Michael B. Jordan, who portrays the titular Adonis Creed in both Creed films, will reportedly take the director's chair for Creed 3.
Michael B. Jordan, who has portrayed Adonis Creed in both Creed films, will reportedly direct Creed 3. The series serves as both a spin-off and continuation of the widely popular and iconic Rocky franchise, following the life of the titular Creed, who was the illegitimate son of Rocky Balboa's enemy-turned-friend Apollo Creed. Sylvester Stallone, who created and portrayed Rocky in all of the character's appearances, was originally set on ending the franchise after the 2006 film Rocky Balboa. However, Ryan Coogler, fresh off his success with the indie darling Fruitvale Station (which also starred Jordan), pitched Stallone the idea for Creed. Coogler's pitch was enough to convince Stallone to revisit the Italian Stallion, and both Creed and it's sequel Creed II were critical and financial successes.
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The success of Creed was enough to launch Coogler (who wrote and directed the film) into the filmmaking A list, landing him the directing gig for Black Panther. Because of that, Coogler was unavailable to direct Creed II and only served as an executive producer on the film. Writing duties fell onto Stallone himself and Juel Taylor, while indie filmmaker Steven Caple Jr. was tagged to direct. While a potential Creed 3 has seemed inevitable, it was up in the air about who would take the reigns creatively. Back in February, it was revealed that Zach Baylin would be penning the script, but no details about the film's plot or its potential director were released.