Plans are moving forward for a sequel to box office smash Creed – but without director Ryan Coogler.
The movie has already passed the $120 million mark worldwide, along with a Best Supporting Actor Golden Globe award for Sylvester Stallone, so it is no surprise to learn that MGM are keen to bring a follow-up to the big-screen. CEO Gary Barber has told Variety that the working plan is for Creed 2 to release in November 2017.
Unfortunately, that likely confirms that director Ryan Coogler will not be returning to helm the sequel, with the director agreeing to direct Marvel’s Black Panther. With that film due for release in February 2016, it would be impossible for him to work on both.
Stallone appeared to allude to this recently, when he admitted that “There’s a diminishing time acceptance of a sequel. Three years is a little much.”, suggesting that three years is the timeframe when Coogler when next be available after finishing up with Marvel.
It is believed that Coogler would remain involved as an executive producer, and has already held discussions with Stallone over a possible story fo the sequel. Says Stallone;
“You’ll have him face a different opponent, which I would say is a more ferocious, big Russian. There’s a lot there.”