A new one Creed spinoff is in development at MGM with the title Drago. Screenwriter Robert Lawton (Urge, Sex and sushi) is getting into the squared circle for the recently announced project, though the plot remains under wraps. According to reports, the film centers on Ivan Drago, the Russian boxer who defeated and killed Apollo Creed in the Rocky IV. Portrayed by Dolph Lundgren, Drago returned to Rocky franchise in 2018 for Creed IIcontributor Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone. IN Creed II, Ivan Drago trained his son, Viktor Drago (Florian Munteanu), in a fight against Rocky Balboa’s protégé Adonis Creed (Jordan). Jordan will soon reprise his role for Creed 3which he must participate in and direct.
Trained by some of Soviet Russia’s most determined coaches, Ivan Drago is an Olympic gold medalist turned boxer. His heart rate and punching power are constantly monitored by high-tech equipment during training sessions, and his training regime is inhumane. Drago rarely speaks throughout his appearance in Rocky IV, but every word is a death threat when he does it. Rocky was warned against entering the ring with Drago after the Russian wrecking ball hit Apollo so hard that he died from the impact of the giant’s mighty fists.
Lawton won a Nicholl Fellowship in 2021 for the spec script Becoming Rockywhich examines the genesis of the Stallones Rocky and how it launched an unforgettable franchise.
“I am incredibly humbled and grateful for this opportunity, and I approach it as a huge fan of the ‘Rocky’ franchise, who happens to be a screenwriter.” Lawton said in a statement Variety. It is unclear whether Lundgren or Florian Munteanu, who portrayed Viktor Drago, will reprise their roles in Creed spin off Drago.
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