Sylvester Stallone Confirmed To Direct Creed 2
The sequel to the Rocky spin-off will be helmed by Rocky himself!
Creed Sequel Will Be Directed By Sylvester Stallone!
The best Rocky film since the original 1976 classic, Creed was a surprise hit for a franchise that had ended years earlier. In fact, the creator of the franchise Sylvester Stallone had rejected up-and-coming writer/director Ryan Coogler's pitch for a spin-off about the son of Rocky's rival-turned-best-friend Apollo Creed. Eventually, Coogler wore Sly down, and when Stallone read the script he immediately green-lit the production. However, since the highly successful release of Creed in 2015, which earned over $173 million and got Stallone his first Oscar nomination in decades, pre-production on the sequel has just barely been moving forward. All we know is that with the plot will involve Adonis Creed and the man who killed his father, Ivan Drago. Today, though, we did learned who will be helming the film, and it's none other than Rocky himself, Sylvester Stallone.
Stallone’s a well-versed film-maker as he’s directed movies like Rocky II, Rocky III, Rocky IV, Rocky Balboa, Rambo, and The Expendables. He's been an actor in all of those previously mentioned, as well as other films including First Blood, Rambo: First Blood Part II, Rambo III, Judge Dredd, and Demolition Man. The first Creed was a difficult balancing act that Coogler pulled off brilliantly, and so while Stallone may be the more veteran director, he’s got a tough act to follow. Michael B. Jordan will return as Adonis, but it's unknown if Stallone will come back as Rocky Balboa who was very sick at the end of the last film. Dolph Lundgren is expected to return to the role that made him famous, Ivan Drago, and there are rumors that his character's son may appear in the film as well to face off against Creed. It would be epic to see another Creed vs. Drago match. There’s currently no release date yet on Creed 2, but depending on how quickly they can get cameras rolling, it’s possible we could get the movie as early as late 2018, although I think a 2019 release would be more likely at this point.
The Rocky franchise started in 1976 when Sylvester Stallone wrote the script and three days and sold the movie with the condition that he be the star. It won Best Picture at the Academy Wards that year and was a huge hit with audiences too. So far, five sequels have been spawned, as well as a spin-off titled Creed in 2015. The films grossed a total of $225 million at the worldwide box office. The series has been going strong for over 40 years and is showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon.