Sylvester Stallone's Rocky 4 Director's Cut Has Been Retitled Rocky Vs. Drago

The actor, writer, and director has returned to his 1985 Rocky blockbuster.


Rocky star Sylvester Stallone has announced that his new cut of Rocky IV has been retitled. The movie will be released as Rocky Vs. Drago--The Ultimate Director's Cut.

Stallone confirmed the new title on Instagram and revealed that the movie will be accompanied by a feature-length behind-the-scenes documentary titled Keep Punching: The Present Meets the Past, which documents the process of reworking the original movie.

The star also posted a trailer for the documentary. It shows Stallone working in a "basically empty" post-production facility alongside an editor on the new version of Rocky IV. In the trailer, he states that he made the movie to give him something to do during the pandemic, and that he was approaching the re-edit with "a sensitivity and a wisdom, and confidence." Check it out below:

Rocky Vs. Drago--The Ultimate Director's Cut doesn't have a release date yet. The project was first announced in August last year, to tie into the film's 35th anniversary. While we don't yet know how the cut will differ from the hugely successful original, Stallone has confirmed that Paulie's robot will no longer appear. The very silly AI robot that Paulie is given for his birthday early on in the movie has become much-loved by fans, but Stallone has sadly stated that "the robot is going to the junkyard forever."

In related news, it's been confirmed that Stallone will won't reprise the role of Rocky Balboa in the upcoming Creed 3. The actor co-starred in the first two Rocky spin-off movies, as well as co-writing Creed 2. However, star and director Michael B. Jordan stated that, "this is a Creed franchise, and we really want to build this story and this world around him moving forward." Creed 3 releases in November 2022.

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