Creed film star Michael B. Jordan is reportedly in talks to make his directorial debut for the third installment of the series. The news concerning the lead actor was first revealed in a Deadline article regarding MGM studios, which produced and distributed Creed II in 2018.
Former directors in the Creed series were Ryan Coogler, who not only directed the first installment but also other Jordan films, including Fruitvale Station and Black Panther, and Steven Caple Jr. who directed Creed II.
Creed III will be the ninth installment in the Rocky franchise which started back in 1976 with Sylvester Stallone, who went on to star in five other Rocky films. Until 2015, when the series decided to follow Adonis "Donnie" Johnson, the illegitimate son of Rocky character Apollo Creed.
The first Creed film grossed $173 million, while the second earned more than $214 million.
At 33-years-old, Jordan already has an impressive acting resume with leading roles in Fantastic Four, Black Panther, and Just Mercy.
For Creed and Creed II, Jordan films all of the fight scenes himself, without a body double. He prepares for the films by undergoing intense training with celebrity personal trainer Corey Calliet and is regularly bruises and bloodied during filming.
His latest film Without Remorse, based on Tom Clancy’s novel, is set to release in 2021. The film follows U.S. Navy SEAL John Clark as he seeks to solve his wife’s murder.
Originally set for a theatrical release by Paramount Pictures, the film’s rights were transferred to Amazon Studios due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.