After Creed II improved on the box office success of Creed and ended up being generally well-received by both fans and critics, a sequel was inevitable but it was unclear who would be behind the camera for it. Ryan Coogler did not return for the second film and he continues to be busy with Black Panther II and a Wakanda TV series while Steven Caple Jr. is being tapped to direct the next Transformers movie. In addition, Sylvester Stallone has long since hinted that he would not be involved in the series moving forward. Now it appears that Michael B. Jordan is ready to take full ownership of the franchise and will be stepping up to direct the next movie himself. This is what he had to say about the announcement:
“Directing has always been an aspiration, but the timing had to be right. Creed III is that moment — a time in my life where I’ve grown more sure of who I am, holding agency in my own story, maturing personally, growing professionally, and learning from the Greats like Ryan Coogler, most recently Denzel Washington, and other top tier directors I respect. All of which sets the table for this moment. This franchise and in particular the themes of Creed III are deeply personal to me. I look forward to sharing the next chapter of Adonis Creed’s story with the awesome responsibility of being its director and namesake.”
The script was written by Zach Baylin (King Richard) and Ryan Coogler’s brother Keenan Coogler from an outline by Ryan Coogler. Story details are still being kept under wraps, however. Tessa Thompson and Phylicia Rashad are also on board to reprise their roles but Stallone’s involvement has yet to be confirmed. MGM has set a tentative release date of Thanksgiving 2022. Are you looking forward to Creed III?