One of Hollywood''s most popular films,...Rocky IV, is now available. Just a few weeks after the release of a brand new directors cut of the film in theaters and on a home video, one of the stars of Rocky IV says there is discussion of removing one of the franchises'' key characters into his own movie. I knowtheRocky films are all about going the distance, but this is really extreme.
Ivan Drago, the brutal Russian boxer who isRocky Balboas opponent in the film, became the breakthrough partner for Dolph Lundgren, who had previously been a chemical engineer and model before becoming an acting artist. Even before the Rocky IVdirectors cut, Lundgren reinstated his role of Drago in 2018sCreed II, where Drago''s son fought Michael B. Jordans Adonis Creed to end an old family score.
I thought it was a good moment. It was also a fan moment. I thought it worked... But the director [Steven Caple Jr.] and MGM felt that it was extraneous and that it didn''t add anything. By the way, I think theres some discussion about doing a whole spinoff on Drago. So you may get more of that.
Frankly, the onlyDrago sequel I need is a remake of the legendary novelDrago: On Mountains We Stand, an unauthorized Rocky IV sequelby mysterious novelist Todd Noy. Several years ago, the book''s history and his quest for Noy were covered in a very engaging podcast calledFinding Drago, which you should definitely listen to.
Im not sure how likely the chances of a Drago spinoff in 2021 are, but you may for sure see thedirectors cut of Rocky IV,Rocky, and Drago. It''s certainly an interesting contrast to the theatrical version. It''s now available on digital.