From Rocky to Creed: The Legacy Continues is an exclusive presentation chronicling the 40-year story of the Rocky saga, Wednesday, November 18 at 8PM (ET/PT, 7CT) on EPIX. Back in 1976, Rocky famously paralleled Sylvester Stallone’s own true story of obscurity to success. This hour-long documentary tells the pugilistic love story from beginning to end directly through its creator, Stallone. Rocky told the gritty tale of a working class boxer who gets a once-in-a-lifetime chance to fight the heavyweight champion.
From Rocky to Creed captures Stallone and producers Irwin Winkler and the late Robert Chartoff sharing the franchise’s Cinderella story from the first film to the critically and commercially-successful sixth film, Rocky Balboa. (The Michael B. Jordan-starring Creed comes November 25.)
Actors Carl Weathers (Apollo Creed in Rocky I, II, III, IV) and Dolph Lundgren (Ivan Drago in Rocky IV) both speak about the physicality and preparations to play their characters and how they landed the roles of their lives; Milo Ventimiglia (Robert Balboa, Jr. in Rocky Balboa) discusses playing Rocky’s son; and Academy Award-winning director of photography and Steadicam inventor Garrett Brown (Rocky I, II) recounts the challenges attached to shooting the boxing sequences and how his invention captured the most memorable scene in the movie which, in Stallone’s words, led to “the shot of my life.”
The documentary also offers multi-generational fans an inside look at the new chapter in the Rocky story, Creed. The upcoming film is directed by award-winning filmmaker Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station) and stars Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station, Fantastic Four) as Adonis Johnson, the son of Apollo Creed; Stallone in his iconic role; Tessa Thompson (Selma, Dear White People) as Bianca, a local singer-songwriter who becomes involved with Adonis; Phylicia Rashad as Mary Anne Creed; and English pro boxer and former three-time ABA Heavyweight Champion Anthony Bellew as boxing champ “Pretty” Ricky Conlan.
From Rocky to Creed highlights the strong mentoring relationship between Stallone and Coogler, as well as the impact of the Creed character on our culture and the intense and inspirational preparations undertaken to deliver another new storyline for the enduring line of Rocky films.