Sylvester Stallone steps down from directing 'Creed 2'

Sylvester Stallone steps down from directing 'Creed 2'

This odd occurrence first picked up steam when Sylvester Stallone, famous for his portrayal of fictional boxer Rocky Balboa, took to Instagram to tease the former UFC champion portraying the offspring of Rocky IV's villainous Russian rival in the upcoming Creed II.

Stallone was originally attached to direct Creed 2 - making the announcement himself via his social media back in October.

Jordan will return for Creed II alongside Stallone and Tessa Thompson, who played Bianca, Adonis' love interest in Creed. "I believe it's important for the director to also be a part of this generation like I was in mine, to make the story as relatable as possible". We are extremely lucky to have the talented young filmmaker Steven Caple Jr. step up and accept the role of director.

Sylvester Stallone is handing over the directorial duties for "Creed 2". "He and Michael B. Jordan will deliver a knockout!" he wrote. Production will begin in Philadelphia this coming March, with a release date of November 21, 2018.

Irwin Winkler, Charles Winkler, William Chartoff, David Winkler, and Kevin King-Templeton are set to produce, with Jordan and Guy Riedel executive producing.

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Luke Cage showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker penned the feature with Stallone, which will follow Adonis as he tries to navigate his newfound fame.

Caple a relative newcomer whose feature film debut "The Land" premiered at Sundance a year ago.

"We recognized Steven's talent for telling ambitious stories with incredible heart in The Land", said Winkler.

"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, '" said Jonathan Glickman, MGM's president, motion picture group. Caple Jr. was selected to helm the film "after a lengthy search", according to Variety.