Recut Of ‘Rocky IV’ Hits Amazon Prime Video, Could Lead To Television Prequel Series
Director, writer and star Sylvester Stallone is looking to keep the “Rocky” train alive.
On Thursday, Stallone, who famously portrayed Rocky Balboa, unveiled his director cut version of “Rocky IV: Rocky vs. Drago” at the Philadelphia Film Center to a by-invitation audience. The recut reintroduces the 1985 film with never-before-seen footage; it has also inspired the Hollywood sensation to try his talents at creating a prequel television series.
“My gut feeling is that it’d work. It’d be something like American Graffiti. (Rocky) could meet the Apollo Creed who’s 18 years old and coming to town for the Golden Gloves,” Stallone said.
The thought was first announced in March during the height of the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic.
Stallone posted on Instagram a scan of a handwritten note, which he said was a “small portion” of how his creative writing process starts.
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“This may be the strangest posting yet. I started out this morning by writing a treatment for a Rocky prequel For streaming,” he wrote. “Ideally 10 episodes for a few seasons to really get to the heart of the Characters in there younger years – Here is a small portion of how my creative writing Process starts…Hope it happens – And then I needed to clear my head so I went fishing… Talk about extremes! Keep punching my friends.”
The idea returned Thursday in front of a whooping audience who attended the recut version’s private screening.
“Imagine a time machine that will simply transport us back to the origins of Rocky, a cinematic world brimming with characters that have been beloved by people around the world for nearly five decades!” Stallone’s treatment reads.
“Needless to say the 60s was a dynamic time,” Sylvester Stallone continued. “Yet among all this Social Seismic Activity, we drop in on the rather plain life of 17-year-old Robert ‘Rocky’ Balboa.”
“When we first met Rocky in 1976, he was a very lost soul… We now see this young man struggling like all young people trying to find their place.”
The recut of “Rocky IV” is available for purchase or rental on Amazon Prime Video. It’s an hour and 33 minutes long and already has a four-star rating.
It’s unclear how far in progress the potential prequel series has gotten.