"Fruitvale Station" director Ryan Coogler and star Michael B. Jordanasre apparently ready to team up again on a "Rocky" spinoff that focuses on Apollo Creed's grandson.

No ... actually I didn't hit my head. What does that have to do with anything?

MGM has hired Oakland filmmaker Coogler to direct and cowrite "Creed," according to Deadline Hollywood. And the studio has zeroed in on Jordan to play the title character.

All of which means that Sylvester Stallone will -- for the 109th time -- play Rocky Balboa, now as a retired fighter-turned-trainer.

Coogler has reportedly said "Creed" is a dream project. He got together with Stallone, ho has never met a film franchise he hasn't wanted to beat to death. According to Deadline Hollywood, the pair approached MGM, which loved the idea.

UNITED ARTISTSCarl Weathers starred as Apollo Creed in the early "Rocky" movies
UNITED ARTISTS Carl Weathers starred as Apollo Creed in the early "Rocky" movies ( ua )

Jordan would play the grandson of former heavyweight champ Apollo Creed (played in the early movies by Carl Weathers). Raised with wealth, thanks to the money earned by grandpa Creed, he doesn't have to box, and his family doesn't want him to.

But it sounds like a certain young man has the eye of the tiger ... .

Of course, the young man needs a mentor and turns to Rocky Balboa, the underdog who took his grandfather's title in 1979's "Rocky II." Later Rocky and Creed became friends and trained together and danced in the ocean and whatnot. Weathers' character returned to the ring in "Rocky IV," where he was killed by a giant Russian fighter played by Dolph Lundgren. Rocky later beat up the Russian guy and stopped the Cold War.


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