Creed II became another hit success story, but what can audiences expect from Creed III?
In 2015, Ryan Coogler revived the Rocky franchise at MGM and took it in an entirely different direction. Instead of bringing back Sylvester Stallone as the Italian Stallion, the legendary actor returned simply as Rocky Balboa and helped train Michael B. Jordan's Adonis Creed, who's the son of his friend and one-time rival, Apollo Creed.
Creed released in November 2015 to overwhelmingly positive reviews from critics and audiences alike, and that excitement carried over to its run at the worldwide box office. In total, Creed earned just over $173 million globally. While that's not on the level of many other blockbuster movies - especially Coogler and Jordan's follow-up movie, Black Panther, which earned $1.3 billion for Marvel Studios - it was more than enough to justify a sequel, especially considering that it far exceeded Creed's estimated production budget of only $35 million.
Creed II continued to shape Adonis Creed's legacy in the wake of his match in the first movie. And now that Adonis' story was neatly wrapped up in Creed II, the studio can go practically anywhere with Creed III.
Creed 3 Is Officially Happening
Creed III was officially confirmed as being in development on February 25, 2020. The threequel also hired a new writer to pen its script in Zach Baylin, writer of the upcoming Will Smith vehicle King Richard. This means a different person will have wrote all three Creed films so far, after Ryan Coogler wrote Creed and Juel Taylor wrote Creed II. A director has yet to be chosen, but Michael B. Jordan is of course expected to return as Adonis Creed.
Creed 3 Release Date
For now, it's unclear when Creed III will begin production, as star Michael B. Jordan has a packed schedule. Considering the many delays and production freezes caused by the 2020 Coronavirus pandemic though, it's quite possible Creed III will be pushed back even further than it originally would've been. At this point, it seems safe to say filming won't begin until at least 2021, possibly for a fall 2021 release date, if production starts early enough in the year. If not, 2022 could be an option.
What Could Creed 3'S Story Be About?
Since Creed II neatly wraps up Adonis Creed's story, Creed III can take the character and the series in whichever direction the filmmakers want. Creed II doesn't box the story into a corner, but rather leaves the door open for Adonis to finally step out of his father's shadow and strike out on his own. In that regard, it would be similar to Rocky III. After first losing to Apollo Creed in Rocky and then ultimately beating him in Rocky II, Rocky Balboa was able to make a name for himself in Rocky III.
Creed III doesn't need to bring back more Rocky characters. Instead, Adonis Creed can deal with his own legacy in a sequel and fight someone completely new, someone, who doesn't have ties back to the Rocky franchise. However, if the studio wants to continue to attach Creed to the original Rocky series, then bringing back Viktor Drago in Creed III could still be a possibility.
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