Creed: Ryan Coogler Probably Won’t Direct Sequel Because Of Black Panther

‘Creed’, the much-vaunted ‘Rocky’ spin-off that hits UK cinemas today, has already been a huge hit in America earning Sylvester Stallone an Oscar nomination, so it’s no surprise people are already talking about a sequel.

Variety broke the news that MGM is already aiming for a November 2017 release for ‘Creed 2′, but this could cause problem for director Ryan Coogler who’s just been announced as the director of Marvel’s Black Panther due July 2018.

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“We’ll see,” Coogler told Yahoo Movies diplomatically in our interview above, “It all depends on how fast the studio and Irwin [Winkler - producer] are trying to move.”

“If they wanna move fast, and it’s likely they will, my involvement would be more limited than it was on ‘Creed’.”

Stallone recently revealed he hoped to revive Carl Weathers’ Apollo Creed character in some capacity, even though he died in ‘Rocky IV’. 

“Ryan has some ideas of going forward and backward and actually seeing Rocky and Apollo together,” Stallone revealed to Variety. “Think of ‘The Godfather 2.’ That’s what he was thinking of, which was kind of ambitious.” 

However, Coogler remained hesitant to commit to any hints about the possible storyline of ‘Creed 2′.

“We’ve talked about it a little bit,” he explains, “Not super-definitively but it’s something that we’ve definitely kicked around and jazzed and it started to come more in focus.”

Michael B Jordan, who plays Adonis Creed the illegitimate son of Apollo and star of the film, says he’s excited to find out where they’ll take the series next.

“There are so many rich characters and it’s open-ended with Creed, so there’s so many ways they could go, it’ll be interesting to see what they come up with.”

‘Creed’ is in cinemas now.

Image credits: MGM/Warner Bros.