In a significant development for fans of the "Creed" franchise, producer Irwin Winkler has confirmed that a fourth installment is currently in the pipeline, with Michael B. Jordan set to take the helm as director. This announcement marks a continuation of Jordan's journey with the franchise, having made a notable impact in his directorial debut with "Creed 3," as well as starring in the title role of Adonis Creed, the heavyweight champion protagonist in this popular spinoff from the iconic "Rocky" series.
"Creed 3," which hit theaters earlier this year in March, demonstrated its knockout appeal at the box office, debuting with a staggering $58 million opening weekend. This figure set a new record for the boxing-themed film series.
Despite reaching out, MGM has not yet offered comments regarding "Creed 4," as reported by Variety.
Creed's Evolving Legacy
Jordan's portrayal of Adonis Creed began in 2015 with the release of "Creed," followed by a sequel in 2018, and the recent third installment in 2023.
The first two films of the "Creed" series also featured Sylvester Stallone, reprising his iconic role as Rocky Balboa, who transitions from a former rival to a mentor figure for Adonis, the son of Apollo Creed (played by Carl Weathers).
Notably, "Creed 3" was the first film in the series not to include Stallone. Earlier in the year, Variety had disclosed that Jordan was in discussions with Amazon about expanding the "Creed" boxing universe into additional film and television projects.
While specific details of these projects remain under wraps, it is understood that these talks were aimed at leveraging the success of the MGM film franchise on Amazon Prime Video, especially following Amazon's acquisition of MGM.
Deadline initially broke the news about "Creed 4," including a video clip on Twitter where Winkler discusses the upcoming project. "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," Winkler stated.
He mentioned that plans for the film had been delayed due to industry-wide strikes but confirmed that pre-production is expected to commence approximately a year from now. This latest development is sure to generate excitement among fans and cinephiles, eagerly anticipating the next chapter in the saga of Adonis Creed.