Even though he’s 73 years old, Sylvester Stallone isn’t quite finished with Rocky yet. The original movie, of course, made him a star when it was released in 1976, and it put him in rare company — before him, only Orson Welles and Charlie Chaplin had earned both writing and acting Oscar nominations for the same movie. And, at 43 years old, it is behind only the James Bond films as the longest-lived active franchise. Remarkably, Stallone has written all but one of the series’ movies, encompassing the six Rocky films and Creed spinoffs. And he isn’t done yet. Stallone is working on a Rocky VII script and, at the same time, developing a Rocky prequel TV series that’s currently being pitched to streaming services. And at a time when nearly every film depends on some kind of CGI, Stallone told us he’s incredibly proud that his Rocky films have succeeded on a foundation of little more than good writing, good directing, and good acting. (Click on the media bar below to hear Sylvester Stallone)
Any new Rocky projects won’t make it to the screen until at least 2020, but Stallone’s final film in another iconic series, Rambo: Last Blood, will hit theaters on September 20.