People always be complaining about intellectual property and the dearth of originality and adaptations and superhero movies and etc. etc., like we didn’t have countless unnecessary/incredible sequels and remakes in the 80s. Sylvester Stallone has made nearly a dozen Rocky and Rambo movies alone!
Anyway, at least two of those Rocky sequels are great, and at least one of those Rambo sequels features Sly camouflaging himself in mud in order to murder someone, so leave them alone!
Sly has stopped making Rocky movies, but the franchise hasn’t died, because Ryan Coogler and Michael B. Jordan gave it new life with the fantastic Creed, and then it had its own inferior but fun sequel. And now Jordan is following in his on-screen mentor’s footsteps off-screen as well. He will be directing Creed III!
The movie will hit theaters around Thanksgiving next year. No word yet on whether Tommy “Machine” Gunn had a child he can fight on the street in keeping with the franchise’s redux of the Rocky series.
“Directing has always been an aspiration, but the timing had to be right,” said Jordan in a statement. “Creed III is that moment — a time in my life where I’ve grown more sure of who I am, holding agency in my own story, maturing personally, growing professionally, and learning from the greats like Ryan Coogler, most recently Denzel Washington, and other top tier directors I respect. All of which sets the table for this moment.”
Jordan, who will next be seen in the Tom Clancy adaptation Without Remorse, is great as Apollo’s son, and boxing movies really only need to be half-good to be a lot of fun, so hopefully, he shows enough chops in his directorial debut to make it worth our while. At any rate, it can’t be worse than Rocky V, which is one of the funniest movies ever made.