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Michael B. Jordan set to direct ‘Creed 4’

Producer Irwin Winkler has revealed that a fourth instalment to the Creed franchise is in the works, with Michael B. Jordan set to direct the movie.

Creed was released in 2015, acting as a spin-off of the popular Rocky series created by Sylvester Stallone. Jordan starred as Adonis Creed, the son of Stallone’s former opponent, Apollo Creed.

In the Creed series, Rocky becomes a mentor to Adonis, whose father was killed in the ring by Ivan Drago in Rocky IV, dying in the titular character’s arms.

A sequel to Creed was released in 2018, and a subsequent follow-up came in 2023. While Ryan Coogler directed the first instalment, Steven Caple Jr. helmed Creed II, and Jordan took charge of Creed III.

Creed III was Jordan’s directorial debut, raking in $58million at the box office in its debut weekend. It has amassed a worldwide gross of $275.3million. 

Winkler spoke to Deadline to discuss plans for a fourth movie. He said, “We’re planning to do Creed 4 right now — it’s in the works — and we think we have a really good story, a really good plot.”

The producer added that due to the ongoing Hollywood strikes halting plans to get the ball rolling on the project, “probably a year from now we’re going for pre-production.”

In a four-star review of Creed III, Far Out wrote: “The third Rocky film was an utter disappointment, looking to cash in by bringing in Mr T as Stallone’s rival, leaving doubt as to where the series might be heading – although this subsequently led to one of the franchise’s best efforts in Rocky IV.”

The review continued: “Creed III suffers no such fate, although one might be concerned as to whether the writing and directing team can muster up yet another winner. At some point, one must simply lay down on the mat, be counted out, and hang up their gloves one final time with admonishing respect.”

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