A German ‘Rocky’ Musical Just Seems Like a Terrible Idea
Apparently, no one taught Sylvester Stallone how to quit while he’s ahead.
In 1976, a relatively unknown actor by the name of Sylvester Stallone wrote and starred in a boxing film about a underdog from Philadelphia who defied the odds to go 12 rounds against the far-superior reigning champion Apollo Creed. On this exact day 35 years ago, the dimwitted and resilient southpaw, Rocky Balboa, entered theaters for the first time. The film went on to win Best Picture at the Academy Awards in one of the biggest upsets in award show history. It also served as a slingshot for Stallone’s career.
Three and a half decades, six movies and over a billion dollars later the Rocky franchise continues to reinvent itself. Of course, by that I mean, Stallone has milked every last nickle out of Rocky and ruined the integrity of the first film in the process. Now, according to the Telegraph, it appears as though Stallone is taking the Italian Stallion’s gloves out of retirement yet again.
Sylvester Stallone has teamed up with heavyweight boxing legends Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko for what is billed as the world’s first musical version of Rocky.
Stallone said he had always envisaged creating a musical version of the 1976 Oscar-winning rags-to-riches story of Rocky Balboa, a down-at-heel amateur boxer who bravely fights the world champion in a bruising and bloody bout.
“I always had the idea of Rocky as a musical. At the end of the day, ‘Rocky’ is a love story and he could never have reached the final bell without Adrian,” Balboa’s girlfriend in the film, said Stallone.
“To see this story coming to life on a musical stage makes me proud. And it would make Rocky proud,” added Stallone.
Dear god, someone please stop this madness. I don’t understand why Stallone continues to embarrass himself like this. He makes decisions as though he’s a punch drunk boxer himself. How else can anyone explain being delusional enough to think “Rocky” always had musical potential — in Germany nonetheless?
I’d say someone needs to knock some sense into him. However, that would probably result in a book of “Rocky” haikus.