Creed 2 Won’t Be Directed by Stallone After All


A couple of months ago, Sylvester Stallone took to Instagram to announce that he would be stepping back behind the camera to direct the upcoming Creed sequel. At the time, there was no official announcement from the studio, but it seemed to make sense. If Ryan Coogler was unavailable to return in that capacity, surely Stallone would be an ideal replacement being that he is the most familiar with the Rocky franchise. This week, however, we are hearing that Stallone won’t be directing after all and that a mutual decision was made by Stallone, Michael B. Jordan and the studio execs to bring in a fresh voice instead. Hit the jump for more details.

According to Variety, Steven Caple Jr. has been hired to direct Creed 2 for MGM and Warner Brothers. His directorial debut was the 2016 film The Land, a semi-autobiographical drama about four teenagers growing up on the streets of Cleveland. He has also directed a handful of shorts and TV episodes, but for the most part he is a relative newcomer. Ryan Coogler is still expected to be involved as executive producer.

No official reason was given for replacing Stallone, but it does seem appropriate and preferable to have an African-American director tell this story. Rocky Balboa is no longer the star of the franchise, although Stallone will once again reprise his role in the film. Stallone did also write the script, although he co-wrote it with Cheo Hodari Coker (Luke Cage). Production is expected to start in spring 2018. Do you think this was the right decision for Creed 2?

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  • LordAwesome

    Think they should have got Jackie Chan.