Balboa Productions is an American film and television production company founded and led by Sylvester Stallone. The studio is named after his character Rocky Balboa from the Rocky franchise.

Balboa Productions
Company typePrivately held company
  • Film
  • Television
Founded2018; 6 years ago (2018)
FounderSylvester Stallone
HeadquartersUnited States
Key people
Sylvester Stallone (Co-Executive Chairmen)
Braden Aftergood (Vice chairman)

History edit

On May 30, 2018, Sylvester Stallone formed Balboa Productions with a partnership with Starlight Culture Entertainment. Braden Aftergood was named as the executive of scripted development.[1] That same month, Balboa Productions announced one of their first projects with the superhero thriller Samaritan. Stallone starred in the titular role, with the movie being released on August 26, 2022, via streaming, through Amazon Prime Video after Amazon's purchase of MGM.[2][3] Balboa Productions was one of the studios involved with the development of Rambo: Last Blood, released on September 20, 2019.[4] In October 2019, Balboa Productions partnered with DAZN to develop sports featured documentaries. Their first collaboration was realized with, One Night: Joshua vs. Ruiz.[5] Balboa Productions entered a first-look deal with Amazon Studios in April 2023.[6]

Projects in development edit

In May 2018, Balboa Productions announced to be developing a number of projects, including: a Jack Johnson biopic,[1] film adaptations of James Byron Huggins novel Hunter, and Michael McGowan and Ralph Pezzullo's memoir Ghost. The studio will also develop a Special Ops film written by retired Army Ranger Max Adams, alongside television series adaptations of Chuck Dixon's Levon's Trade, and Charles Sailor's Second Son.[2] In May 2019, it was announced that Balboa Productions will co-produce the American remake of The Gangster, The Cop, The Devil with B&C Group and CA Entertainment. Don Lee will produce the project, in addition to reprising his starring role in the remake.[7]

In July 2019, it was announced that the studio will produce another slate of projects including: Corin Hardy's monster movie titled Arcane, The Bellhop starring Iko Uwais, and a television series adaptation of Stallone's cult classic Nighthawks. The series will be released via streaming exclusively on Peacock. Balboa Productions will also be involved in the upcoming History Channel Original series, The Tenderloin with Stallone set to direct multiple episodes. As a production studio, they stated that they would like to be "the Blumhouse of action films", referring to Blumhouse Productions' success in the horror movie genre.[8][9][10]

In June 2019, it was announced that Balboa Productions will produce a new television series titled, The International. Dolph Lundgren will star in the main role, with Ken Sanzel serving as showrunner, and Stallone scheduled to direct the pilot episode. The series will be released on the CBS network.[11][12] In February 2020, it was announced that the studio will produce Rowan Athale's film Little America. Stallone was slated to appear in the starring role, while additional funding for the project is being acquired through AGC International.[13][14] The studio is also set to produce Cassandra Brooksbank's directiorial debut My Masterpiece, starring Maria Bakalova.[15] In May 2023, a legacy sequel to Cliffhanger was announced to be in the works with Stallone returning to star in addition to serving as a producer.[16]

Productions edit

Films edit

Year Title Director Budget Gross Notes
2019 Rambo: Last Blood Adrian Grünberg $50,000,000 $91,490,353 Distributed by Lionsgate Films
One Night: Joshua vs. Ruiz Deirdre Fenton and Jamie Horowitz Documentary film
2022 Samaritan Julius Avery $100,000,000 Distributed by United Artists Releasing and Amazon Studios
2023 Creed III Michael B. Jordan $75,000,000 $273,796,108 Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Sly Thom Zimny Distributed by Netflix
2025 Levon's Trade David Ayer Distributed by Amazon MGM Studios
TBA Untitled Cliffhanger sequel[16] Ric Roman Waugh
Untitled Jack Johnson biopic[1] Distributed by Amazon MGM Studios
Untitled Special Ops film[2]
The Gangster, The Cop, The Devil[7] Distribution by Paramount Pictures[17]
Arcane[8] Corin Hardy
The Bellhop film[8] Jonathan Eusebio
Little America[13] Roman Athale Co-produced by Platinum Dunes
My Masterpiece[15] Cassandra Brooksbank

