AceShowbiz - Sylvester Stallone has confirmed that he will be sitting behind the lens for "Creed 2". The 71-year-old actor/filmmaker has just taken to his Instagram account to reveal that he will also be producing the sequel to the 2015 boxing drama, which earned him an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
Along with a photo of himself and "Creed" star Michael B. Jordan looking dapper in their suits, Sly writes on the social media site, "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."
"Creed" was directed by Ryan Coogler from a script he co-wrote with Aaron Covington. It served as both spin-off and sequel to the Sly-starring "Rocky" film series, four of which were directed by Sly. Jordan played Adonis Creed, the son of Apollo Creed, in the spin-off, with Sly reprising the role of Rocky Balboa.
Sly confirming he'll be directing and producing the "Creed" sequel" comes after he announced earlier last month that it would start filming next year. He posted a still of himself and Jordan training on the social media site at the time, captioning it with "Getting stronger !!! 2018" and adding the hashtags #Creed 2 #mgm #fitness #Rocky.
With Sly taking the helming duty, it's unclear if Ryan Coogler will still be involved in developing the sequel. Post-"Creed", he's signed on to direct Marvel's first black superhero movie "Black Panther" which reunites him with Jordan. Led by Chadwick Boseman, it's also supported by the likes of Lupita Nyong'o, Martin Freeman, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker and Andy Serkis. It is due out in the United States on February 16, 2018.
Sly previously said of Coogler, "I know Ryan is going to be gone for a couple years. 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."