‘Creed 2’ Could Hit Theaters In November 2017, Might Lose Director Ryan Coogler

     January 11, 2016

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The name on everybody’s lips is Creed. The half-continuation, half-reboot of the iconic franchise brought back Sylvester Stallone to train the new star Michael B. Jordan. After the box-office success from its theatrical run, word of a potential sequel has been buzzing about. And with Stallone’s first-ever Golden Globes win this past Sunday, the studio is already eyeing a potential release date for the follow-up movie … though the scheduling is not looking too good for director Ryan Coogler.

Variety reports that November 2017 is being eyed as a potential host for the release of the untitled Creed 2. MGM CEO Gary Barber told the trade during the Globes that the time slot is his goal, though he also said that nothing is set in stone.


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Coogler directed Creed, which featured Jordan as the son of boxing legend Apollo Creed and has earned $119.6 million worldwide so far. (Reminder: The production budget was approximately $35 million, which makes these earnings a knockout.) However, if this schedule becomes the law of the land, then Coogler likely won’t return. Stallone predicted his absence in a previous interview, citing the director’s busy schedule. He said at the time that he knows he’ll be gone for “a couple years,” and though he didn’t specify which film would be occupying Coogler’s time, the rising talent is expected to helm Marvel’s Black Panther starring Chadwick Boseman. The film is scheduled for release on February 18, 2018, which would probably pose a conflict. It’s also an important one for Marvel, since now we know it’ll lead into Avengers: Infinity War.

Coogler only has two feature films under his belt, Creed and Fruitvale Station, but he’s knocked both of them out of the park. While I’d love to see him return, it’s not the end of the world if he doesn’t. Stallone helmed the second, third, and fourth Rocky movies after the first was done by John G. Avildsen, who later came back to helm the fifth.

As for a potential plot for a sequel, Stallone teased that it could take a nod from The Godfather 2 and go backwards in time to bring back Carl Weathers as Apollo. Jordan might not even be needed, though if the studio knows what’s good for them and their franchise, they’ll keep this guy on board as long as possible.


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