Sadly, Ryan Coogler return to direct "Creed 2," Sylvester Stallone will take over as director.

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A sequel was inevitable and we all know Sylvester Stallone loves his sequels, just look at what he did with RamboRocky and The Expendables. So it comes as no surprise that Stallone will indeed be back for the upcoming, and much anticipated, Creed Sequel. Dolph Lundgren, who plays Ivan Drago, will also star in the film. Stallone stated that the current draft he is working on, in a spiral scrapbook no less, is 439 pages and will translate to “a 120 page typed screenplay”.

Stallone, whom many believe deserved the Academy Award for his performance in "Creed," took to Instagram yet again and announced the news that he, not Ryan Coogler, would be directing "Creed 2," he wrote: “Looking forward to directing and Producing The incredibly talented Michael B Jordan in CREED 2 next year … One more Round ! 

Good news? I would say bittersweet, more than anything. Stallone can direct, decently, but Coogler changed the game with "Creed." He revitalized the boxing genre for the new millennium. There is no way Stallone can achieve what Coogler did. "Creed 2" might be a good movie, but it won't be a great one like "Creed." For all the gravitas and passion Sly has brought to his Rocky franchise over the years, his talents as a director are decent, old-school but conventional. I like what he did with "Rocky Balboa" a few years back, but what made "Creed" so good was the fresh new blood Coogler injected into the veins of this tired old franchise.

Here's what I wrote about it back in 2015:
"As an incredibly cinematic sport, boxing films are often rife with clichés. So then, what a welcome surprise it was to have a "Rocky" movie that actually delivered the thrills and goosebumps that made the original 1976 film such a great film. Although the story might be familiar, Ryan Coogler's "Creed" had a freshness and vitality that only a young, talented filmmaker and actor could bring to the table. Coogler and his actor Michael B Jordan, fresh off their Sundance triumph just two years ago with "Fruitvale Station," infused Rocky with 21st century modernism and style that Sylvester Stallone would have never been able to pull off if he were the writer-director, although I will say  that 2006's "Rocky Balboa" wasn't half-bad either. The way Coogler shot "Creed" brought some much-needed new blood to the tired boxing genre, a perfect example would the way he reinvented how a boxing match could be shot."

"There's an audacious sequence mid-way through the film that seamlessly flows as a single unbroken shot, the scene follows Jordan's Adonis Creed as he squares off against Leo Sporino (Gabe Rosado) in the boxing ring. The way Coogler’s camera circles its way through the ring is nothing more than ground-breaking; never had a boxing match felt this intimate, visceral or gut-wrenching than at that very moment. You felt every punch in the fights featured in "Creed" and it all but cemented Coogler an incredible talent to watch."
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