Sylvester Stallone Will Direct & Produce 'Creed 2' Himself

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"One more Round!" he captioned.

The actor, who produced and co-starred in the Rocky spinoff, announced Monday night that he'll return next year to produce and direct the sequel, starring Michael B. Jordan in the title role.

To some surprise, the founder of the Rocky franchise Sylvester Stallone will be directing the upcoming film in the franchise named "Creed 2".

Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station, upcoming Black Panther) directed the first movie to huge acclaim, but obviously will not return for this second instalment, which Stallone reveals through his message that should roll into production next year for a supposed 2019 release.

Stallone announced on September 1 that "Creed 2" would be shooting next year and posted a still of himself and Jordan training, on his Instagram account with the caption "Getting stronger!" His performance in Creed, playing his iconic character Rocky also saw him earn a third Oscar nomination, after having been nominated twice for the first film, as an actor and writer.

And Sly has been teasing some sort of connection between "Rocky IV" and "Creed 2" for months now, notably the involvement of Dolph Lundgren's Ivan Drago from "Rocky IV". Previous discussions for the next installment had the story potentially mirror Rocky IV, or even take a page from The Godfather Part II playbook and feature recurring flashbacks to Apollo Creed before his death.

In addition to playing Balboa, Stallone has written all the six films before "Creed".

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