Sylvester Stallone announced on Instagram Monday that he will be directing and producing boxing sequel "Creed 2", starring himself and Michael B. Jordan. This is the sure fire way to go from oscar nominated to razzie winning.
Since it looks like Stallone will also be writing Creed 2, this news may be upsetting to fans of Coogler who felt he was responsible for injecting fresh ideas into a creaky franchise. More on the story below.
In September, Stallone shared a photo of a shirtless Jordan in the gym with the caption, "Getting stronger!" Creed was a commercial and critical success, earning Stallone raves for his more nuanced performance as the aging ex-fighter. He takes over directing duties from Ryan Coogler, who helmed the first film. It was a spinoff of the original Rockyseries, with an aged Balboa teaching Adonis Creed (the son of his former rival/friend Apollo), played by Jordan.
Last month, Stallone hinted "Creed 2" will start production next year. Stallone mentioned it in passing, with Ventimiglia saying "I'll tell you what, if they invited me, I'd love to be there".
The search for a director for the sequel to the acclaimed 2015 drama Creed has ended with Sylvester Stallone. There has also been rumors as to the inclusion of Dolph Lundgren's Ivan Drago. Post-"Creed", he's signed on to direct Marvel's first black superhero movie "Black Panther" which reunites him with Jordan.