The Rocky franchise has been up and running for over four decades at this point, and while Sylvester Stallone couldn’t keep Rocky Balboa in the ring forever, they’ve found a great replacement in Michael B. Jordan’s Adonis Creed. When the first Creed was announced, fans were skeptical, but behind Ryan Coogler and Aaron Covington’s screenplay and Coogler’s work as the director, most fans of the franchise were extremely happy with the story’s continuation to a new generation.
Now, with Creed II due in theaters in three months, they’ll try to find the magic one more time, but this time they’ll have to do it without Ryan Coogler’s direction. Coogler also handed over screenwriting duties back to Sylvester Stallone, who wrote every other film in the series except Creed, and Cheo Hodari Coker. Coker is probably best known for his work on Luke Cage, Southland, and Ray Donovan, but he’ll take his talents to the big screen for Creed II. Coogler also gave his blessing to Steven Caple Jr., who takes over the directorial duties for this film.
With Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, and Tessa Thompson back on board, it’s sure to be another great installation into the series. Dolph Lundgren is also back in the iconic role of Ivan Drago. Ivan’s son, Viktor Drago, will be Adonis’ opponent for this go around and will be played by the hulking Florian Munteanu. Regardless of the cast, fans will be hoping for a great story with great action in the ring, and if the set photos and trailer is any indication, it’s exactly what we’re going to get. Everything can’t be too serious, though. Sly recently took to Instagram to show some him working on set with Jordan…
If anything, the photo is a great reminder of how special the Rocky franchise is. To start in 1976 with a Best Picture winner at the Oscars to 2018 with another highly-anticipated feature, you’ve got to be doing something right!