Reports: Amazon Touting ‘Creed-Verse’ Efforts With Michael B. Jordan
Deadline‘s Anthony D’Alessandro, Nellie Andreeva, and Peter White are reporting that a more unilateral TV and film campaign is in the works at Amazon following the $100+ million box office success of Creed III. According to the report, a “Creed-Verse” is brewing to create an animated series, as well as a companion live-action series, and a possible project that centers on Amara, the daughter to our protagonist in the third film portrayed by Mila Davis-Kent in her film debut.
News of this comes in the wake of concurrent developments of another spin-off from the events of 2018’s Creed sequel announced last summer, briefly igniting controversy regarding the contended rights battle between producer Irwin Winkler, and Sylvester Stallone, star of the Rocky film saga and a mainstay of the franchise whose titular character bowed from the saga in the Stephen Caple Jr.-directed film. Interestingly, details at Deadline also indicate that Amazon is looking to possibly group Stallone into the mix for future projects as it’s been in talks to do long before the company acquired MGM’s library, adding “If and when something comes together, the franchise’s creator and star Sylvester Stallone is expected to be involved.”
Michael B. Jordan joined Stallone in 2015’s Creed from director Ryan Coogler in a legacy story that focuses on the son of Apollo Creed (played by Carl Weathers, who recurs in the first four Rocky films) who, in an exhibition bout against Russian boxer Ivan Drago, dies in the ring in the Stallone-directed 1985 outing, Rocky IV (read my review). Jordan reprised the role in Caple Jr.’s sequel which brings his character full-circle along with Rocky face-to-face in a bitter reunion with Drago and his prospective pugilist son, Viktor, played by Florian Munteanu (read Khalil Barnett’s review); Stallone revisited the film in 2020 and assembled a director’s cut in time for an early 2021 release titled Rocky IV: Rocky vs. Drago – The Ultimate Director’s Cut.
The latest chapter, Creed III, has Jordan plying his trade on both sides of the lens as director, and starring lead opposite Jonathan Majors. Click here to read Joe Hallett’s review.
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