You see the article right below this one? Talking about how most actors want to be directors? Well, here is another example!
For the past year, there was a rumor floating around that Michael B. Jordan was going to direct Creed 3. No one could report on it officially though, because it had not been confirmed.
Well, now it’s confirmed. The 34-year-old actor will make his directorial debut with the threequel, which is expected to be released on Thanksgiving 2022.
Jordan released the following statement:
Directing has always been an aspiration, but the timing had to be right. Creed III is that moment — a time in my life where I’ve grown more sure of who I am, holding agency in my own story, maturing personally, growing professionally, and learning from the Greats like Ryan Coogler, most recently Denzel Washington, and other top tier directors I respect. All of which sets the table for this moment. This franchise and in particular the themes of Creed III are deeply personal to me
And I mean, it kinda makes sense. No one knows this franchise better than him, so why not give him control?
For those who don’t remember, the first ‘Creed’ film hit theaters back in 2015 to rave reviews and a stellar box office run. The second film was released in 2018, and it too received mostly positive reviews.
Jordan is hoping he can keep those good reviews and $$$ flowing.
Michael B. Jordan has starred in the first two ‘Creed‘ films. The first entry in the franchise was released back in 2015 and received glowing reviews from both critics and fans of the ‘Rocky’ franchise.
It went on to make over $170 million at the box office against a budget of just $40 million.
The sequel, Creed II, was released in 2018 and while it wasn’t loved as much as the original by critics, it did gross more than $200 million worldwide.
The first film was directed by Ryan Coogler, the second film was directed by Steven Caple Jr., and now we are learning the third entry will be directed by Michael B. Jordan.
This surprise was dropped by Jordan’s co-star, Tessa Thompson. During an interview with MTV, Thompson talked about how Jordan is set to direct and filming is expected to begin later this year.
She joked that she’s gonna use his ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ title to her advantage when filming begins…
It’s gonna be ammo, I think, for me when he is engaging with me as a director. I’m just gonna tell him to dial down the sexiness.
We’re not gonna make [the movie] until later [next] year. Who knows what happens? … I don’t know if he’ll still be the Sexiest Man Alive in six months. No, I’m proud of him. I’m so happy for him.
This will be Jordan’s big-screen directorial debut, so it’s a pretty huge deal.
He’s just 33-years-old, so if this film is a success, he just opened even more doors for himself in Hollywood.
It’s been a long search, trying to find Michael B. Jordan’s co-star in the upcoming film ‘Journal for Jordan‘ but it looks like they’ve finally found her.
According to a new report, Chante Adams (The Photograph) has landed the female lead role.
Denzel Washington is set to direct the project, which is based on Dana Canedy’s best-selling memoir, which was published back in 2008.
The film tells the true story of Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Canedy’s love affair with First Sergeant Charles Monroe King. King kept a journal full of poignant life lessons for their newborn son Jordan while deployed overseas. He was killed in Iraq in 2006 when Jordan was just seven months old, but his spirit lives on in his messages of love to Dana and Jordan.
Adams will, of course, be playing Canedy in the feature film. No word on when this film might begin production, but now that they’ve found their female lead, we’re assuming they’ll move fairly quickly.
In the meantime, you can catch Adams in the just released Hulu film, Bad Hair.
The world lost a truly wonderful soul last Friday in Chadwick Boseman. The ‘Black Panther’ star privately battled colon cancer for four years. He was just 43-years-old.
Several celebrities have paid tribute to Boseman, including ‘Black Panther’ director, Ryan Coogler. If you haven’t read his tribute, click on this link to check it out.
This past weekend, Michael B. Jordan wrote his own tribute. Jordan co-starred in ‘Black Panther’ alongside Boseman. Jordan played the villain, Erik Killmonger.
The two actors knew each other long before they shared the screen together. In a 2018 Howard University commencement speech, Boseman said he turned down a role on ‘All My Children’ early in his career because of the stereotypical depiction of the character. Coincidentally, Jordan ended up being recast in the role when he was 16.
In Jordan’s tribute, he writes that he wishes he had more time with Boseman.
I’ve been trying to find the words, but nothing comes close to how I feel. I’ve been reflecting on every moment, every conversation, every laugh, every disagreement, every hug…everything. I wish we had more time.
Everything you’ve given the world … the legends and heroes that you’ve shown us we are … will live on forever. But the thing that hurts the most is that I now understand how much of a legend and hero YOU are.
