Sylvester Stallone Narrates New 'Rocky' Documentary
Covering the entire four-decade-long franchise.
Film director and screenwriter Derek Wayne Johnson will soon be releasing a fresh documentary based on the legendary Rocky franchise, narrated by the boxing underdog himself, Sylvester Stallone.
Titled 40 Years of Rocky: The Birth of a Classic, the documentary will follow the entire franchise which was originally written by Stallone and now spans across eight films — including two Creed movies focusing on Apollo Creed’s son, Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan) — over four decades. The original Rocky was released back in 1976, when Stallone was still an up-and-coming actor and writer. Despite a budget of just $1 million USD, the film would go on to bring in a whopping $255 million USD and receive 10 Academy Award nominations, taking home three of those awards including Best Picture.
“The documentary is a golden nugget for ‘Rocky’ fans and casual audiences alike,” Johnson said. “It’s a charming piece of film history narrated by Rocky himself, Sylvester Stallone, and will give audiences an intimate, and at times, emotional experience. We’re proud of the film, and audiences can expect new stories and new footage that they’ve never seen before in a blend of director John Avildsen’s home movies, rehearsal footage, and behind-the-scenes footage from the making of the ultimate underdog film.”
40 Years of Rocky: The Birth of a Classic will premier on-demand June 9.
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