Tessa Thompson Confirms Michael B. Jordan Will Direct ‘Creed 3’

In the same way that Sylvester Stallone directed many of the classic Rocky films, Michael B. Jordan is now confirmed to make his directorial debut on Creed III. A couple of months ago we learned this could be a possibility, with producer Irwin Winkler revealing in his book that he promised Jordan the gig a year earlier.

We have Jordan’s Creed co-star Tessa Thompson to thank for the news. She was doing interviews with MTV for her current film, Sylvie’s Love (review here), and said yes when asked if Jordan would direct Creed III.

Jordan takes over at an interesting point for the Creed franchise. Originally a spinoff from Rocky, there might be a clearer separation between the two now. Creed II saw Adonis Creed take on and defeat the son of Rocky Balboa’s old rival, Ivan Drago. Stallone, who has played a creative role in the series as well as co-starring, has already said his goodbyes and there’s been talk of him reprising the Rocky role in a separate project.  A break might be the right direction to go in. The last thing any of us want to see is another movie in which Adonis Creed fights another legacy case. Nobody wants to see him battle the son of Clubber Lang or Thunderlips or whatever.

Not much is known about Creed III except that it will have Zach Baylin (King Richard) on the screenplay.



Travis Hopson
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