Michael B. Jordan to Make Directorial Debut with ‘Creed 3’
Well, it’s like Creed 3 maybe be one step closer to securing Michael B. Jordan as director. The actor and producer has been with the franchise from the start, so it is smart that he would be eyed to helm the next installment.
The first “Creed” film was helmed by Ryan Coogler, who directed Jordan in the films “Fruitvale Station” and “Black Panther.”
“Creed II,” meanwhile, was directed by Steven Caple Jr.
“Creed III” will mark the ninth instalment in the “Rocky” franchise, dating back to the first starring Sylvester Stallone that won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1977.
Back in February, it had been reported by THR that Zach Baylin, the scribe behind the upcoming Will Smith vehicle “King Richard,” is penning the script for “Creed III.”
The movie will continue the saga of Adonis Creed, played by Jordan.
The first movie grossed $173 million at the worldwide box office.
The second film earned over $214 million around the world.
Jordan was last seen within the 2019 racial justice drama “Just Mercy” as Bryan Stevenson. He’ll next be seen in “Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse,” currently in post-production to be released next year, and is lending his voice to the marvel series “What If…?”
The news of Jordan’s potential role as Creed 3 director was buried during a report from Deadline discussing MGM’s possible sale of No Time to Die to a streaming service. Not much detail is given by Deadline aside from the all-important reveal that Jordan is in consideration to direct the new movie.
It is also necessary to notice that no official announcement has been made by the studio or Jordan, which makes Deadline’s casual connection between the actor and therefore the role of Creed 3 director all the more surprising.
Should Jordan officially confirm he will direct additionally to starring in Creed 3, it might mean the actor is making his directorial debut with the new franchise instalment.
Jordan’s name has been mentioned amidst talks on who will direct Creed 3 within the past, but it’s never been certain he would take the gig.
Creed 3 news has been few and far between since we first learned MGM had hired screenwriter Zach Baylin (King Richard) to pen the script. Additionally, to Jordan, IMDb currently lists Phylicia Rashad as a returning cast member. It’s unclear if fellow Creed cast members Sylvester Stallone and Tessa Thompson will reprise their roles, too. Production details on Creed 3 are even as unknown, with a shooting schedule and release date yet to be announced.