It’s been almost 40 years since Rocky first ascended the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and now, Sylvester Stallone is set to reprise his role as the legendary boxer in the upcoming Creed. But after six movies, Creed will mark the first Rocky film that won’t have Stallone’s name attached as writer. Ahead of the film’s release on Wednesday, Stallone stopped by The Ellen DeGeneres Show for the first time ever on Monday to talk about why he chose to hand the screenwriting reins to someone else.
“The reason that I didn’t want to write it is because it’s a whole new generation,” Stallone told DeGeneres. “Forty years has passed, and what worked in my generation doesn’t exactly work in this generation. Everything’s just changed.”
Stallone went on to explain that he got on board when Creed director Ryan Coogler approached him with a story idea about Apollo Creed’s illegitimate son. The young, upcoming boxer Adonis Creed (played by Michael B. Jordan) turns to the aging Rocky to help him train and to teach him how to live up to his father’s legacy in the ring.
“He’s really good,” Stallone added about Jordan. “He’s the next thing. I mean, he really is.”
Watch the interview with Stallone below.