“While it still isn’t clear whether a sequel to Creed would focus on Adonis Johnson or Apollo Creed, MGM is hoping to have the second movie in the hit franchise in theaters two years after the release of the first, according to Variety.
Speaking with an MGM executive at the Golden Globes last night, Variety learned of a November 2017 target date for Creed 2.
“That’s my goal,” MGM CEO Gary Barber said, although it isn’t yet official.
With Michael B. Jordan’s star rising and the failure of Fantastic Four, Creed not only reinvigorated the Rocky universe but helped cement studios’ faith in Jordan as a franchise leading man. It would seem like including him in the next installment would be a no-brainer, but Rocky creator and franchise executive producer Sylvester Stallone said recently that the next film might actually go back in time and feature Stallone and Carl Weathers interacting before Apollo’s death in 1985’s Rocky IV.
“Ryan has some ideas of going forward and backward and actually seeing Rocky and Apollo together,” Stallone revealed. “Think of The Godfather [Part] 2. That’s what he was thinking of, which was kind of ambitious…”