It’s an incredibly touching tribute, and you should read the whole thing below…
Michael B. Jordan is tired of dying on screen, so he’s simply not going to do it anymore.
While promoting his upcoming film ‘Just Mercy‘ at the Toronto International Film Festival, the 32-year-old actor talked about why he no longer accepts roles where his character dies.
I never thought about what my mom went through seeing her son die so many times and how she would cry so hard and it would tear me up, and when I got older and matured and started looking at things, I was like, ‘Man, I can’t do this anymore.’
It wasn’t just the emotional reaction from his mother, though. He wanted to live. He wanted to see his characters survive and thrive at the end.
Part of the reason why I almost refused a lot of roles [was] because I can’t die anymore. I want people to see me live. I want for me, as a character, I want to survive all three acts. I want people to watch me right into the credits. That’s kind of what I was going for, so it was strategic to walk away from some of those roles and start living.
Jordan is talented enough to do something like this. He’s reached a point in his career where he can actively turn down roles ’cause he knows something better is going to hit his desk.
Other actors though? They gonna have to keep dying.
Michael B. Jordan’s stock continues to rise in Hollywood. He’s one of the hottest actors in the game. Everyone wants a little taste, and it was announced this week that Warner Bros. is getting the next taste.
Jordan will produce and star in a ‘Methuselah’ movie based on the Biblical story of a man who lived to be 969 years old.
This project is going to be huge. Before Jordan, names like Will Smith and Tom Cruise were attached…
Zach Dean wrote an early script after coming on to the project in 2014. The most recent draft was written by Tony Gilroy. Methuselah is referenced in the Book of Genesis as the son of Enoch, who lived to be 365 years old. The scripts have focused on Methuselah’s survival skills.
Gilroy is the screenwriter behind ‘The Bourne Identity‘ franchise, Michael Clayton and most recently Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
Not much else is known about this project, but we will keep you posted as more details are released. For now, you can catch Jordan in the upcoming drama ‘Just Mercy‘ with Brie Larson and Jamie Foxx.
We have been waiting for this second trailer for months, and we’re happy to report it’s finally here. Michael B. Jordan is back for Creed II, and he looks like an absolutely beast. Honestly, his physique might be the most impressive thing about this trailer.
He put on some muscle because he’s going up against Viktor Drago, the son of Rocky IV antagonist Ivan Drago, who killed Creed’s father, Apollo.
This sequel was directed by Steven Caple Jr. and written by Sylvester Stallone. The first Creed film scored a 95% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and made over $160 million at the box office.
Creed II will hit theaters November 21, and it looks like it’s going to be just as good (if not better) than the first film,
Michael B. Jordan continues to dominate Hollywood. He’s the star of the new Rocky franchise, he co-starred in Black Panther, he was in the award-winning 2013 film Fruitvale Station. The dude is all over the place.
And now we are hearing he’ll be leading a new film series. According to multiple reports, Jordan is set to play Tom Clancy character John Clark. Paramount is developing two films based on Clancy’s novels Rainbow Six and Without Remorse.
Clark is the lead character in both books. Without Remorse will be the first film in the franchise and it’ll work as an origin story for the character.
“Clark, a.k.a. John Terrence Kelly, is an ex-Navy Seal-turned-operations officer for the CIA and would go on to appear in 17 novels starting with 1988’s ‘The Cardinal of the Kremlin.’ Though mainly seen as a secondary character who helps CIA analysis Jack Ryan with more of the physical elements of any mission, Clark finally stepped into the spotlight with ‘Without Remorse,’ which tells his backstory on how he came to work for the CIA.”
Paramount is currently meeting with writers and directors to see who might be a good fit. No word on when they’re hoping to release the first movie, but we will keep you posted.
As for now, all the congratulations go to Jordan. He’s getting that $$$.
Have you been waiting for this Creed sequel since, well, 20 minutes after watching the original film? We’re in the same boat. For a reboot/continuation of an old franchise, the original Creed movie worked so well. It could have been terrible, but it was actually award-winning.
And now they’re coming back with Creed II. Both Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone have returned for this sequel. Tessa Thompson also returned.
The studio behind the movie released a few images from the set this week. The photos show Michael B. Jordan training with Rocky and walking to the ring with his crew behind him.
“Creed II is about going back to basics to rediscover what made you a champion in the first place, and remembering that, no matter where you go, you can’t escape your history.”
Creed II will jab its way inside a theater near you November 21. You will not want to miss it.