AceShowbiz - "Creed 2" is ready to roll the camera. Sylvester Stallone which starred and co-produced the first film took it to Instagram to reveal when the production would begin. He shared a still from a scene featuring himself and Michael B. Jordan from the first movie.
The "Creed" sequel hasn't got a release date just yet, but it is expected to kick off the filming sometime in 2018. "Getting stronger !!! 2018 #Creed 2 #mgm #fitness #Rocky," so Stallone teased on Instagram.
The first film directed by Ryan Coogler was released in 2015 to critical acclaim and commercial success. It grossed over $170 million against a $40 million budget. Stallone was nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the Academy and Golden Globe Awards.
The 71-year-old actor lost the Oscar to Mark Rylance but won the Golden Globe. It was his first Oscar nomination and first Golden Globe win. He beat Rylance, Paul Dano, Idris Elba and Michael Shannon at the Golden Globes.
"Creed" was the seventh installment of the Rocky franchise. It came out almost a decade after the last film, "Rocky Balboa". Michael B. Jordan played the son of Apollo Creed, Rocky's old rival. He was taken under Rocky's wing.
While Jordan and Stallone are expected to reprise their respective roles, it's unclear if director Ryan Coogler will return for the upcoming sequel. Post-"Creed", he's signed on to direct Marvel's first black superhero movie "Black Panther" that reunites him with Jordan. Led by Chadwick Boseman, it's also supported by Lupita Nyong'o, Martin Freeman, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker and Andy Serkis. It will make its way out in the United States on February 16, 2018.
"I know Ryan is going to be gone for a couple years," Stallone previously said. "There's a diminishing time acceptance of a sequel." He added, "Ryan has some ideas of going forward and backward and actually seeing Rocky and Apollo together. Think of 'The Godfather 2.' That's what he was thinking of, which was kind of ambitious."