Warner Bros. Pictures announced this week that production for Creed II has begun in Philadelphia.
Actors Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone will return to reprise their roles as Adonis Creed and Rocky Balboa respectively. And, it will continue the Rocky saga and serve as the sequel to the 2015 critically acclaimed Creed, which took in more than $170 million at the worldwide box office.
Ryan Coogler (Black Panther), who directed the first film, returns to the franchise as an executive producer, while Steven Caple Jr. has been tapped to direct.
“When I wrote and directed Creed, I wanted to tell a human story about a family from a new perspective, while also paying homage to the Rocky characters we’ve all grown up knowing and loving,” said Coogler. “I’ve known Steven was an amazing filmmaker since our days at USC film school together, so I can’t wait to see what he, Sly, Mike and Tessa bring to this next chapter”.
“It’s an honor to be a part of the franchise and work with such a thoughtful team,” added Caple Jr. “I got involved because I’ve always been a Rocky fan and I enjoy stories with heart and substance. But when Ryan put his touch on Creed I felt another level of connection to the franchise. It started to feel personal for many different reasons. This next Creed is a tale beyond the boxing ring and dives deeps into family, legacy, and fears.”
While details of the film are unknown, a press release says Adonis Creed will be “up against the challenge of his life” and will face “an opponent with ties to his family’s past”.
“Rocky Balboa is there by his side through it all and, together, Rocky and Adonis will confront their shared legacy, question what’s worth fighting for, and discover that nothing’s more important than family,” said the press release.
Stallone previously said that actor Dolph Lundgren would also return to reprise the role of Ivan Drago, the Russian boxer and main antagonist of 1985’s Rocky IV.
Creed II is due out Nov. 21.