Sylvester Stallone to Direct and Produce

Creed Sylvester Stallone

Creed Sylvester Stallone

Sylvester Stallone has confirmed via his Instagram that he will be directing the new film.

After the first film's success both critically and commercially, it was only a matter of time before a sequel was announced. In addition to starring as Rocky Balboa, Stallone wrote the screenplays for all six pre-Creed films and directed Rocky II, Rocky III, Rocky IV, and Rocky Balboa.

While Stallone's more recent directorial ventures have been, to put it bluntly, incredibly boring (he was last seen helming the ambitious and bafflingly successful The Expendables), he at least here already has a solid blueprint from Coogler to work with.

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Adonis Creed was introduced in the 2015 movie, played by Michael B Jordan, and while the breakout lead was hailed for his performance, it was Stallone's accomplished e-casting of Rocky as key supporting character that led to a Golden Globe win and an Oscar nomination. Michael B. Jordan is a bona fide star, and we know the two have chemistry from the first Creed. Sure, there's no denying the Coogler's Creed is definitely a towering achievement, but trading him out for Stallone is definitely not something worth brooding about.

My Entertainment World has an interesting nugget on their site, noting the start of filming of "Creed 2" to begin February 5, 2018 in Philadelphia.

A release date for "Creed 2" has not been set yet.

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