Just as Sylvester Stallone did before him with Rocky, Michael B. Jordan took the directing reins of his signature boxing franchise with Creed III. Back in February, before the film even was released, Jordan was already promising that Creed 4 would be happening. So perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised that he’ll also step into the director role once again.
The news was confirmed by producer Irwin Winkler during the Deadline Contenders showcase, with an update on when the film will actually begin shooting…
“I’m not supposed to say, but he will be”, Winkler teased to a laughing crowd.
He added that filming was planning to take place in about a year.
“We think we have a really good story, a really good plot,” he said.
Creed III saw Jordan make his directorial debut while also returning to star as Adonis Creed, son of boxer Apollo Creed, best friend to Rocky Balboa. This was the first movie in the franchise not to feature Stallone as Rocky, largely due to creative differences. The film was still a success with $275M worldwide.
It’s unclear which characters will be returning for Creed 4, but you can expect Tessa Thompson as Adonis’ wife, Bianca, probably Wood Harris as trainer Little Duke Evers, Mila Davis-Kent as daughter Amara Creed, and maybe even Florian Munteanu as Viktor Drago, son of former Rocky foe Ivan Drago. Doubtful we’ll see Jonathan Majors as Adonis’ friend-turned-foe Dame Anderson, but one never knows.