Television series edit

Year Title Creator(s) Network Notes
2022–present Tulsa King Taylor Sheridan Paramount+
TBA The International[11] Ken Sanzel CBS[12]
Nighthawks[8] Peacock[9]
The Tenderloin[10] Stephen Kay History
Second Son[2] Rob Williams

References edit

  1. ^ a b c Fleming, Mike Jr. (May 30, 2018). "Sly Stallone Launches Balboa Productions With Film On Trump-Pardoned Heavyweight Champ Jack Johnson". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 9, 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d e f N'Duka, Amanda (October 17, 2018). "Sylvester Stallone To Star In 'Samaritan' & 'Hunter', Acquires FBI Memoir As His Balboa Productions Ramps Up Slate". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 9, 2020.
  3. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (October 17, 2019). "Sylvester Stallone MGM Thriller 'Samaritan' Heads To Early December 2020". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 9, 2020.
  4. ^ "Rambo: Last Blood (2019 Movie) Teaser Trailer". YouTube. May 30, 2019. Retrieved June 9, 2020.
  5. ^ Muehlhausen, Steven (October 24, 2019). "Sylvester Stallone Teams Up with DAZN to Produce 'One Night: Joshua vs. Ruiz'". DAZN News. Retrieved November 8, 2022.
  6. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (April 12, 2023). "Sylvester Stallone & His Balboa Productions Inks Deal With Amazon Studios". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Media Corporation.
  7. ^ a b Hyo-won, Leo (May 5, 2019). "Sylvester Stallone to Remake South Korean Thriller 'The Gangster, The Cop, The Devil'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 9, 2020.
  8. ^ a b c d Donnelly, Matt (July 24, 2019). "Sylvester Stallone's Production Company Wants to Be the Blumhouse of Action Films". Variety. Retrieved June 9, 2020.
  9. ^ a b Stallone, Sylvester (May 3, 2020). "Q&A: Answering the Audience". Instagram. Retrieved June 9, 2020.
  10. ^ a b Hayes, Dade (March 27, 2019). "History Developing Sylvester Stallone Period Cop Drama 'The Tenderloin' – Upfront". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 9, 2020.
  11. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (August 2, 2019). "Dolph Lundgren-Sylvester Stallone Action Drama Series Heats Up TV Marketplace". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 9, 2020.
  12. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (October 3, 2019). "Dolph Lundgren-Sylvester Stallone Action Drama 'The International' Lands At CBS As Put Pilot". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 9, 2020.
  13. ^ a b Wiseman, Andreas (February 10, 2019). "Sylvester Stallone To Star In Dystopian Action Thriller 'Little America' With Michael Bay As EP; AGC To Launch Sales At EFM". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 9, 2020.
  14. ^ Wiseman, Andreas (February 24, 2020). "Sylvester Stallone Sci Fi-Action Pic 'Little America' Pre-Sells To Raft Of Major Territories For AGC At EFM". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 9, 2020.
  15. ^ a b Lang, Brent; Donnelly, Matt (May 19, 2023). ""Borat 2" Breakout Maria Bakalova Starring in "My Masterpiece" for Sylvester Stallone's Balboa Productions". Variety. Retrieved May 20, 2023.
  16. ^ a b Grobar, Matt (May 1, 2023). "Sylvester Stallone Set For 'Cliffhanger' Reboot From Director Ric Roman Waugh". Deadline. Retrieved May 4, 2023.
  17. ^ Tartaglione, Nancy (June 28, 2022). "Paramount To Remake Korean Thriller 'The Gangster, The Cop, The Devil'; Don Lee Reprising Original Role & Producing Alongside Sylvester Stallone's Balboa". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved March 17, 2024.

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