A petition allegedly created by Creed fans to change the name of the upcoming boxing movie Creed has turned out to be a hoax, according to Spin. The trailer for the movie, a spinoff of Sylvester Stallone's Rocky films, debuted earlier this week and a petition was posted a short time later at Change.org by someone claiming to be a fan of the rock group. The petition called for the film's studio, MGM, to change the name of the movie to avoid confusion with the band.
The petition claimed that the movie was "making it difficult, if not impossible, for the still-vital online Creed fanbase to exchange thoughts and discussion regarding band developments . . . MGM has completely disrespected the Creedmunity by using the name of the still-popular band for their non-Creed related movie and have been stifling conversation by flooding social media hashtags and searches with non-music Creed discussion."
- The fake petition was started by indie filmmaker Nick Robinson, who offered alternate titles such as Apollo Creed’s Son, Boxer Creed, Creed (Not The Band) and many others.
- Robinson wrote, "We can make a difference. The online Creed fanbase and the discussion of this movie do not have to be enemies. We can be friends. However I can guarantee that if MGM does NOT change the title that no self-respecting Creed fan will EVER see this movie, not even on bootleg!!!!!!!!!!"
- Robinson was looking for a mere 100 signatures and had received 67 by press time.
- Creed, the movie, opens on November 25th and features Fantastic Four star Michael B. Jordan as the son of late boxer Apollo Creed, who wants to follow in his father's footsteps and recruits his father's one-time rival, Rocky Balboa, as his trainer.
- Creed, the band, appears to be defunct again as singer Scott Stapp attempts to get his family and life back together by going on a reality show later this year following last winter's drug-induced mental breakdown.