Sylvester Stallone announces that he will produce and move into the director’s chair to direct Michael B. Jordan in the untitled, Creed 2.
In 2015, director Ryan Coogler (Black Panther) shocked the film community with a spin-off (and sequel) to the Rocky franchise that not only surpassed expectations, but also set the bar even higher for film series. Creed was a stunning success that solidified the future careers of Coogler and lead Michael B. Jordan, while reinvigorating Sylvester Stallone’s own passion for the Rocky Balboa character.
There has been consistent buzz for the follow up to Creed, with Jordan publicly showing interest in returning for a sequel. While Stallone has been seemingly been conducting his own marketing campaign for the sequel via social media. He has been posting his enthusiasm for a sequel for the past two years now, after getting an Academy Award nomination for his role in the film. However, last night the future was made crystal clear for Rocky fans.
In a post on Instagram yesterday, Stallone formally announced his participation and behind-the-camera roles in Creed 2. In the post he says, “Looking forward to directing and Producing The incredibly talented Michael B Jordan in CREED 2 next year … One more Round!”
Many had held out hope that Coogler would reunite with his Fruitvale Station muse, in Jordan, for another round in the ring. However, following Black Panther, the two will be re-teaming for Wrong Answer, a drama that will tackle the Atlanta school cheating scandal written by Ta-Nehisi Coates. With that in mind, it’s hard to find anyone more qualified to produce and direct the next chapter of the Creed series, than the man who actually wrote and directed multiple Rocky films in Stallone.
What is unclear is if Stallone is able to accept that this is now Adonis Creed’s franchise. The spin-off was a daring film that was largely a predominantly black production, ranging from the director, writer, star, and female lead. While the movie didn’t wear race on its sleeve, there were many images and subtext that addressed struggles that are particularly pertinent to African Americans. From Creed running with a grey hoodie through the Philly projects, to the heartbreaking opening that chronicles how young black youth are herded into juvenile correction facilities, there was a thin, yet pertinent political undertone to the sports drama. It was more than a boxing movie and that’s what made it resonate with audiences and critics alike. However, it should be noted that Coogler will be staying on as a producer as well, so that should help the sequel retain some of the franchise’s authenticity.
Over the past few months there have been a bevy of social media teases by Stallone. One of the most eyebrow raising developments has been Stallone’s consistent teasing of the return of Dolph Lungren’s character, Ivan Drago, from Rocky IV. There have been multiple posts, including one of Lungren training for his “return,” that have signaled the direction of the upcoming sequel.
In Rocky IV, Drago beat Adonis Creed’s father, Apollo, to death in an exhibition boxing match. That tragedy is the background for much of the drama found in Creed, which follows Adonis’ struggle to prove his birthright and to live up to his lofty legacy. It would make sense to directly battle the source of his inner turmoil in the sequel, however with Lungren currently sitting at 59-years old, it might make more sense to rematch him against the 71-year old Stallone. While Creed could theoretically be matched against the son of Drago in an attempt to avenge his father’s death.
The movie is going to go before cameras next year. There isn’t an announced release date as of yet, however it would seem to be the perfect Fall or Winter release for 2019. Thanks to Sly, there certainly will be a lot more news on the upcoming sequel as it develops. So keep your guard up…because there is more to come.
Creed 2 currently does not have a release date.
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