Sylvester Stallone Confirms to Direct and Produce Creed 2
Posted 2017/10/09 0 0
Sylvester Stallone is officially jumping back for Creed 2, as the director and producer.
After previously teasing his script for the follow-up to the 2015 film, which earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor, Stallone has announced he’s going to direct the eighth installment in the Rocky franchise. The Oscar-nominated actor confirmed the news on Instagram. Alongside a picture of him and star Michael B. Jordan, he wrote: “Looking forward to directing and Producing The incredibly talented Michael B Jordan in CREED 2 next year … One more Round !”
Stallone is no stranger to being behind the camera, especially when it comes to the Rocky franchise. He previously directed Rocky II, Rocky III, Rocky IV, and Rocky Balboa, but also jumped into the bigger action films with Rambo and The Expendables. Unlike all of his previous directorial efforts (except for Staying Alive), Stallone will not be the star of this film. While Rocky will certainly be present, this will be Adonis’ story.
With the project still a few months away from the start of production, it's understandable that we don't know too much about Creed 2 just yet. What we do know, though, is very exciting. It's been confirmed that the blockbuster will have strong ties to one of the franchises' most popular sequels, Rocky IV, and will feature the return of Dolph Lundgren's Ivan Drago. It's been teased that Drago won't be going the Rocky route in the first Creed and will still be jumping into the ring with Michael B. Jordan's young Adonis "Donnie" Johnson Creed, but we'll have to wait and see if that actually happens.
Creed was directed by Ryan Coogler from a script he co-wrote with Aaron Covington as a spinoff and sequel to the Rocky film series. Jordan played Adonis Creed, the son of Apollo Creed, with Stallone reprising the role of Rocky Balboa. The movie turned in a solid box office performance with $173 million worldwide. Stallone was nominated for the Academy Award for best supporting actor and won the Golden Globe Award in the same category. He received Oscar nominations for acting and screenplay for the original “Rocky” in 1976.