New Rocky? Sylvester Stallone is working on a new movie about the boxing champion
Sylvester Stallone, whose Rocky series is engraved in the memories, has not left boxing on the big screen. Now, as a producer, he is working on a boxing movie that is likely to be talked about a lot.
He became a Hollywood star when Sylvester Stallone wrote the screenplay for a Philadelphia boxer: "Rocky." Stallone originally wrote "Rocky" as a metaphor for his own life.
Rocky was living in a run-down Hollywood apartment with his wife and dog when the idea came to him. According to an article published in the New York Times on November 28, 1976, Rocky wrote the entire screenplay in 3.5 days.
After a lengthy bargaining process, Stallone sold the script to producers Irwin Winkler and Robert Chartoff on the condition that he play the lead boxer Rocky Balboa. His only previous lead role was in the low-budget The Lords of Flatbush. The producers wanted to cast a higher profile actor like James Caan, Burt Reynolds or Ryan O'Neal.
Rocky's inspiration was a real-life fight between world heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali and Chuck Wepner, a little-known club fighter.
Wepner withstood 15 rounds against Ali in the March 1975 match in Cleveland, Ohio.
In the movie, Rocky Balboa is a Philadelphia club fighter who, with the help of his trainer Mickey (Burgess Meredith) and girlfriend Adrian (Talia Shire), pits world heavyweight champion Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers).
He trained six hours a day for five months for the role of Stallone.
Directed by John G. Avildsen and shot in 28 days on a $1 million budget, Rocky divided critics.
However, it became the hit of the year and made Stallone rich, who took 10 percent of the proceeds. The film was the first feature film to use the Steadicam, which was used for the fight scenes and the scenes where Rocky was running around Philadelphia during his training.
A NEW BOXING MOVIE IS COMING: GIANT
Movies "Rambo" and "Demolition Man" followed Rocky, but Sylvester Stallone remained committed to that boxing. He played Rocky in five sequels and two films in the "Creed" series. Although only behind the camera for now, he has rededicated himself to boxing. The new movie, which will be produced by Sylvester Stallone, will be called "Giant".
Giant is based on the real life story of British-Yemeni boxer Prince Naseem "Naz" Hamed.
The film will tell the story of the famous and colorful boxer Prince Naseem "Naz" Hamed, who was discovered by trainer Brendan Ingle and tumbled into the ring.
"In the '80s and '90s, when Islamophobia and racism were rampant in Britain, Naz's unconventional style, smug personality, and sheer dominance in the ring brought them to the pinnacle of boxing's elite and unprecedented global superstardom," Collider writes.
Eurosport, on the other hand, gives the following information in its article that includes the biography of the famous boxer:
"Naseem started boxing at Ingle's gym when he was 7 years old. He turned professional at the age of 18. At the age of 20, he was the European Cockweight Champion at the end of 12 matches. He worked hard, Naseem was always the first to come to the gym and the last to leave. Fitted the WBO and WBC featherweight titles. He was the best of his own weight. He was beaten only once. He wanted to be called "The Prince" because to him the king was one: Muhammad Ali. He speaks like Ali at press conferences, fights like Ali in the ring, and is like Ali in the ring While Naseem took Ali as an example, unlike many boxers, he did not remain a bad imitation of him. He developed his own style over time with both his boxing and shows."
GAME OF STONES STAR WILL ALSO PLAY
Paddy Considine, known for the Game of Thrones spinoff series "House of the Dragon", and Mena Massoud, who has starred in films such as "Aladdin" and "The Royal Treatment", will star together in "Giant". Considine made a remarkable performance as King Viserys on HBO's flagship House of the Dragon. In the film, Mena Massoud plays Hamed; Considine will play her coach. The project will be written and directed by Rowan Athale.