Rocky Balboa actor Sylvester Stallone releases a new poster for Rocky vs. Drago- The Ultimate Director’s Cut but says it isn’t the final artwork.
Sylvester Stallone has revealed a new poster for Rocky IV’s upcoming director’s cut. Rocky is by far one of Stallone’s most popular characters to date, and the franchise was still getting started when Rocky IV came out in 1985. Even with Stallone writing and directing several of the sequels, not all of them were as well-received as the original, which won three Oscars in 1977. However, the fourth film is considered to be one of the stronger sequels, partly because of the feud between Rocky Balboa and Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren).
Drago’s story was strong enough to continue in Creed II when Adonis Johnson went up against Drago’s son Viktor, but Stallone announced last July that he was working on a director’s cut of Rocky IV. The director’s cut, officially titled Rocky vs. Drago- The Ultimate Director’s Cut, is said to eliminate some of the film’s sillier moments, such as Paulie’s robot, while adding back in deleted scenes, including additional footage of Apollo’s fight with Drago. Throughout the past year, Stallone has kept fans updated on his editing process and is even releasing a behind-the-scenes documentary about the project.
Stallone recently took to Instagram to share a new poster for Rocky vs. Drago. The actor/director explained that this is not the final artwork and that the movie will first premiere in Philadelphia.
Aside from Rocky vs. Drago, the Rocky franchise is still continuing, just without Stallone. Stallone had a key role in Creed and Creed II, starring Michael B. Jordon, but the latter effectively wrapped up Rocky’s storyline, reuniting him with his son and grandson. Despite Rocky not returning for Creed III, the project is currently in development and will mark Jordan’s directorial debut. Some may be disappointed that Creed III won’t involve Stallone, but that is partly why there is so much hype for the director’s cut of Rocky IV.
Stallone has completed Rocky vs. Drago, but at this point, it’s unknown if it will be available in theaters or on a streaming service when the release date finally comes. While Stallone and his crew missed the opportunity to release the re-cut on Rocky IV’s 35th anniversary last November, that could mean that the movie will be released at the end of this year. If the director’s cut of Rocky IV really is coming soon, as Stallone suggests in his post, then it is only a matter of time before a trailer is released to accompany this poster.