Knockout News: Michael B. Jordan set to direct Creed IV, confirms producer
Producer Irwin Winkler spills the beans that Michael B. Jordan is set to step into the director's role for Creed IV.
Michael B Jordan (Source: Los Angeles Times)
In exclusive videos shared by Deadline on X (formerly known as Twitter), 92-year-old producer Irwin Winkler unveils the exciting news that Creed IV is officially in the pipeline, with none other than Michael B. Jordan at the helm! Winkler hints at filming kicking off in approximately a year, and when pressed about Jordan's role as director, he playfully spills the secret to a burst of laughter from the audience.
The Rocky franchise is in for a remarkable twist as Jordan steps into the director's shoes for the highly anticipated Creed IV.
SAG-AFTRA Strike Impact:
The exciting revelation about Michael B. Jordan directing Creed IV follows closely on the heels of Irwin Winkler's confirmation of the movie during the same interview. Winkler discloses that the pre-production process faced a delay due to the SAG-AFTRA strike. Despite the setback, he expresses enthusiasm about continuing the beloved franchise.
Winkler shares insights into the upcoming sports drama, stating, "We think we have a really good story, a really good plot." This assurance from the seasoned producer heightens anticipation for Creed IV, promising not only a compelling continuation of the Rocky legacy but also a fresh narrative that will undoubtedly captivate fans and newcomers alike.
Michael B. Jordan made his directorial debut in Creed III, where he also played the role of Adonis Johnson Creed, the son of the legendary Apollo Creed from the Rocky movies. The flick hit screens in March 2023 and pulled off a knockout move, snagging the title of the sports film with the biggest opening ever—raking in over $58 million in the first weekend.
The third movie saw the return of original cast members Jordan, Phylicia Rashad (Mary Anne Creed), Tessa Thompson (Adonis' wife, Bianca), and Wood Harris (Adonis' trainer), but was the first of the franchise to not feature Sylvester Stallone's Rocky Balboa.
Having already left an indelible mark as both the director and star of Creed III, Jordan's creative prowess and commitment to the series promise a compelling and fresh perspective for the upcoming installment. As the countdown to Creed IV begins, the anticipation is palpable, and the stage is set for another knockout chapter in this beloved cinematic saga.