Released in theaters two years ago, will Creed II have a sequel? We have the answer!
“It’s not over until the bell rings!”, chanted Rocky in the cult saga. The tireless boxer seems to have transmitted this rage to win to his foal, Adonis, who succeeded him in the first two parts of Creed.
Indeed, the bell has not yet rung for the sports franchise! After two episodes which were able to touch the public, bringing in 387 million dollars in worldwide revenue, Creed will soon be back for a 3rd film.
In December 2020, Tessa Thompson, interpreter of Bianca, already sold the wick: “Michael B. Jordan will direct Creed 3”, she revealed at the microphone of MTV News. In March 2021, the news was made official. The actor therefore succeeded Ryan Coogler and Steven Caple Jr. behind the camera to direct this 3rd opus of the adventures of Adonis Creed.
MICHAEL B. JORDAN TAKES THE REINS OF HIS SAGA
“Michael’s vision is incredibly exciting. He will make an important contribution to the history of the saga. We are delighted to accompany him in his first steps as a director and to share with you this new chapter of the franchise”said MGM bosses Michael De Luca and Pamela Abdy, quoted by Deadline.
For his part, Michael B. Jordan said that directing had always been an ambition for him, but that he had to find the right project at the right time.
“Creed 3 comes at the right time. I’m at a point in my life where I have the necessary maturity, both personal and professional, to embark on my own story. I learned a lot alongside Ryan Coogler [réalisateur de Creed et Black Panther]and most recently with Denzel Washington, among other filmmakers I respect”confided the neo-filmmaker last year.
“Creed is a saga that resonates deeply with me. I can’t wait to share the next installment in the story of Adonis Creed, as director and headliner, which is a huge responsibility.”he concluded.
Michael B. Jordan then went back to training to regain the muscular and athletic body of Adonis Creed. Last November, the shooting being imminent, the artist was back in the room for intensive training!
A DRACONIAN TRAINING
His sports coach, Corey Calliet, shared on Instagram a video of the actor in full effort, already showing impressive muscles, especially biceps. The actor has managed to sculpt a body worthy of the high-level athlete he must embody.
Note that to be credible as a sharp boxer, Jordan has already followed a drastic program for previous films. With a rhythm of 6 days of training per week he managed to achieve his goal with a gain of 15 kilos of muscle mass. A mind-blowing physical transformation for the actor, now 34 years old.
In this new opus, Adonis Creed should face a formidable opponent played by Jonathan Majors (Lovecraft Country). Tessa Thompson will return as Bianca, Creed’s fiancée. As for Phylicia Rashad, she will once again play Mary Anne, the boxer’s mother.
WILL STALLONE BE IN THE PART?
Unfortunately, Sylvester Stallone, present in the first two episodes, will not resume his role as Rocky in Creed 3. Michael B. Jordan wanted to clarify the reasons for Stallone’s absence.
“I know Sly revealed he won’t be coming back for Creed 3 but you know there will always be the spirit and essence of Rocky in this saga. There will always be a bit of Rocky in Adonis Creed”said Michael B. Jordan at the microphone ofIGN.
“However, it’s a Creed franchise“, he continues, “We really wanted to build this story and this universe around Adonis to allow him to move forward, to emancipate himself.”
The director went on to recall the love and admiration he and his team have for Stallone and the character of Rocky. “We have a lot of respect for everything he has built. Now we want to highlight Adonis and his family. And I think the public will like what we are preparing. It will be a really special episode”he explained.
Creed 3 is currently still filming. The release date has been set for November 23, 2022 in the USA. With this first achievement, Jordan follows in the footsteps of his mentor, Stallone, by taking on a boxing franchise, ensuring the legacy of the legendary Rocky Balboa.