The site notes that Caple Jr. was personally chosen by Stallone, and that Creed director Ryan Coogler is also expected to return as executive producer.
Rocky Balboa himself announced Monday that he's handed directorial duties for the upcoming "Creed" sequel to newcomer Steven Caple, Jr. It has been confirmed that the sequel to the 2015 Rocky spin-off Creed will no longer be directed by Sylvester Stallone. Speculation had Lesnar possibly starring as the son of the Ivan Drago character from the "Rocky IV" movie, who killed the father of the Adonis Creed character, played by Jordan.
He is making the same indie-to-studio jump that Coogler previously made, having been tapped to direct Creed after his feature directorial debut, the critically acclaimed Fruitvale Station. "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". The story will follow Adonis Creed (Jordan) inside and outside the ring as he deals with fame, family issues, and his continuing mission to be a champion.
Irwin Winkler, Charles Winkler, William Chartoff, David Winkler, and Kevin King-Templeton are set to produce, with Jordan and Guy Riedel executive producing. He recently wrote HBO's Emmett Till project, produced by Will Smith and Jay-Z and is directing the season finale of Freeform's Black-ish spinoff Grown-ish. Caple is repped by WME, Untitled and Jackoway Tyerman.
"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. A selected entry to Forbes's 2018 30 Under 30 list, Caple Jr., 29, caught everyone's attention when his film, The Land, premiered at Sundance a year ago.
Variety was first to break this news.