Michael B. Jordan played Apollo Creed’s son, Adonis Creed, in both Creed and Creed II. While he merely starred in the movies before, he decided it was time to throw his own hat in the ring directing Creed III.
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Jordan said he feels the time is finally right. “My ambition has intersected at this moment where I have the experience and knowledge to direct, the opportunity within a franchise to step behind the camera and [the ability] to maximize it by having a production company.”
This isn’t just a one-time deal, though. Jordan feels this is something that will continue for more than a decade. “It’s my turn to make my impact while I have the energy and strength. I’ve got to tee up the ones that come after but at the same time hyper-focus on what needs to be done right now. It’s the moment I’ve waited for my entire life. This is it. This can dictate the next 10, 15, 20 years.”
Directing Creed III should provide the challenge and impact Jordan seeks. With Sylvester Stallone stepping away, it’s up to him to craft a masterpiece. Stallone himself directed several Rocky films. Additionally, it’s a nearly $400 million franchise, so the pressure is on.
For reference, Ryan Coogler directed Creed and Black Panther, with the former grossing $173 million at the box office. Steven Caple Jr. directed Creed II and earned a whopping $214 million grossly.
As of now, Creed III is still in development, though it is suspected to release in November 2022.
Dolph Lundgren States an Ivan Drago Spinoff May be Possible
Creed served as a sequel and revival of the Rocky franchise. The second film featured Ivan Drago returning and according to the actor, Dolph Lundgren, there may be an Ivan Drago spinoff at some point.
Creed II saw the return of Ivan Drago and his son, Viktor Drago. As previously mentioned, the film performed admirably at the box office, so much so Lundgren stated he thought there were talks of doing a spinoff. While discussing his career with The Hollywood Reporter, he lamented a fight being cut in Creed II with him and Stallone when he mentioned the possible spinoff.
“I thought it was a good moment. It was also a fan moment. It was a quick little fight, and I thought it worked,” Lundgren said regarding the deleted fight. “But the director [Caple] and MGM felt that it was extraneous and that it didn’t add anything. By the way, I think there’s some talk about doing a whole spinoff on Drago with MGM. So you may get more of that.”
I doubt I’m the only one who thinks this, but I’d love to see both Dragos get fleshed out more with their own movie.