Sylvester Stallone brings back the most iconic saga of his filmography: Rocky. The 71-year-old actor has announced that he will be directing the eighth installment of the Rocky franchise, which we saw two years ago the seventh chapter, ‘Creed’. He announced the news about Creed 2 with a discreet publication on Instagram, sharing an old photo of him with Jordan.
Finally, a good news we get Hollywood at the moment: Sylvester Stallone has just announced that not just the movie Creed – Rocky’s spin-off starring Michael B. Jordan – will have a sequel, but also one surprise that he himself is going to direct it. It’s a welcome return to the opening days of the franchise, which features six Rocky core films written by Sly, who also directed four of them.
So he said in a statement via Instagram he said , posting a photo of him with actor Michael B. Jordan:
“Wishing to direct and produce the incredibly talented Michael B Jordan in ‘Creed 2’ next year … One more round!”
If Stallone takes over for Creed director Ryan Coogler, the saga would return to its original creator. “Sly”, in addition to playing Rocky Balboa, wrote the scripts of the six films of the franchise.
Stallone did not announce who would be writing the project or whether Creed’s director Ryan Coogler will be involved. Representatives of MGM, which produces the film, and Coogler have not yet responded to Vanity Fair’s request for comments.
Last July it was confirmed that Stallone was writing a script, but it was not specified that it was the sequel. In the new installment, Adonis Johnson Creed will face the son of Ivan Drago, the Russian boxer who took the life of Apollo Creed. Filming will begin in 2018.
Considering Hollywood’s obsession with sequels, another Creed movie seemed inevitable. Rocky has been a formidable lesson on how a franchise can successful run without ending the interest of the audience, through never ending continuations, without lowing the effectiveness and performance. In 2015, Creed added life into the Rocky franchise, which disappeared after Rocky Balboa in 2006. That film had positive reviews and as fans people went to theaters to to not miss a sequel of the Rocky movie, taking Balboa to a turnover of 179 million dollars.
Almost 10 years later, Creed movie presents them with a fascinating starting point where they can continue with the franchise. Director Ryan Coogler, then an independent up-and-coming director thanks to his drama Fruitvale Station, was an eternal Rocky fan and pressured Stallone to let him try out his idea for versioning, focusing on the story of Adonis Johnson, the son of the late Apollo Creed (starring Carl Weathers in the original franchise). This new film was a super hit worldwide and gained positive review of both critics and fans. Sylvester Stallone was nominated and won many awards for this movie and also received a Golden Globe award. In his speech he did not remember thanking COogler and Jordan which left some fans disappointed. He was also nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.
After Creed was a big hit, Coogler has been busy with another small independent: Black Panther’s highly anticipated Marvel adaptation.
Jordan has started working on his ideas for a few television programs , which includes an Individual drama along with a Netflix superhero series. On the other hand, Stallone signed for a movie with Jackie Chan.
Stallone has been seen by the series ‘This is us’. Instead Jordan will see him next year in ‘Black Panther’. ‘Creed’ premiered in early 2016, and raised $173 million worldwide.