‘I Play Rocky’ Diving into Sylvester Stallone’s Life Before the Iconic Film

Rocky III Sylvester Stallone, 1982
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Director Peter Farrelly is taking fans of Rocky and Sylvester Stallone on a new journey. A new film called I Play Rocky will follow Stallone before he gets his big break in Rocky. Stallone wrote the script for the famous film and was repeatedly turned away because he would only sell it to a movie studio if he got to play the lead. At the time, he was a struggling actor and turned down huge offers of cash in order to follow his dreams of playing the lead role.

Eventually, he was able to convince a studio to purchase the rights to the script and cast him as the lead in the film turned beloved franchise. Things worked out well for Stallone because the film was the biggest box office hit of 1976 and won Best Picture at the Academy Awards. It secured him as a star in Hollywood and filmmaker Farrelly hopes to show fans the rags to riches story. No word yet on the casting for the film but it will reportedly launch at Cannes Film Festival.

Rocky Sylvester Stallone, 1976

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Toby Emmerich, the former Warner Bros. film chief and Christian Baha will produce the film. He shared, “I’ve been a fan of Peter Farrelly as both a filmmaker and a person since getting to work with him on the music for ‘Dumb and Dumber.’ But it was ‘Green Book’ that made me think of Pete for this inspiring screenplay. Christian Baha and I feel blessed to have Pete at the helm for this movie. And like the unknown Stallone starring in ‘Rocky,’ Pete will be conducting a worldwide search to discover another actor who just needs one shot — in ‘I Play Rocky’ — to show the world what he can do.”

Rocky Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, 1976

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Baha added, “When I first read Peter Gamble’s energetic and poignant script, I knew it captured something very special. The story of ‘I Play Rocky’ is as unique as Sylvester Stallone himself, a seeming Everyman with an undeniable gift who needs to share it with the world and refuses to take “no” for an answer. And like the hero of our film, Baha Productions needed grit and determination as we fought for years to make this project into a reality. We are so fortunate to have teamed up with Toby Emmerich and Peter Farrelly, two legendary talents who not only share but enhance our vision of the film.”

Stay tuned for more about this upcoming movie!

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September 2019

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