Creed 4 is moving forward, with Michael B. Jordan on board to direct.
Irwin Winkler, producer of the Rocky and Creed franchises, broke the news at Deadline‘s Contenders Los Angeles film convention on Saturday, Nov. 18.
“I’ll be back for Michael. We’re planning to do Creed 4 right now, it’s in the works. We think we have a really good story, a really good plot,” Winkler said.
The veteran producer added, “We got a little delayed because of the strike, like everybody else. But probably a year from now, we’re going into pre-production.”
Winkler noted that Jordan was instrumental in taking the Creed franchise in a new direction.
“Michael and the creative team had the beautiful vision from the start to create a wholly new and different experience for this movie,” he said.
Jordan joined the franchise as Adonis Johnson, the son of boxing champion Apollo Creed from an extra-marital affair, in the 2015 film Creed. Johnson sought the help of retired boxing champ Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) to help him win in the ring.
The film was directed by Black Panther’s Ryan Coogler. Steven Caple Jr. directed Creed II three years later, before moving on to the Transformers franchise. Jordan made his directorial debut earlier this year on Creed III.
The story was based on characters created Sylvester Stallone. Creed III was the first installment without Stallone.
The actor and writer sold the rights to the franchise to Winkler in the 1970s after falling on hard times.
Stallone told Men’s Health in November 2022, that he wanted nothing to do with Creed III after clashing with Winkler over the franchise’s creative direction.
“You can’t make peace with someone who’s been so, so nefarious, in my opinion,” Stallone said.
Creed III premiered on March 3, and earned over $275 million at the worldwide box office.