Sylvester Stallone WON’T direct Creed 2 spin-off Rocky 2018

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The Italian Stallion won’t be sitting in the director’s chair of Creed 2!

Stallone had considered directing “Creed 2” at one point, but after talking it over with Jordan and the execs, they made the decision to find another director. After a lengthy search, Jordan and Stallone personally picked Caple to take the reins.

“The character of [Michael B. Jordan’s] Adonis Creed reflects this generation and its challenges,” Stallone said (via Variety).

“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. I am confident that he and Michael B. Jordan will hit it out of the park!”

“It’s an honour to be a part of such an iconic franchise and to work with such great collaborators,” Caple said. “Mike, Sly, and Tessa are extraordinarily talented and bring something special to today’s culture. I look forward to joining the family and continuing the precedent set by this franchise’s alumni of incredible filmmakers.”

Michael B. Jordan also backed the decision for Ryan Coogler to pass the torch to Steven Caple Jr, although Coogler is expected to be involved in Creed 2 as an executive producer.

Creed 2 is expected to reach US cinemas on November 21, 2018.

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