Rocky (franchise)

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Created bySylvester Stallone
Original workRocky (1976)
Theatrical presentations
Musical(s)Rocky the Musical (2012)
Character(s)List of characters

Rocky is an American sports drama multimedia franchise created by Sylvester Stallone, based on the life of Chuck Wepner, which began with the eponymous 1976 film and has since become a cultural phenomenon, centered on the boxing careers of Rocky Balboa, his rival Ivan Drago, and protégé Donnie Creed. The franchise has been expanded into various films and, with a total worldwide gross of $1.7 billion, is one of the highest-grossing media franchises.

The original film (Rocky) was written by Stallone and directed by John G. Avildsen, and was followed by the sequels Rocky II (1979), Rocky III (1982), Rocky IV (1985), Rocky V (1990), and Rocky Balboa (2006). Stallone wrote and directed four of the five sequels, with Avildsen returning to direct Rocky V. All six films were distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.[1] A spin-off and sequel film series Creed followed the sixth film, with the films Creed (2015), Creed II (2018), and Creed III (2023). The series stars Michael B. Jordan as boxer Donnie Creed and Stallone as his trainer. The Creed films were directed by Ryan Coogler, Steven Caple Jr., and Jordan respectively.

The franchise will continue with a fourth Creed film, while a Drago film, a seventh Rocky film, a prequel television series, an Amara Creed centered television series, and various other spin-offs are in active development.

Rocky, Rocky III, and Creed were nominated for Academy Awards, with the first winning Best Picture, Best Director for Avildsen, and Best Film Editing, and is considered one of the greatest sports films of all time. Stallone was nominated for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor for his performance in the first film and Creed, respectively. Rocky has influenced landmarks and popular culture; the entrance to the Philadelphia Museum of Art have become known as the Rocky Steps while phrases like "Yo Adrian!" and "If he dies, he dies" have become part of lexicon or widely memed. Balboa is also considered one of the most iconic fictional characters, and the franchise is closely linked with its successful theme songs, including "Gonna Fly Now", "Eye of the Tiger", and "Burning Heart".

  1. ^ "STALLONE SAYS ROCKY MAY RIDE AGAIN WITH TALK OF A SEQUEL AND PREQUEL". July 23, 2019. Retrieved July 23, 2019.

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