Sylvester Stallone to Direct Creed 2, Starring Michael B. Jordan

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Variety reports Stallone broke the news on his Instagram with a photo of himself and Creed star Michael B. Jordan. Known for playing cinema's most famous boxer, Sylvester Stallone announced yesterday that he would direct the next spin-off from the Rocky saga.

Stallone, who previously teased the possibility of a sequel on social media, has confirmed he will be helming the film, not Coogler who is now in post-production on Marvel movie Black Panther, in a post on Instagram he uploaded on Monday (09Oct17).

"Creed 2" doesn't have a release date yet.

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Now, it's been confirmed that Sylvester Stallone will not only be returning for Creed 2, but he will also be producing and directing the movie. Perhaps Creed could eventually step into the ring with a MMA fighter. At that time Stallone posted a series vintage shots of Lundgren from the set of Rocky IV, each one tagged with 'CREED 2.' Lundgren himself largely confirmed this news when he posted a training video, with the caption, "Getting ready for something big!" The film helped Stallone get nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, and soon enough there was interest in a sequel. He takes over directing duties from Ryan Coogler, who helmed the first film.

Creed impressed critics and performed beyond expectations, grossing $173 million worldwide. Creed was a commercial and critical success, earning Stallone raves for his more nuanced performance as the aging ex-fighter. However, Michael B. Jordan's involvement in Marvel's upcoming Black Panther film pushed development back on the sequel.