey now,


I love every Rocky movie except part 5.


3 and 4 OWN.


They tried going back to the "roots" of Rocky in part 5 and it did not work.


I would go and see part 6....just like Rambo 4 :)

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I don't see any way this could work, except as a somber tale of disillusionment and failure in which an old man who refuses to give up gets beaten to death. And I've no desire to see such a pointlessly depressing movie.


Consider that Rocky Balboa was considered past his prime in the first film. Do we really need to see another comeback attempt by a 50-something brain-damaged fighter?


If you really need to see a film about a boxer at the end of his career, watch "Requiem for a Heavyweight."


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