Yesterday, Sylvester Stallone sent out what, at first glance, appeared to be a rather innocuous photo of his personal writing space, accompanied by the caption, "Where the screenwriting is done." Along with an assortment of knives, reading glasses and Rocky and Rambo action figures, lies what appears to be the final page of the script for his upcoming Rocky spin-off Creed. If this is, in fact, the last page of the script, there will be SPOILERS throughout the rest of this story for Creed, so read on at your own risk.
This script page reveals two intriguing details, one of which may not be quite so surprising, while the other is a bit of a bombshell. The story follows Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan), the grandson of Apollo Creed, played by Carl Weathers in Rocky and the first three sequels, who discovers he has the same natural instincts that made his grandfather a champion boxer. Against his family's wishes, Adonis pursues a career in the sweet science, with Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) coming aboard to mentor and train the young man. This script page appears to indicate that Adonis wins his big fight, since he is given a standing ovation by the crowd. However, you may recall that the fans were cheering for the underdog Rocky Balboa when he lost to Apollo Creed in the original Rocky, after the unheralded Philadelphia-based fighter went all 15 rounds with the undisputed champion. Regardless of the outcome, it's clear that Creed has won the fans' respect.
After the fight, it is also revealed that Rocky is starting his second round of chemotherapy, meaning, at some point along the way, the Italian Stallion was diagnosed with cancer. Of course, we have no idea what kind of cancer Rocky has been stricken with, or how long he has been living with the disease for when this spin-off's story begins. The final page also mentions a character named Bianca, who could be portrayed by Tessa Thompson, since she signed on to play the female lead earlier this month. There are also characters named Asir and Hassan, but nothing else is divulged about these roles.
The photo was posted yesterday afternoon, and it still hasn't been removed from Sylvester Stallone's Twitter account. It's possible that this is just a prank, or perhaps he didn't realize that the final page of this script was left open when the photo was taken. It's also worth noting that Sylvester Stallone may be taking a crack at writing the Creed script, since he mentions that this area is "where the screenwriting is done." Ryan Coogler is directing Creed from a script he co-wrote with Aaron Covington, but it's possible that Sylvester Stallone is providing a rewrite as well. What do you think about these revelations? Chime in with your thoughts below.