Ryan Coogler Explains Why He’s Not Directing ‘Creed 2’
The Black Panther director, Ryan Coogler, explains why he chose Steven Caple Jr. to helm Creed 2.
While Ryan Coogler is probably off somewhere vacationing to recharge from the otherworldly success of Black Panther — there is still hype and curiosity about his next project, Creed 2. Instead of trying to double-down on the blockbuster success he’s obtained, he is bringing his grounded storytelling sensibility to the Rocky sequel / reboot, but won’t be directing it this time around.
Despite fans (and this writer’s) disappointment, Coogler chose Steven Caple Jr. to take over helming duties. Even that wasn’t enough to stave off the critics and the gossip, as most assumed Coogler’s non-involvement hard to do with the timing of the sequel, as production rubbed up against his schedule on Black Panther. But in a new interview with Kristopher Tapley’s Playback podcast, Coogler confirmed exactly why he’s not directing Creed 2:
“I mean of course it was possible. Creed was about my dad and me, so it’s a movie that I find difficult to watch. It’s difficult for me to even think about it, I’ve got so many emotional ties to it, not to mention you know how much I care about the people involved. I care deeply for Mike, obviously, deeply for Tessa, and I grew incredibly close with Sly in making that. These are people that I wanna see do well and win at all costs. There’s timing, and that film for whatever reason it had to go when it’s going. I think it’s a blessing that it’s going, man. It’s amazing that they found an incredible filmmaker in Steven Caple Jr., who’s a guy I actually went to film school with, who I have a lot of love and respect for. I can’t wait to see what he does with it.”
The release date for Creed 2 didn’t stick and Steven Caple Jr. is now going to being production. Coogler really stepped back from Creed 2 as Sylvester Stallone wrote the sequel’s script with Cheo Hodari Coker, which finds Michael B. Jordan Adonis Creed squaring off with Ivan Drago’s son. Creed is now slated to hit this year on my birthday, Nov. 21, and it appears that everything worked out how it was supposed to.
Just because Coogler won’t be behind the camera on Creed 2 doesn’t mean he’s taking a break. Up next for the critically acclaimed filmmaker is the flick, Wrong Answer, with Michael B. Jordan, about the standardized test scandal in Atlanta. Ta-Nehisi Coates is writing the screenplay.
Listen to the full podcast episode below: