Rocky spin-off, Creed is getting a third film in the franchise and this time it’s star, Michael B. Jordan is set to direct.
MGM announced today that Michael B. Jordan will helm Creed 3, making this his directorial debut. He follows in the footsteps of Ryan Coogler, who directed the first Creed movie, and Steven Caple Jr., who directed Creed II. As for when we can expect Creed 3, it’s been slotted for November 23, 2022, which makes sense given that the prior two Creed movies were also released close to the Thanksgiving holiday. Here’s what Jordan had to say about taking the directing reins (via Deadline):
Directing has always been an aspiration, but the timing had to be right. Creed 3 is that moment — a time in my life where I’ve grown more sure of who I am, holding agency in my own story, maturing personally, growing professionally, and learning from the Greats like Ryan Coogler, most recently Denzel Washington, and other top tier directors I respect. All of which sets the table for this moment. This franchise and in particular the themes of Creed 3are deeply personal to me. I look forward to sharing the next chapter of Adonis Creed’s story with the awesome responsibility of being its director and namesake.
Creed 3 will also see the return of Tessa Thompson as Bianca and Phyllicia Rashad as Mary Anne Creed. There’s no word yet on if Sylvester Stallone will be back as Rocky Balboa; Stallone had once said he was done playing the character, but then he started working on another Rocky movie, although the actor said in May 2020 that he wasn’t sure if it would ultimately be made. Keenan Coogler and Zach Baylin wrote the Creed 3 script, based on an outline by Ryan Coogler.