Set to direct Creed II now is Steven Caple Jr, an up-and-comer whose credits mostly consist of short films. Caple’s sole feature film as writer and director is the 2016 drama The Land, which followes four teenage boys on the streets of Cleveland, Ohio.
Caple will be directing returning cast members Michael B. Jordan, Stallone and Dolph Lundgren (returning as Ivan Drago), and will be working from a screenplay penned by Stallone.
“It’s an honor to be a part of such an iconic franchise and to work with such great collaborators,” Caple said in a statement. “Mike, Sly, and Tessa are extraordinarily talented and bring something special to today’s culture. I look forward to joining the family and continuing the precedent set by this franchise’s alumni of incredible filmmakers.”
Said Jonathan Glickman, MGM’s president, motion picture group: “We could not be more fortunate and excited for the collaboration of Steven, Sly, Michael and the producers, to build upon the success of Creed. The combination of Steven’s talent and unique vision makes him the perfect director to continue the Rocky franchise’s storied lineage.”
Stallone took to Instagram, saying that he thought the film needed a director who was part of “this generation”:
The character of Adonis Creed reflects this generation, and I believe it is important to have a director who is part of it , that is why I think we are Lucky to have Stephen Caple ,Jr A wonderful new talent take over The directorial chores and make the story as relatable as possible… He and Michael B Jordan will deliver a knockout!u
Jordan also hit Instagram…
The first film made $US173.5 million worldwide from a production budget of $US35 million. Stallone was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his impressive performance. Ryan Coogler, who directed the film and is currently finishing up Black Panther, is said to be joining this sequel as executive producer.
Creed II has been scheduled for US release on November 21, 2018.