Sylvester Stallone will helm yet another film in the “Rocky” franchise. The actor announced on Monday via his Instagram that he will direct and produce “Creed 2,” starring himself and Michael B. Jordan (“Fruitvale Station”). MGM previously told Variety the drama was still in development, despite an earlier Instagram hint from Stallone that the film will begin production next year. Stallone confirmed his previous hint and another round in the director’s chair, saying:
Looking forward to directing and Producing The incredibly talented Michael B Jordan in CREED 2 next year…One more Round ! #creed2 #mgm #fighting #workout #exercise #boxing
Jordan and Stallone raked in praise and profits back in 2015 for “Creed,” a followup and spinoff to Stallone’s famous boxing series. Jordan played Adonis Creed, son of Rocky’s rival Apollo Creed, while Stallone reprised his most famous character, Rocky Balboa, who became Adonis’ trainer and mentor. The film was directed by Ryan Coogler (“Fruitvale Station”) off a screenplay penned by Coogler and Aaron Covington (“Potter’s Field”). “Creed” performed moderately well, earning $173 million worldwide.
Stallone won a Golden Globe for best supporting actor for his role in “Creed” and also earned an Academy Award nomination. He previously received Oscar nominations for best actor and best screenplay for the first “Rocky” back in 1976. The actor and writer is no stranger to the director mantle, having directed “The Expendables,” “Rambo,” and “Rocky” films I-IV, along with the rebooted 2006 “Rocky Balboa.”
Production for “Creed 2” begins in 2018.