Oct. 15, 2005
'Rocky' back for a sixth round By Borys Kit
Sylvester Stallone is signing on to reprise his role as boxer Rocky Balboa, and will direct the sixth installment of the long-running film series, titled simply "Rocky Balboa," from his own script.
The film will be co-produced and co-financed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Columbia Pictures and Revolution Studios and will be distributed by Columbia Pictures.
Stallone has been trying to make a sixth movie for years and has spent time reworking a script. The latest version, which sources said is similar to tone and grit to the first two movies, persuaded the studios to negotiate a deal.
"In many ways, the screenplay really took me back to the original 'Rocky,' " Revolution Studios founder Joe Roth said in a statement. "As a past champion, Rocky Balboa is once again a regular guy who has to find himself and deal with real life. This film brings Rocky's story full circle."