Rocky IV star Dolph Lundgren says a full Ivan Drago spin-off could be in the works after his last appearance on Creed II in 2018.
During an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the 64-year-old Swedish actor and martial artist announced that we could finally get another fight between us Rocky and Drago.
“I think there is some discussion going on with MGM doing a complete spin-off from Drago,” he said. “So you can get more of it.”
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Creed II played Michael B. Jordan as Adonis Creed, with Sylvester Stallone again playing the young boxer’s mentor as former heavyweight champion and trainer Rocky Balboa.
This time around, Adonis competes against the son of Ivan Drago – the former Russian champion, Rocky’s archenemy, and the man who knocked out Adonis’ father during an exhibition game.
With Rocky and Drago in the film, the fans naturally hoped for a rematch. But while a brief fight was being filmed, it ultimately ended up on the cutting room floor. “I thought it was a good moment,” said Lundgren. “It was also a fan moment. It was a quick little fight and I thought it worked. But the director and MGM thought it was superfluous and didn’t add anything. “
Although the fight is ultimately interrupted, it looks like Ivan Drago may still get his rematch after all. But while Lundgren insists that an Ivan Drago project is in the works, nothing has been officially announced. Additionally, Stallone says he officially retired his Rocky character in 2018.
Lundgren recently appeared in the Rocky IV Director’s Cut, Rocky vs. Drago – The ultimate Director’s Cut which Added 40 minutes of never-before-seen footage.
“When I played the character, I did a backstory about how he was raised by the state and how they controlled him. He didn’t have much to say, ”he explained. “He wasn’t really a bad person; he was just a product of the system. He is Frankenstein’s monster. He’s not Dr. Frankenstein; that was the Soviet Union. So I always played that, and some of it came up in ’85. Sly and I are friends, but now he probably wanted to show the other side of the character. So, I’m sure I’ll enjoy it. “
Ryan Leston is an entertainment writer and film critic for IGN. You can follow him Twitter.