2017 truly is the year for director replacements. Just a week after Dexter Fletcher was hired to replace Bryan Singer on Bohemian Rhapsody, Variety is reporting that Steven Caple Jr. has been hired by MGM and Warner Bros. to direct Creed 2.
Apparently, the decision came from Sylvester Stallone himself, who decided not to direct the anticipated sequel as originally rumored. Stallone, and returning star Michael B. Jordan, handpicked Caple as director. Stallone is still credited with writing the screenplay alongside Cheo Hodari Coker.
MGM’s president Jonathon Glickman had this to say:
“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.”
While Steven Caple Jr. announced his excitement to direct Creed 2:
“It’s an honor to be a part of such an iconic franchise and to work with such great collaborators. 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.”
Excited for Coogler to hand over the reins to Steven Caple, Jr. – our director for Creed 2! Can’t wait to bring you guys the next chapter of our story … coming at you November 2018. 👊🏾👊🏾 #Creed2
— Michael B. Jordan (@michaelb4jordan) December 11, 2017
Production on the sequel is set to begin in March in Philadelphia. Tessa Thompson will also be reprising her role as Bianca, alongside Jordan and Stallone.
Creed 2 is scheduled to hit theaters November 21, 2018.