Michael B. Jordan is in early talks to play the grandson of Apollo Creed, portrayed by Carl Weathers in the first four Rocky movies, with Sylvester Stallone reprising his role as Rocky Balboa for the seventh time.
The story follows the grandson, who was raised in the lap of luxury but still possesses a natural instinct for boxing, even though both he and his family do not want him to pursue a career in the sweet science. Rocky Balboa, who is now a fight trainer, steps in to mentor the young man.
Ryan Coogler will direct from a screenplay he is co-writing with Aaron Covington, that will also delve through the mythology of Rocky, Rocky II, and Rocky III. Sylvester Stallone is also producing alongside Robert Chartoff, Irwin Winkler, and Kevin King. It isn't clear when production will begin.